Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction

July 30, 2020
Due to climate change, polar bears have been listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (BBC). According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are an estimated 22,000 to 31,000 polar bears left in the wild (NBC). A new study, published in Nature Climate Change, puts a timeline […]

Malaysia Finds 1,800 Tons Of Illegal Toxic Waste

July 27, 2020
On June 3, illegal waste was reported at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), located in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia (Bernama). According to the Environment and Water Minister, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, 1,864 tonnes of electric arc furnace dust (EAFD) was found (Reuters). The waste was abandoned by Romania on June 15, as […]

Global Methane Emissions Reach a Record High

July 15, 2020
According to a study and initiative by Stanford Earth and Stanford University scientist Rob Jackson, global methane emissions have reached the highest level ever recorded (Earth). The research shows that human activities, such as coal mining, oil and natural gas production, and cattle ranching, are the primary causes (NBC). Africa and the Middle East; China; […]

Thirteen killed in Ivory Coast landslide, others missing

July 1, 2020
On Thursday, June 18, a landslide occurred on the northern outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Landslides and deadly floods often occur during the rainy season, which runs from April to October.  Abidjan is home to around five million people, many of whom live in hazardous slums in flood-prone or dangerous areas (Al Jazeera). Defense Minister Hamed […]

Russia Declares Emergency After Arctic Oil Spill

June 15, 2020
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a state of emergency on June 3, after 20,000 tons of oil products spilled in a region of northern Siberia (Reuters). A fuel tank, owned by the world’s leading nickel and palladium producer, Norilsk Nickel, lost pressure on May 29, 2020 (NYT). The accident was apparently triggered by […]