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"Plastic Pollution Talks Make Modest Progress But Sidestep Production Curbs"

"Negotiations on a future global treaty to tackle soaring plastic pollution ran overtime into Tuesday morning amid tense debates over whether the world should seek to limit the amount of plastic being made. As the week-long talks in the Canadian capital of Ottawa ended before dawn, countries agreed to continue their work in ad hoc meetings before the final summit starting Nov. 25 in Busan, South Korea."

Source: Reuters, 05/01/2024

#SEJSpotlight: Shamsuddin Illius, Chittagong Bureau Chief, The Business Standard

Meet SEJ member Shamsuddin Illius! Shamsuddin is an award-winning Climate and Environmental journalist based in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He has been working at The Business Standard (TBS) as the Chittagong Bureau Chief since 2019. He also works as a stringer for Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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"Study Says It’s Likely A Warmer World Made Deadly Dubai Downpours Heavier"

"Circumstantial evidence points to climate change as worsening the deadly deluge that just flooded Dubai and other parts of the Persian Gulf, but scientists didn’t discover the definitive fingerprints of greenhouse gas-triggered warming they have seen in other extreme weather events, a new report found."

Source: AP, 04/29/2024

Cross-Border Project Exposes Extent of PFAS Contamination in Europe

A dozen European news partners collaborated last year to gather a massive set of water, soil and organism samples that pointed to more than 17,000 PFAS-contaminated sites in the region, many known to authorities but kept from the public. The award-winning project was led by Le Monde’s Stéphane Horel, who spoke with SEJournal for the latest Inside Story Q&A.

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Climate Crisis Makes for Real Fashion Emergency

Fast fashion’s lack of sustainability has long been the subject of news media coverage. But now the realities of climate change mean that fashion reporting must be reimagined to include the lived environmental and human rights realities of workers making what we wear, writes contributor Yessenia Funes in the new Voices of Environmental Justice column. Ideas and resources for getting past simplistic fashion industry narratives.

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Oil, Chemical Lobbyists Flood UN Talks On Cutting Plastic Pollution

"Nearly 200 fossil fuel and chemical industry lobbyists plan to join this week's United Nations negotiations on the first global treaty to curb plastic pollution — a 37% jump from the previous gathering in November, an analysis released on Thursday showed."

Source: Reuters, 04/26/2024

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