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Sri Lankans demand UK take back rotting waste – BBC News

Sri Lankans are up in arms over the alleged dumping of hazardous waste from Britain, including syringes and suspected human remains from mortuaries. The government has urged Britain to immediately take back more than 100 containers sent to the island nation that contained the putrid waste mixed up amid mattresses, …

Heat, water and plastic in France – Green on blue

Bottled water has greens worried It was the day the temperature reached a French all-time record of 45.9°C (114.6°F). At the station in the sleepy Provençal town of Orange, a high-speed tgv train was being held indefinitely due to forest fires farther down the track, and passengers were wilting in the stifling heat. …

India is running out of water, fast | News | Al Jazeera

Delayed monsoon rains highlight fragility of the water supply in the deeply agrarian South Asian country. At least 21 cities in India, including capital New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting around 100 million people. India’s news network NDTV said 40 percent of India’s population will …

Koalas are now ‘functionally extinct’. Here’s what it means

LAST WEEK, the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia”, making the species “functionally extinct”. While this number is dramatically lower than the most recent academic estimates, there’s no doubt koala numbers in many places are in steep decline. It’s hard to …

Early ocean plastic litter traced to 1960s – BBC News

Old-fashioned metal boxes that have been dragged around the ocean since 1931 have accidentally created a record of the history of ocean plastic. The devices – known as continuous plankton recorders (CPRs) – first ensnared a plastic bag off the coast of Ireland in 1965. This, researchers say, could be …