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The pace of the loss is staggering -- the equivalent of 30 football fields disappearing every minute of every day in 2018, or a total of 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles). Almost a third of that area, some 36,000 km2, was pristine primary rainforest, according to the annual assessment from scientists at Global Forest Watch, based at the University of Maryland.
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used satellite imagery to study the behaviour of the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea due south of Cape Hope, which normally sees up to 25,000 penguin pairs mate each year. They found that in 2016, when abnormally warm and stormy weather broke up the sea-ice on which the penguins normally raise their young, almost all the chicks died. This pattern was repeated in 2017 and 2018.
In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, Seychelles President Danny Faure on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet". Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, came from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming.
The WWF is sounding the alarm over plastics in the Mediterranean Sea after an 8-meter sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms of plastic in its belly. The garbage recovered included a corrugated tube for electrical works, plastic plates, shopping bags, tangled fishing lines and a washing detergent package with the brand and bar code still legible.
The United Nations Environment Assembly has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The resolutions were adopted at the fourth session of UNEA which was held in Nairobi from March 11 to 15 on 'Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption'.
The report - sixth edition of ‘Global Environment Outlook’ - informs that if environment protections are not scaled up drastically, cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by 2050. The report is the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years