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We're "Code Red"

Humans' mishandling of the environment has seen the collapse in biodiversity, spreading deserts, rising seas, stronger hurricanes, and oceans reaching record temperatures. Despite the deterioration of our environment, activities like fossil fuel production are predicted to continue on an upward path. On top of this, COVID-19 has shown us how the continued encroachment of humans and livestock into animal habitats, risks exposing us to more deadly diseases. Read more ...

CO2 Emissions
Soil Erosion
Icebergs disappearing
Climate Now Update
Global Food Waste
Carbon Emissions from cars
Cracked Earth
Fiery Sun

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Food wastage
Lake Chad disapperance

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The ecological catastrophe of  disappearing Lake Chad

According to FAO Director of Land and Water — Parviz Koohafkan — the Lake Chad basin is one of the most important agricultural heritage sites in the world, providing a lifeline to nearly 30 million people in four countries — Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Lake Chad is located in the far west of Chad and the northeast of Nigeria; parts of the lake also extend to Niger and Cameroon. It is fed mainly by the Chari River through the Lagone tributary, which used to provide 90 percent of its water. Disappearing Lake Chad, was once Africa’s largest water reservoir in the Sahel region, covering an area of about 26,000 square kilometers — about the size of the US state of Maryland, and bigger than Israel or Kuwait. Among the 30 million people who depend on it, there is uncertainty as to how much longer the lake will remain and when they will be able to get relief.    


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Over crowded seas are becoming a big issue for our planet

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The rhetoric of a “blue economy” continues

Not only are human activities on land killing our planet, but human pressures on the world's oceans are also. Our oceans contribute indirectly to human nutrition and consumption in various ways, but as long as cumulative human activities continue to increase in the oceans and continue to impact marine ecosystems, which by the way, shows no signs of slowing, "we are in big trouble."  Governance gaps and the lack of a mechanism to create marine-protected areas, along with the absence of regulations, add to these pressures. A new comprehensive analysis from scientists on the state of oceans shows that the largest ocean industry, i.e. the oil and gas sector, is responsible for about one-third of the value of the ocean economy; but sadly, the slow pace of international policymaking gives only a vague hope of a new legal tool in the near future that could steer the blue acceleration towards a more sustainable trajectory. 

Researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Center analyzed 50 years of data from shipping, drilling, deep-sea mining, aquaculture, bioprospecting, and much more — the results can be seen in the One Earth journal.


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Tropical Island

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Greening the blue: Is it possible? 

With the global blue economy set to grow faster than the general economy, and with the possibility of doubling by 2030 according to Maritime Affairs, greening the blue will very well require unlocking the most powerful leverage points to dramatically improve ocean practices. To accelerate action and promote a more sustainable, manageable blue–ocean economy should only not depend on international ocean governance, but also on every individual on the planet. Certainly, the slowdown in coastal activities like tourism, international shipping, diving, boating, wastewater emissions from unoccupied coastal hotels, and other coastal constructions across our oceans due to COVID-19 has been positive as a result of fewer pressures. With less overfishing and pollution our oceans and lands have been made healthier – well at least it has moved the needle a tiny bit. But COVID-19 has also contributed to the oceans' plastic pollution problem because of the increased use of PPE. Nevertheless, the reality is that greening the blue is possible and COVID-19 is proving this. How we plan to combat the heavy use of plastics ending up in our oceans depends on how well we manage to rethink our relationship with the natural world and act responsibly.


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By: R. M .Jones

COVID-19: A test for clean-air practices but worrisome for more plastic pollution

COVID-19 has brought about a new era with extremely widespread changes in humankind's behaviors. Partial lockdowns caused a decline in fossil CO2 emissions by some 2.4 billion tonnes (UEA). A drop of almost 2.5 billion tons of CO2 is like taking 500 million cars off the world’s roads for the year (Standford Earth). Reports showed improvement in air, ocean, and marine quality and even fewer deaths from pollution-related diseases. In fact, an estimated 11,000 lives were saved in Europe in April 2020 from cleaner air, and 77,000 lives in China in January and February (Lancelet Planetary Health). This only goes to show that achieving cleaner air is possible. But while it's easy to imagine a greener, bluer, healthier world, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought on a surge of plastic pollution from PPE. Wearing reusable face masks, disposing of single-use face masks correctly, and buying hand sanitizer contained in ecologically-sustainable packaging, are immediate measures we can all take to protect our ocean. 

We are living in a plastic world we created

Humankind has created a plastic-centric world that produces very high quantities of plastic waste - single-use packaging items are among the biggest source of the pollution problem. Although a few countries have managed to achieve significant plastic waste collection, there is unfortunately still a lack of effective waste disposal systems in many countries along with significantly low citizen engagement - the alternative is open-dumping and illegal waste disposal.  Worse yet, plastic has a lifespan of nearly 450 years! It never degrades but shrinks into small pieces of microplastics. 

Recycled Plastic

Single-use plastic like cutlery, cups, plates, bags, and all microplastics in detergents and cosmetics should be banned. 

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Covid-19 effects of PPEs on our planet

While much attention is focused on getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control, a pressing concern is the insurmountable use of disposable masks and the environmental impact they will create. According to, masks are made with non-woven fabric such as polypropylene, covering 20 to 25 grams per square meter in density. Polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyethylene, or polyester are other types of materials also used in surgical masks and have plastic-based, liquid resistance that has a long afterlife when they are discarded – ending up in landfills and oceans. 

A need for sustainable mask-wearing 

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The real plastic story

"The next global health crisis is coming, and the world needs to prepare," says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Michael Bloomberg.  Read more ...

 Masks are however not the only environmental concern; the massive use of additional plastic-bottled sanitizers, soiled tissue papers, and rubber gloves are already starting to pollute the earth and oceans. Imagine if half of the world's population of 3.5 billion people are wearing masks daily, what a complete U-turn it is for combatting an already polluted planet to natural habitats, on land and water. Even though surgical masks serve a good purpose to keep out bacteria, reusable mask-wearing certainly is a more sustainable and cheaper alternative for our planet.

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Drinking for our planet

Coffee cups are bad for our environment
Coffee cups are bad for our environment
Coffee cups are bad for our environment

The love of coffee: The effects of coffee cups on our planet and a need for a sustainable coffee life.

The effects of coffee cups on our planet

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Some of us can hardly get through our daily routine without a cup of our favorite coffee; so, we tend to make our first stop at a nearby coffee shop on our way to the office; after all, it gets us in the right frame of mind. But the truth is, our love for coffee adds an enormous amount of pressure to an already fragile planet – the same stands true for other takeaway foods. According to Greener Ideal, over 50 billion cups of takeaway coffee are bought yearly in the U.S. alone. Given this, think about the negative impacts and consequences these cups have on our natural resources and our planet. Takeaway coffee means we have to keep cutting down trees and using more energy to produce paper cups that's why single-use paper cups are an environmental concern. Furthermore, even

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though paper cups are or should be recyclable, they are not given much attention although they are tossed into recycling bins. According to Frugal Cups coffee cups, around 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away yearly in the U.K., and in 2017, less than one in 400, or 0.25%, were recycled. In many cases, takeaway coffee cups are not easily recycled because they are made from plastic-coated virgin paperboard which doesn't break down in the standard recycling process. And if less than 1 in 400 cups get sent for recycling, it means the other 399 are ending up on our planet, and live there for two decades before decomposing. 

Drink Sustainabily 

Drinking coffee sustainably does not take away the joy of having it, but you should consider becoming a plastic-minded sipper for our planet's sake. Let's reduce our reliance on disposables and replace them with reusable coffee cups to go, and educate others to do the same to support a more sustainable future.

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