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Landfill reappears on English coast, toxic sludge threatens Great Barrier Reef, the 10-year-old climate change activist

Landfill reappears on English coast, toxic sludge threatens Great Barrier Reef,  the 10-year-old climate change activist

Residents call for action over eroded landfill site on Lynemouth Beach | Tyne Tees – ITV News

Coastal erosion has expose a landfill site, spewing plastics and other waste onto the beach. As the waste is washed away and sightings of industrial contaminants appear, the local council and central government appear unwilling or unable to do anything about stopping the pollution. Only the efforts of the local community are holding back the tide, and that won't last for ever.

Source: Residents call for action over eroded landfill site on Lynemouth Beach | Tyne Tees – ITV News

Displaced coal-workers have new jobs – as beekeepers! – Red, Green, and Blue

Replacing fossil fuels will mean jobs are lost. Reskilling those affected will be essential to ensure communities aren't destroyed and individuals have self-worth and incomes. In the US, one non-profit is providing jobs and new skills for former coal workers - and helping to tackle the declining bee population.

Source: Displaced coal-workers have new jobs – as beekeepers! – Red, Green, and Blue

More air purifiers to be installed in classrooms – The Korean Herald

More Korean schools will be issued with air purifiers as concerns over pollution increase. Almost 60 per cent of class already have a purifier installed, with over 80 per cent of schools having at least one room with a purifier. This is the most visible aspect of a strategy to tackle pollution in classrooms, which includes appointing individuals in schools responsible for tackling the threat to their students' health.

Source: More air purifiers to be installed in classrooms – The Korean Herald

Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract – Reuters

It isn't only investors asking companies to behave in more socially responsible ways. Over 90 employees at Microsoft have signed a petition calling on the company to drop an "Augemented Reality" hardware contract with the U.S. military. Given the company remains committed to working with the military, it's unlikely to have an impact but does demonstrate workers are willing to take a stand when their principles are under threat.

Source: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract – Reuters

New refillable batteries could fuel an electric car revolution – NBC News

EVs are plagued with long charging times. While "fast charge" technology is improving, it still requires longer than normal waits, as well as reduces the battery's lifespan. An alternative is the "flow" battery, which uses a fluid that can be topped up at a pump - just like a petrol car. Could cheaper, lighter versions unlock a true electric car revolution?

Source: New refillable batteries could fuel an electric car revolution – NBC News

Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped – BBC News

Potentially toxic waste could be dumped on the UNESCO listed site after a company found a loophole in tough environmental protection laws. The waste comes from port maintenance in Queensland, something not explicitly covered by the law. With no option to block the dumping, a licence was granted. The story's not over though as politicians and scientists are uniting and demanding the dumping is halted.

Source: Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped – BBC News

Fukushima’s Road to Recovery – Hook And Net 

Eight years after the nuclear disaster in Japan, the residents of Fukushima prefecture are still recovering. Their traditional fishing industry has been hardest hit, with fishing halted in the earthquake's wake. Slowly the government is relaxing rules in line with scientific advice, but will the Japanese consumer be willing to buy fish caught in Fukushima's waters?

Source: Fukushima’s Road to Recovery – Hook And Net 

Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal – TheHill

As the Green New Deal gains ground in political circles, one issue still lingers: taxing carbon. For some it seems like a mistake to allow companies to continue polluting as long as they pay someone else to clean up their mess.

Source: Role of carbon tax in Green New Deal – TheHill

This 10-Year-Old Is Saving The World By Ditching School – Huffington Post

Climate Change activists are getting younger, but no less committed. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, 10-year-old Lilly Platt has been organising plastic litter collections and taking her protests to her local town hall.

Source: This 10-Year-Old Is Saving The World By Ditching School – Huffington Post

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