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Mediterranean could become a ‘sea of plastic’

PARIS: The Mediterranean could become a "sea of plastic", the WWF warned on Friday in a report calling for measures to clean up one of the world's worst affected bodies of water. The WWF said the Mediterranean had record levels of "micro-plastics," the tiny pieces of plastic less than five millimetres (0.2 inches) in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health. "The concentration of micro-plastics is nearly four times higher" in the Mediterranean compared with open seas…

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

SAO PAULO: Researchers have found 381 new species in the Amazon rainforest, the World Wildlife Fund announced Wednesday, warning that the discoveries were all in areas threatened by human activity. The report by the WWF and Brazil's Mamiraua Institute, released in Sao Paulo, listed 216 previously unknown plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 19 reptiles, one bird and 20 mammals, two of them fossils. A new species is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average. This…

Murad prepares to put forward Sindh issues in CCI meeting

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday warned to take up the issue of at source deduction of over Rs6 billion by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in the meeting of the Council of Common Interests being held in Islamabad. The chief minister presiding over preparatory CCI meeting said that deduction is unconstitutional and illegal, and the provincial government would file a case in the court if the matter is not resolved. CM Sindh strongly reacted to a report presented by Secretary Finance Hassan…

Earth’s 2017 resource ‘budget’ spent by next week: report

PARIS: Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report on Tuesday. Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. This is a day earlier than in 2016. It means humanity will be living on "credit" for the rest of the year. "By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year," the groups said in a statement.…

Cities and monuments to dim lights in a nod to Earth

PARIS: From Sydney to New York, cities and monuments will dim their lights on Saturday in a show of solidarity against the threats being faced by the planet from humankind. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour, an annual bid to raise awareness about global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to power cars and power plants. Since it was first held in 2007, in Sydney alone, great strides have been made in highlighting the dire state of the planet, according to the conservation group WWF,…