"This has put added pressure on a waste system which is already failing to deal with domestic demand. Making matters worse, much of it is mislabeled as 'recyclable' even though the shipments constitute hundreds of thousands of tons of contaminated plastic and other mixed wastes from developed countries that cannot be processed," said Pichmol Rugrod, team leader of Plastic Free Future, Greenpeace Thailand. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus aggravates Thailand’s plastic waste crisis
At a time when we are worried not only for our health, but our jobs as well, it is worth noting that habitat restoration projects generate a high number of jobs for the money spent. One study found that for every million spent by NOAA on coastal habitat restoration, 17 jobs were created — more than double the rate of job creation from coal, gas and nuclear energy. Also, having a wetland nearby can boost the economy, reduce losses from flood damage and bring the same benefits as urban trees. … [Read more...] about Should we care about conservation during a pandemic?
The rights group said on Friday in a report that victims were accused of being supporters of the Oromo Liberation Army, the breakaway armed wing of the Oromo Liberation Front, which the government had previously declared a terrorist movement but whose ban had been reversed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. … [Read more...] about Ethiopian security forces kill 39: Amnesty
In the adjoining gram panchayat of Lakhijanardanpur, the fate of the farmers has swung between two cyclones, Amphan and Bulbul. This area of the Sundarbans yields a good crop of yellow lentils (moong dal). Sowing was delayed when Cyclone Bulbul struck West Bengal on November 9, 2019. Before the harvest could be reaped, Amphan landed washing away thousands of acres of plantation. Roopkumar Sardar, a migrant labourer, had taken about two bighas of land on lease paying ₹45,000 for two seasons. A few days after the cyclone, he and his wife Sutapa and mother Phoolmani worked in the fields of Purbadarogapur village. “The lentil pods I have been collecting from the submerged fields can only be fed to the cattle. I will have to go out of the village to work, maybe to Kolkata, maybe somewhere else outside, to repay the ₹45,000,” Sardar said. In several parts of south Bengal, migrant workers who returned before the lockdown took land on lease, hoping to cultivate crops … [Read more...] about West Bengal: Knocked down by the virus, flattened by winds
They destroyed harvests in the agricultural heartlands of neighbouring Pakistan in April, before entering Rajasthan. Smaller swarms are also active in a handful of states across India, Gurjar said. Pictured, a motorcyclist continues driving along the road despite the swarm … [Read more...] about Millions of locusts swarm Indian city as country is rocked by plague of insects, heatwave and soaring number of coronavirus cases