Horrific Cruelty of Underwater Factory Farms

The horrific cruelty that fish experience in factory farms and at slaughter across Europe has been documented in an undercover investigation by Compassion in World Farming.

The investigation also highlights how fish are often killed inhumanely and many suffer slow, painful deaths by asphyxiation, crushing or even being gutted alive.

The investigation was featured on  BBC Country file, when Dr. Krzysztof Wojtas, Head of Fish Policy at Compassion, discussed fish welfare with presenter Tom Heap.

Appalling conditions

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Africa Cocoa Industry Failing on Deforestation Pledge – Campaigners

The cocoa industry is failing to meet a highly publicised pledge to stop deforestation in West Africa and eliminate tainted beans from supply chains, environmental campaigners say.

Big chocolate companies and the governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast continue to be responsible for the deforestation of tens of thousands of hectares of land over the past year in former rainforest-covered nations, despite their solemn promises to end the practice last November, the campaigning organisation Mighty Earth said.

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Australia's Silence during Climate Change Debate Shocks COP24 Delegates

As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait.

The end of the first week of the UN climate talks – known as COP24 – in Katowice, Poland, has been mired by protracted debate over whether the conference should “welcome” or “note” a key report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Trump Administration to Strip Protection from Waterways in Latest Anti-Environment Move

The Trump administration will look to strip federal protection for U.S. waterways and wetlands, rolling back legislation brought in under former president, Barack Obama.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is set to unveil a major rewrite of the Clean Water Rule, that extended federal protections to thousands of waterways and wetlands, the Associated Press reported.

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Could the world's first bee vaccine save honeybees? Edible drug can protect the insects from killer infections

Called PrimeBEE, it is designed to protect bees from American foulbrood, a bacterial disease that has been wiping out entire colonies.

The vaccine, which is edible, 'protects bees from diseases while protecting global food production,' the university said.
'Pollinators falling ill and dying is a serious threat to the global food economy, said Dalial Freitak, a University of Helsinki scientist who developed the vaccine.

'Even a slight improvement in their life has vast significance on a global scale,' he said. 

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Sea Scallops Suck Up Billions of Plastic Particles

Sea scallops caught off the coast of England are capable of ingesting billions of tiny plastic particles, which disperse throughout the body to the kidney, gill, muscle and other organs.

This all takes place within six hours.
These findings are the latest in a growing collection of studies that confirm an ever-expanding roster of wildlife eats microplastics and smaller particles known as nanoplastics. That research, in turn, has raised questions—so far unanswered­—about potential effects on the food chain, and to human health.

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Sandwich Packaging to Be Hit with 15p Tax to Cut Down on Plastic Waste

The move, set to add 15p to prices, could be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove as early as this week.
He wants to recoup the cost of dealing with packs where cardboard is glued to a plastic window, making them impossible to recycle. 
Simon Ellin, of trade body the Recycling Association, said: “Manufacturers and retailers use too much badly designed packaging.”
He said the move would put from 10p to 15p on the average £2.14 price of a sandwich.
Some four billion are sold a year, and the UK industry employs 300,000 people.  

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Supermarket Ban Sees '80% Drop' In Plastic Bag Consumption Nationwide

The ban on single-use plastic bags by Australia’s two largest supermarkets prevented the introduction of an estimated 1.5 billion bags into the environment, and the retail industry is hopeful this is only the beginning.
Coles and Woolworths’ decision to stop offering single-use disposable plastic bags midway through the year was initially met with swift public backlash.
But three months on the radical change has translated to an 80% drop in the consumption of plastic bags nationwide, according to the National Retail Association.

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Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Wood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to complaints filed with organisers.
At least 134,000 large sheets of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia have been used as concrete moulds to build stadiums, causing what campaigners say is irreversible harm to precious biodiversity reserves.

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The Amazon Rainforest is Being Destroyed at the Fastest Rate in Over a Decade

Environmental ministry calculated the totals by using satellite imagery, which documents areas of deforested land larger than 15.4 acres. An area was considered to be deforested if the primary forest cover had been removed, regardless of what the land was used for.
The results reveal that Amazon is being destroyed at the fastest rate in a decade. Satellite data revealed that over 3000 swore miles of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest was lost between August 2017 and July 2018. The amount of rainforest is 10 times the size of New York City.

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