Environment & Economy
Environment & Economy

Prioritizing the planet

Posted on 15 June 2019

As Muslims across the world celebrated Eidal-Fitar on 5th June, the UN celebrated World Environment Day. Since 1974, every year, the day has been marked out in an attempt to encourage awareness and actions for the protection of our environment. But the day serves as little more than a decorative piece on the shelf of our guilty conscience. By now we are very familiar with ‘save the pla ...

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Foreign environmentalists elated by plastic bags ban

Posted on 13 June 2019

“Hearty congratulations to the government of Tanzania for implementing the ban on plastic bags. The development partners group on environment stand ready to continue supporting these efforts,” said Julia Hannig, the representative of development partners on environment during commemoration of the World Environment Day cycling event held at the Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam. The cycling ...

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UAE has taken early steps to conserve natural resources, says DEWA

Posted on 13 June 2019

“World Environment Day, on 5 June 2019, is organised this year under the theme Air Pollution. The theme reflects a global consensus to highlight the dangers of the issue that has become a global crisis with negative effects on everyone's health. Global reports reveal that around 92% of people worldwide don’t breathe fresh air and air pollution costs the global economy USD 5 trillio ...

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Paris makes a splash for World Oceans Day

Posted on 13 June 2019

Hundreds of people took part in a march in Paris calling for better protection for oceans and their resources on Saturday. World Oceans Day was initiated by Canadian ocean development agencies at the Rio Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992. Led by NGOs like Surfrider Europe Foundation and the French branches of the World Wildlife Fund or Tara Ocean Foundation, Greenpeace Paris and Sea Shephe ...

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Implement the Biological Diversity Act in its true spirit

Posted on 23 February 2019

Biodiversity is very crucial for the functioning of ecosystems that provide us with various products like oxygen, food, fresh water, fertile soil and fuel, besides ecological services such as moderating storms and mitigating climate change, making it possible for millions of species, including humans to survive on earth. According to the International Union for Conservation ...

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Diggers remove 500 tonnes of contaminated material from Fife beaches

Posted on 23 February 2019

About 500 tonnes of contaminated material is being removed from two Fife beaches following an oil-based spill. Efforts continue to pinpoint the source of the pollution on beaches in the villages of Limekilns and Charlestown. Residents reported a strong smell of oil on Monday, and pockets of pollution were seen on the shoreline near the villages. The affected beaches an ...

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'Moment of reckoning': US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

Posted on 23 February 2019

But in the past three months, half of these recyclableshave been loaded on to trucks, taken to a hulking incineration facility and burned, according to the city’s government. It’s a situation being replicated across the US as cities struggle to adapt to a recent ban by China on the import of items intended for reuse. The loss of this overseas dumping ground means that pla ...

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Bill that prices carbon pollution would yield a dividend for everyone

Posted on 23 February 2019

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A bipartisan bill that would put a price on each ton of carbon pollution and likely broaden efforts to develop forms of renewable energy is getting wide support from Catholic advocates concerned about climate change. Seen as key to significantly reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividen ...

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Safe driving tips as freezing rain hits Montreal

Posted on 29 December 2018

Roads, parking lots and sidewalks turned into skating rinks Friday and CAA-Québec spokesperson Annie Gauthier shares some tips for how to drive safely and minimize any potential car damage. Wait it out  Drivers who don't need to go out before the freezing rain ends and the roads are salted shouldn't risk it. It will be slow-going and unnecessarily dangerous, G ...

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Blast of winter weather hits Montreal

Posted on 29 December 2018

About one to three millimetres of freezing rain hit the Greater Montreal area early Friday morning. Environment Canada issued the warning Thursday due to an imminent low-pressure system, but it was lifted Friday afternoon. The system started as snow before changing to freezing rain early Friday morning, as it moves over western and central Quebec. The freezing rain was expected to last ...