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Day: November 6, 2023

Eat plants and go electric: how to break food TV’s bad climate habits

From product placement for unnecessary gadgets to meat-centred cooking, TV can make us think unsustainable is normal When you log in to your favorite streaming service and pull up a cooking show, chances are you’re just looking for a bit of entertainment – maybe even to shut your brain off for a while. But if what you’re watching is constantly exposing you to images of sizzling steaks,...
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THE MALAYSIAN TOWN STILL HAUNTED BY RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION – 30 Years After Rare Earths Refinery Shut

A rare earths processing plant run by Mitsubishi Chemicals in Bukit Merah, Malaysia was blamed for birth defects and leukaemia cases in the local community. The plant, which was shut down in 1994, had no long-term waste facility which resulted in radioactive waste leakage. Mitsubishi Chemicals spent US$100 million on the clean-up and donated to the local community in an out-of-court settlement....
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POWER SCRAMBLE – HIDDEN FALLOUT OF RARE EARTH METALS

There is a race in the West to secure their supply for a list of critical metals, such as rare earths. These are resources that are essential for high tech applications, including in defence, as well as a carbon-free future. Yet China dominates the market for quite a few of these resources. How did China come to dominate, and just why is the fight heating up? Kartik Kuna explores every step of...
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Mercury Treaty Falls Short on Ending Threats from Toxic Waste & Mercury-Containing Cosmetics, Makes Progress on Dental Mercury & Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples

Global mercury pollution has been recognised as a major problem that can only be tackled effectively by international regulation and government cooperation. Mercury is a hazardous neurotoxin that can cause many health problems in humans, and most exposure is caused by dietary impacts such as eating contaminated fish where mercury bioaccumulates. The Minamata Convention on Mercury has been...
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