Wildlife deaths from coronavirus disinfectant use alarm scientists

In Chongqing, China, at least 135 animals were poisoned—evidence that cities should regulate spraying in public areas, biologists argue.
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Biodiversity

Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage.

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Toxics

Lead from Notre-Dame fire discovered in Parisian beehives

University of British Columbia researchers Kate Smith and Dominique Weis and a team of scientists found that honey from hives downwind of Notre-Dame had lead concentrations on average four times higher than samples collected in nearby suburbs, and up to three and a half times higher than the typical amount for Parisian beehives before the fire.

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Toxics

Paris beehives trace Notre-Dame's toxic fallout

Bees can act as tiny pollution detectors, say researchers, who found higher but still safe lead levels in honey gathered downwind of the cathedral.
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Climate

France to ban cafe terrace heaters as no longer cool

France plans to ban heaters used by restaurants and cafes on outdoor terraces from early next year, as it accelerates a shift to a low-carbon economy, the government said.
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Toxics

Paris sewage reveals COVID still not flushed away

Samples of wastewater from the Paris sewage system have been showing traces of COVID-19 again since the end of June, having vanished when France imposed a lockdown, according to the head of the laboratory leading the research.
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Toxics

Europe said it was pandemic-ready. Pride was its downfall

The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.
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Climate

French war on ‘veggie burgers’ comes to Brussels

Vegetarian groups argue a new French law restricting plant-based product names violates EU rules.
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Energy

Bicycle company’s TV ad pulled by French advertising regulator for ‘discrediting automobile sector’

VanMoof's TV advert that aired without controversy in Germany and The Netherlands has fallen foul of the French advertising regulator for “creating a climate of anxiety” by mocking the car industry.
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Climate

Macron pledges billions for climate after Greens make gains

French President Emmanuel Macron, who once declared "Make The Planet Great Again" but whose climate agenda got knocked off course by street protests, is under new pressure to fight climate change after the Green Party did well in local elections.

Toxics

Coronavirus PPE is starting to pollute our oceans

The key to preventing coronavirus waste threatening the oceans may be to discourage the use of disposable masks and other single-use PPE.
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Toxics

What′s driving Europe′s stance on glyphosate?

Chemicals giant Bayer has reached a settlement to end most of the current US lawsuits. Its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, plaintiffs insist, bit it's still used in many places in Europe and beyond.

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Toxics

Climate council urges Macron to hold referendum on making destruction of nature a crime

A citizens' council set up by President Emmanuel Macron to explore measures for cutting carbon emissions urged the French leader to hold a referendum on making the destruction of nature a crime.

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Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

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