99% of seabird species to be affected by plastic ingestion by 2050 – report — RT USA

According to Russia’s leading news agency, RT, 90% percent of all individual seabirds alive today have eaten plastic of some sort, according to a new study – an 85 percent increase since 1960 – and scientists believe 99 percent of seabird species will be impacted in the coming decades.

Source: 99% of seabird species to be affected by plastic ingestion by 2050 – report — RT USA

It seems that the problem is particularly acute in the Southern Hemishere.

As a keen swimmer in the sea, I was stunned at the rubbish floating up on the beaches in the Southern Hemishere. Particularly bad are India and Malaysia, especially after the monsoons.

It is time for national governments to intervene and stop people dumping rubbish. Innovative policies are required, like in Mumbai, where the poor are paid to recycle rubbish.

Thoughts?

China smog cuts 5.5 years from average life expectancy – FT.com

This is a truly amazing and MUST READ article in the FT.

Life expectancy varies greatly from country to...

Life expectancy varies greatly from country to country. It is lowest in Africa and higher in Japan, Australia and Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check it out!

via China smog cuts 5.5 years from average life expectancy – FT.com.

As I reflected on the implications of this article, I pondered the following open question:

Why are World leaders not addressing environmental issues effectively when there is already evidence of shorter lives yet alone future generations?

Any thoughts?

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