China has implemented a temporary ban on wildlife markets following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has infected over 6,000 people in the country. Some 15 countries have also reported a few cases. But environmentalists are now calling to make the ban permanent. The first few cases of coronavirus were reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019. In no time, the number of cases rapidly increased in the city. Authorities immediately zeroed in on a market that slaughters wildlife for human consumption. The sale and slaughter of wildlife are illegal. So in effect, the market had been operating...
Plastics are convenient. That is just a fact. But if it costs us the environment, then it is high time that we stop using plastics. According to theUnited Nations, our oceans are dotted with chocolate wrappers, single-use plastics, and plastic straws. So while tourists visiting coastal areas to enjoy the pristine waters, fish, and corals, they also come across a lot of plastic.
Marine protected areas (MPAs) comprise of protected areas of seas, oceans, and estuaries. In the US, this may refer to the Great Lakes. MPAs are established and managed through the efforts of the government at all levels—local, state, territorial, native, regional, national, or international authorities, and differ substantially among and between nations. MPAs are also established to protect ecosystems, preserve cultural resources such as shipwrecks, and archaeological sites, or sustain fisheries production.
Not all pollutants are found outdoors, some lie inconspicuously in the most unlikely places in one's home or office. Signs that such pollutants may exist, can be observed when a group of people in a given enclosed space get sick. The most immediate impact of bad indoor air quality is discomfort. Irritation in the throat, coughing is just one of the symptoms of this problem, and the only way to avoid such a situation is to move away from the source of pollution.
Around30 million tonsof plastic was produced in the US, in 2009, but only 7 percent of those are recovered for recycling! This means that most of the plastic products are left derelict in landfills, oceans, and waterways, adding to the waste problem of the environment.