State of the Modern World Address – October 2018

Careless Destruction of Most of Earth’s Species
There’s Plastic in Your Poop: Study Warns Microplastics May Be Hurting Us All
Scientists prove human activity is the top cause of warming Antarctic waters
As the Antarctic Peninsula heats up, the rules of life there are being ripped apart
Russia & Ukraine

Russian Ministry Warns of Coming Environmental Apocalypse Fueled by Climate Change
Russian Environmental Situation Deteriorating in Recent Years
War-Related Environmental Disaster in Ukraine
North America
Arctic Offshore Wells Approved Off Alaska’s Coast
America’s era of climate mass migration is here
Monsanto Found Guilty for Giving Man Cancer
British Columbia approved 83 logging cut blocks in endangered caribou habitat in last six months
Latin America
Chile becomes first Latin America country to ban commercial use of plastic bags
Mexico creates biodiversity bank
Amazon on the brink of doom
Capitalists continue to murder environmental activists in Brazil
Wales Pledges to Leave Its Remaining Coal in the Ground
EU Nations Reach Agreement on Imposing Emission Cuts on Carmakers
Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament
Istanbul Vending Machines Offer Subway Credit for Recycled Bottles and Cans
Rebellion Against Environment Abuse Commences in UK
Middle East and North Africa
Exposing The Environmental Costs of War
Israel Uses Environmental Violence Against Palestine
Hamas Uses Environmental Violence Against Israel
Egypt’s Water Crisis: a Recipe for Disaster
War Spoils: BP and Eni to start drilling in Libya within months
Climate change is making the Arab world more miserable
Iran at risk of losing majority of its farmlands
Nigeria has some of the world’s most polluted cities — and that isn’t about to change
Fish dwindle in the traditionally rich waters of Tanzania
Gabon economically grows at expense of environment
All-Female Wildlife Avengers Take Out Rhino Poachers
Central Asia
Climate Change May Cause Wars in Central Asia
Efforts to Utilize the Dead Land Left By Soviet Annihilation of Aral Sea
Kazakhs Preserve What Remains of Northern Aral Sea
China is producing banned ozone-damaging chemicals
Beijing’s Choking Smog is Back
Scientists warn of China’s disappearing glaciers
Man-made oasis: Xinjiang’s “green wall” fights expanding desert
China Harming South American Environment
India pledges to remove all single-use plastics by 2022
India’s Power Generation At Its Cleanest-Ever As Thermal Share Falls
Tourism boom threatens Chàm Island ecosystems
Ecologically Important Hawaiian Island Has Vanished
Solomon Islands
Logging For China Is Decimating Forests in the Solomon Islands
Indonesians can pay bus fare with plastic waste instead of money
Central Australia may have seen the world’s worst rate of mammal extinction but it could get worse
Rising gas output raises Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions
Zero-Waste Kitchens and Low-Energy Cooking
Environmental Harm of Halloween