Environment Minister Ángel Estévez has called on all supermarket chains to start eliminating the use of plastics, “after tons of trash blanketed on the capital’s coast over the weekend, dragged by a storm’s rains,” underlining that “we are polluting the new generations and this must change.” He also warned the business sector to reduce the […]
Former school groundsman dying of cancer accuses maker of popular herbicide of suppressing evidence of risks. Keen gardeners everywhere will be watching the outcome of a court case in the United States, in which a former school groundsman who is dying of cancer says the manufacturers of a well-known weed killer caused his illness. The 46-year-old […]
The New York Times reports In the past 80 years, expanding urban areas in England have been found to host more species and lose fewer pollinators than agricultural areas. City parks and gardens provide a variety of flowers and foraging opportunities for bees throughout the season. Most agricultural fields offer bees only one type of […]
Dominican Today reports that the Dominican Republic’s minister of the environment Ángel Estévez warned business leaders of the need to reduce plastics in the country. [Could this be the right moment to say, “Duh”? Anyway, we should all heed his words… and then do something about it.] “We must reduce the use of plastics in […]
A report by Adam Smith and Ian McLeod for The Conversation. Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. Under pressure from climate change, overfishing, pollution, introduced species and apathy, coral colonies and fish communities are steadily deteriorating. Coral cover in the Great Barrier reef has declined by an alarming 50%since the 1980s. Some leading scientists believe that the Great […]
theconversation.com Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world’s 25 “biodiversity hotspots” – the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered. The region contains 20% of the planet’s vertebrate and plant species and the world’s third-largest tropical forest. In addition to this existing biodiversity, the […]
The Ganges River is a 1569 mile river that starts in the Himalayan Gangotri Glacier, some 12,769 feet above sea level, transverses the alpine forests, runs through India’s northern plain, continues through the countries’ largest cities, onto the mud flats of Bangladesh, through the world’s largest river delta, into the Bay of Bengal.
The Ganges river basin contains the largest population of any of the world’s river basins, with some 400 million people living near its shores.
Hindus consider the river highly sacred, named after the god Ganga, Hindus bath in it, drink it, spread their dead’s ashes on it…
The Ganges is highly polluted, some 400 or more times than is safe for exposure to the human body, some scientists suggest.
There are 140 fish and 90 amphibian species dependent upon the river. Endangered Fresh Water Dolphins live there, so do the critically endangered Ganges Shark.
India has the resources to clean up this mighty and precious river, but apparently not the commitment to do so!