Coronavirus lockdown: What impact on the planet?
09 April 2020 | 9:37 am
Three and a half billion people are confined in some way around the planet. That's almost half of the world's population. The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed our daily lives. With travel halted and industries slowed or stopped, what does that mean for the environment? What effect could it have on efforts to fight climate change? Down to Earth's team takes a look at carbon emissions, pollution, recycling and the impact on agriculture in this special episode in the midst of the coronavirus pandem
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1 Dec 2020
The mother of a nine-year-old girl who died from acute respiratory failure in London after repeated asthma attacks says that without air pollution her daughter would "still be here" and that she hopes a coroner's inquest will conclude that it played a role in her death.
13 Dec 2020
After having walked 880 km for two months between Marseille and Paris to collect thousands of masks thrown by the roadside, Englishman Edmund Platt and Frenchman Frédéric Munsch arrived in the French capital on Saturday. To help raise awareness of the problem further, the Franco-British duo teamed up with a street artist from Nice who exhibits masks under glass, displayed under street signs in Paris. And they are offering an "aperitif garbage collection" on Friday evening in front of City Hall (Hotel de Ville, Eds.).
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16 Feb 2021
Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that more than 40,000 people can make claims against the European energy giant following decades of oil spills in the Niger Delta region.
23 Feb 2021
Israeli soldiers scramble to clean the Hof Hasharon beach after a massive tar contamination hit the country's Mediterranean shore.
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Millions of plastic pellets from a container ship ablaze off Colombo have already washed up on beaches, along with other hazardous waste. The disaster threatens the lucrative fishing and tourism sectors.
4 Jun 2021
The European Court of Justice said that German authorities did not take "appropriate measures" to limit air pollution caused by nitrogen dioxide.
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South Korea is boosting efforts to recycle plastics in the country. At special centres, used PET bottles are recycled and transformed into products such as clothes, food containers, and cosmetic bottles.
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But a series of new laws in effect since January 2020 aim to significantly reduce plastic pollution over five years by phasing out single-use plastic, encouraging research and development of plastic alternatives and improving waste management and recycling.
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