#Pollution

.Grenoble, France
Biagio di Maio, researcher at CNR (National Research Council) takes samples of pink colored snow on July 4, 2020 on the top of the Presena glacier near Pellizzano. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Scarlet streaks that look like blood have appeared on the French Alps glaciers
  • Experts are calling it a symptom of the escalating climate disaster
  • The phenomenon known as "glacier blood" is formed by snow-borne microalgae

World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Brazil. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • This year's theme for World Oceans Day is "The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods"
  • As the ocean covers over 70% of the planet, it is our primary source of life and sustenance
  • The ocean is also responsible for at least 50% of the planet's oxygen

.Hawaii, USA
The CO2 concentration is the highest since measurements began. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Measurements for May 2021 averaged 419 parts per million (ppm), up from 417 ppm in May 2020
  • Carbon dioxide is the most abundant human-created greenhouse gas
  • The May 2020 to May 2021 increase of 1.8 ppm was slightly less than previous years

The idyllic image of peaceful Swiss Alpine pastures is being shattered by upcoming votes on pesticides. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • The Swiss will vote to make Switzerland the first country in the world to ban synthetic pesticides
  • In Switzerland, popular votes occur every few months at national, regional and local levels.
  • Any topic can be put to a national vote as long as it gathers 100,000 signatures

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Eight million metric tons of plastic is dumped into oceans every year. (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • Only 9% of plastic produced since 1950s has been recycled
  • Pollution cuts global average life expectancy by 1.8 years per person
  • In 1952, as many as 12,000 people lost their lives to the Great Smog in London

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
An environment-friendly event will go a long way when it comes to reducing pollution. (Photo credit: unsplash)

  • Want to truly host an environment friendly event, start at the beginning
  • Reducing carbon footprint should be the focal point of a sustainable event
  • Go green and say no to plastic can be your motto for hosting an environmental-friendly party

.Colombo, Sri Lanka
ICG ships Vajra and Vaibhav engaged in dousing the flames at the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl engulfed in flames off Colombo port in Sri Lanka. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Sri Lanka is facing its worst beach pollution crisis in its history
  • The X-Press Pearl caught fire as it waited to enter Colombo harbour 
  • Tonnes of plastic waste from the burning container ship have been washed ashore

.Paris, France
The square in front of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been closed to the public. (Photo Credit : Twitter/ @notredameparis)

  • The square in front of Notre-Dame was reopened a few weeks after the 2019 fire
  • Tests had revealed high concentrations of toxic lead particles
  • The 2019 fire melted some 300 tonnes of lead panelling in the roof

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
New research shows that when used face masks are disposed of in water, potentially dangerous chemical pollutants are released. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The study revealed that micro/nanoparticles and heavy metals were released from used masks
  • Dangerous chemical pollutants, including lead, antimony, and copper were released from used maks in water
  •  We "urgently need more research and regulation on mask production," a scientist leading the research said

Climate change is believed to be making fire seasons longer and more dangerous. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Australia's fire services carry out "hazard reduction burning" outside summer months
  • Ferries were cancelled and the city's five million residents were told to stay indoors
  • Fires ravaged much of eastern Australia in 2019-2020, killing 33 people