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Oceans: Facial scrubs release 94,500 toxic microbeads in each wash, research finds
The numbers of polluting plastic beads commonly found in everyday face scrub have been revealed by scientists.
Researchers at Plymouth University found that each time facewash is used, 94,500 “microbeads” can be released into the oceans.
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The small plastic balls, also found in toothpaste, are too small to be filtered out by sewage systems before they reach rivers and seas. They are then eaten by marine life.
“It can be hard to convey in words how small these beads are and how many are released by one wash,” Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at the university, told The Sunday Times.
Microbeads are one of the fastest growing forms of marine pollution. Once eaten by one animal, they can travel up the food chain.
Read in full at www.independent.co.uk/news/science/facial-scrubs-release-94500-toxic-microbeads-in-each-wash-rese...
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Indonesia: Govt declares national park in top palm oil-producing province
A wildlife reserve and surrounding areas on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra were declared the country’s newest national park on Friday, part of the festivities for World Environment Day.
Zamrud National Park is located in the Siak district of Riau province, whose vast peat swamp zones have been widely drained and dried for oil palm and pulpwood production, creating the conditions for the annual fires that envelop the region in a toxic haze. During September and October last year, the fires released more carbon than the entire EU.
The peat-rich Zamrud spans 31,480 hectares and is home to two major lakes — Pulau Besar Lake and Bawah Lake — and to 38 kinds of bird, including 12 protected species, according to government data. Rare mammals like the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) also live there.
Due to weak law enforcement and corruption, large parts of Riau’s other national parks, Tesso Nilo and Bukit Tigapuluh, have been trashed by encroachers. Tesso Nilo in particular is home to a multitude of illegal oil palm plantations which are regularly linked to the supply chains of multinational companies like Unilever and Nestle, which have pledged to eliminate deforestation from their supply networks. More than 40% of Riau’s forests have been cleared for industrial concessions since 2001, the World Resources Institute said last week.
Read in full on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/07/indonesia-declares-national-park-in-top-palm-oil-producing-province/
#Indonesia #Sumatra #forests #tigers #bears #birds #palmoil
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2 hours ago ·
Pleased to share the latest press release & film from our friends at Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) ...
"Commercial Farming and Trade of Endangered Species in Vietnam - A Shortcut to Extinction"
Hanoi, July 27, 2016 - Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV) today hosted a press conference on the need to fully prohibit farming and trade of endangered species in Vietnam following a lively round-table meeting held yesterday (July 26) with representatives from law enforcement agencies, decision makers, scientists and conservation experts.
The wildlife trade poses a serious threat to Vietnam’s biodiversity, and has directly resulted in the loss of species such as the Javan rhino in 2010, and is pushing other species like tigers, elephants, crocodiles, pangolins and rare primates, to the brink of extinction. The illegal wildlife trade is primarily driven by demand from consumers in Vietnam and China.
At the same time, there are voices from within certain segments of Vietnamese society promoting commercial farming and trade of wildlife, citing the economic benefits to farmers and the value that farming could have in conservation.
However, a growing number of people including frontline law enforcement officers, scientists, decision-makers, and the general public have joined the conservation community in opposing any measure that would permit endangered species from being commercially traded, questioning the wisdom of proponents of the plan to put profits over the importance of protecting wild populations of these species, and calling the commercial farming and trade of endangered species a “shortcut to extinction”.
“We believe that commercial farming and trade of endangered species will accelerate their rate of extinction,” says Bui Thi Ha, Vice Director of ENV. “Engaging in this sort of profiteering at the expense of the future of some of the world’s most critically endangered species is reckless, benefiting only a small number of people
at the expense of all of us .”
Ms. Ha has outlined ENV’s position calling for a 100 per cent ban on the commercial farming and trade of endangered species that are protected under Vietnamese law or international treaty (specifically the Convention on Trade of Endangered Species, Appendix I) based on three critical factors:
• Little if any conservation value
• Legal trade compromises enforcement efforts
• Stimulate market demand
Read today's ENV release in full at envietnam.org/images/News_Resources/Press_Releases/27-Jul-2016-PR-Press-Conference-Wildlife-Comme...
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2 hours ago ·