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Man crosses 3,000 miles of Pacific Ocean by paddleboard and sees plastic pollution 'every day'

Man crosses 3,000 miles of Pacific Ocean by paddleboard and sees plastic pollution 'every day'An adventurer has completed a 2,951-mile solo paddleboard voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii, a feat of endurance which lasted 76 days.Antonio de la Rosa travelled alone across the Pacific Ocean without supporting boats. He braved choppy waters and glimpsed whales – as well as a constant stream of plastic pollution.



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Seoul Pollution Cloud Dents Support for South Korea's Leader

Seoul Pollution Cloud Dents Support for South Korea's LeaderMoon’s government was dealt a blow when a summit it helped broker between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un broke down in late February. A weekly poll by Gallup Korea on Friday showed Moon’s approval rate fell 3 percentage points from a week earlier to 46 percent, while his disapproval rate rose 3 percentage points to 45 percent — the highest in about two months. The top reason cited by those who disapproved of Moon was his administration’s inability to tackle economic issues such as boosting job rates and managing fallout from a rapid increase in minimum wages.



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EPA Proposes Gutting Obama’s Signature Climate Rule To Lower Power Plant Pollution

EPA Proposes Gutting Obama’s Signature Climate Rule To Lower Power Plant PollutionThe Trump administration proposed its replacement Tuesday to gut a



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Disturbing composite photos reimagine ocean pollution

Disturbing composite photos reimagine ocean pollutionPortuguese artist Paulo de Oliveira's shocking composite images of animals being strangled by discarded nets and gorging on plastic rubbish serve as a stark warning of the damage caused by human waste.



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Plastic a big part of human life and a major source of pollution

Plastic a big part of human life and a major source of pollutionSo many of the items we use are made of plastic, but much of it doesn’t get recycled and pollutes the land and seas. Many cities are moving to ban certain products and some families are trying to live plastic-free.



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Philippines temporarily closes popular holiday island to tourists due to pollution

Philippines temporarily closes popular holiday island to tourists due to pollutionOne of Philippines' most popular tourist destinations will be off-limits to visitors in a few weeks. The entire island of Boracay will be closed to visitors from Apr. 26, so that it can receive a massive clean-up of dumped sewage and upgrades to its drainage systems, a spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Thursday. It will be shut for a maximum of six months. SEE ALSO: Indonesia's orangutans are watching their rainforest habitat get destroyed Duterte, who has been criticised for his stance on human rights, had previously described the island as a "cesspool," and was concerned the island could be turned into a "fishpond or a sewer pool" if its environmental needs weren't addressed. Boracay had 2 million visitors in 2017, a number that was described as moving toward the "alarming" by the country's department of environment, as the island struggles with sustainable development and waste. The island is very much dependent on tourism. Up to 36,000 jobs ranging from hotel workers to street vendors could be lost in the shutdown, with authorities rejecting pleas by locals to consider a partial closure of the island.  Tourists pose for photos along a beach on Boracay island.Image: -/AFP/Getty ImagesThe president's spokesperson argued that Boracay's environmental rehabilitation has to be completed in total. "We were expecting some sort of compromise between a partial or total closure or at least given more time to adjust to a closure, but I guess the president made up his mind and we’re taken aback by it. We’re a bit depressed right now in the industry," Jose Clemente III, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, told ABS-CBN. "If given the opportunity, yes, we would like to present our case. The private sector did not have a face-to-face dialogue with the president. We were doing it through the various agencies. Unfortunately, I guess this is the result of the recommendations of those agencies." The island generates 90 to 115 tonnes of garbage a day, but current infrastructure only allows for 30 tonnes to be removed. Authorities say they've also discovered illegal, "hidden" pipes on the island used to dispose waste. "Boracay island is seen as a major, world-class tourist destination," Epimaco Densing, assistant secretary of the Philippines' interior department, told reporters.  "Yet in fact we're not able to address the major issue that it is not in terms of public safety, public order, road systems and of course, the issue of environmental degradation."  Frederick Alegre, a secretary from the country's tourism department, said his department is still calculating the financial cost of the closure, but stressed it was "being done to sustain and save Boracay." He said the island is the first of several Filipino tourist destinations that will be looked at.  Boracay's closure comes after Thai authorities decided last week to close Maya Bay, also for a period of six months, due to the impacts of tourism on the beach's environment. WATCH: Students designed a gravity-defying backpack that augments your jumps



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Philippines temporarily closes popular holiday island to tourists due to pollution

Philippines temporarily closes popular holiday island to tourists due to pollutionOne of Philippines' most popular tourist destinations will be off-limits to visitors in a few weeks. The entire island of Boracay will be closed to visitors from Apr. 26, so that it can receive a massive clean-up of dumped sewage and upgrades to its drainage systems, a spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Thursday. It will be shut for a maximum of six months. SEE ALSO: Indonesia's orangutans are watching their rainforest habitat get destroyed Duterte, who has been criticised for his stance on human rights, had previously described the island as a "cesspool," and was concerned the island could be turned into a "fishpond or a sewer pool" if its environmental needs weren't addressed. Boracay had 2 million visitors in 2017, a number that was described as moving toward the "alarming" by the country's department of environment, as the island struggles with sustainable development and waste. The island is very much dependent on tourism. Up to 36,000 jobs ranging from hotel workers to street vendors could be lost in the shutdown, with authorities rejecting pleas by locals to consider a partial closure of the island.  Tourists pose for photos along a beach on Boracay island.Image: -/AFP/Getty ImagesThe president's spokesperson argued that Boracay's environmental rehabilitation has to be completed in total. "We were expecting some sort of compromise between a partial or total closure or at least given more time to adjust to a closure, but I guess the president made up his mind and we’re taken aback by it. We’re a bit depressed right now in the industry," Jose Clemente III, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, told ABS-CBN. "If given the opportunity, yes, we would like to present our case. The private sector did not have a face-to-face dialogue with the president. We were doing it through the various agencies. Unfortunately, I guess this is the result of the recommendations of those agencies." The island generates 90 to 115 tonnes of garbage a day, but current infrastructure only allows for 30 tonnes to be removed. Authorities say they've also discovered illegal, "hidden" pipes on the island used to dispose waste. "Boracay island is seen as a major, world-class tourist destination," Epimaco Densing, assistant secretary of the Philippines' interior department, told reporters.  "Yet in fact we're not able to address the major issue that it is not in terms of public safety, public order, road systems and of course, the issue of environmental degradation."  Frederick Alegre, a secretary from the country's tourism department, said his department is still calculating the financial cost of the closure, but stressed it was "being done to sustain and save Boracay." He said the island is the first of several Filipino tourist destinations that will be looked at.  Boracay's closure comes after Thai authorities decided last week to close Maya Bay, also for a period of six months, due to the impacts of tourism on the beach's environment. WATCH: Students designed a gravity-defying backpack that augments your jumps



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Pope Francis: War, Injustice and Pollution Spoiled 2017

Pope Francis: War, Injustice and Pollution Spoiled 2017Bidding 2017 farewell, Pope Francis on Sunday decried wars, injustices, social and environmental degradation and other man-made ills which he said spoiled the year.



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Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis

Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisisThe death of a little boy after swimming in polluted seawater has put the spotlight on Gaza’s pollution crisis and the human impact of desperate electricity shortages in the Palestinian enclave. Mohammed al-Sayis, five, died late last month a few days after swimming in the sewage-polluted waters, with his brothers also hospitalised, his family and health ministry said. Dozens of others have been treated after swimming along the strip’s filthy Mediterranean coastline in the past two months, a ministry spokesman in Gaza said.



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Schwarzenegger launches state initiative to terminate pollution — with or without Trump

Schwarzenegger launches state initiative to terminate pollution — with or without TrumpFormer California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to present his new Digital Environmental Legislative Handbook to legislative leaders during his keynote address at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators on Friday in Cambridge, Mass.



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