Author: Euronews

Certified organic, dolphin-safe, line caught, or MSC certified? The labels on fish products being sold in Europe can be confusing, so how do you decide which is the most sustainable choice?“It is very difficult for a consumer to know where a product is coming from”, says Vanya Vulperhorst, the European campaign director for Illegal Fishing and Transparency at conservation organisation Oceana, in the second episode of our Ocean Calls podcast series.Each product on the European market, including seafood, has to fulfil specific requirements before it reaches consumers. And in some cases, the retailer is obliged to indicate on the packaging the species…

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Deaths from widespread flooding in Pakistan topped 1,000 since mid-June, officials said Sunday, as the country’s climate minister called the deadly monsoon season “a serious climate catastrophe.”Flash flooding from the heavy rains has washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers evacuated stranded residents to the safety of relief camps and provided food to thousands of displaced Pakistanis.Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported the death toll since the monsoon season began earlier than normal this year – in mid-June – reached 1,061 people after new fatalities were reported across different provinces.Sherry Rehman, a Pakistani senator and the country’s…

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As CO2 emissions continue to climb, experts say our chances of averting drastic climate change will rest not just on reigning in pollution, but also on removing carbon from the atmosphere.Between 2010 and 2019, average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report in April.While the rate of growth has slowed, the IPCC estimates the world needs to remove up to 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by the end of the century.“We need carbon removal because we need to get to…

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Environmentalists who took legal action to prevent a toxic waste dump in an ancient pocket of Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforest are celebrating a federal court win.The Bob Brown Foundation is a Tasmanian NGO which promotes the protection of the Australian state’s wild and natural places of ecological significance.Yesterday (25 July) the organisation heard it had been successful in its latest attempt to stop Chinese mining company MMG opening a tailings dam near the town of Rosebury on the island’s west coast.Australia’s federal court found that the country’s then environment minister, Sussan Ley, had failed to apply the ‘precautionary principle’ before approving…

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The Arctic is warming faster than any other place on the planet, while its wildlife is being slowly poisoned by industrial toxins brought by the wind and sea currents. In Svalbard, next to the North Pole, scientists from Europe and around the world are studying these problems. Ocean travelled to the Norwegian archipelago to meet them and find out more. Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean is increasingly feeling the heat of climate change. Temperatures here are rising dangerously fast, altering the land, sea and air.With less than 2,500 permanent residents, Longyearbyen is a popular tourist destination and an important centre for…

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A vessel delivering diesel to the Bahamas resort island of Great Exuma spilled around 35,000 gallons (over 159,000 litres) of the fuel early on Wednesday, according to the country’s acting prime minister.”I am … advised that all of the agencies of government are deployed to mitigate the matter,” said Chester Cooper, who also represents the district of Exuma in parliament, adding that the fuel was destined for Bahamas Power and Light.”We are happy that it is contained or appears to be contained,” he said.How did the oil spill happen?Exuma is famed for its white sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, as…

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