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5 steps that could end the plastic pollution crisis

5 steps that could end the plastic pollution crisis – and save our ocean Can you imagine what 93 basketballs weigh? Or what the equivalent amount of plastic looks like? That was the average amount produced per person in 2016, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It’s packed full of eye-watering statistics and predictions – including that if business continues as usual, by 2030 the amount of plastic pollution on the planet will double, with oceans the most visibly affected. So what can we learn and how can we turn that into an opportunity? Taming the beast While we all know plastic pollution is ballooning, most of us are less well versed on what can be done to tame it. That’s where the WWF’s new report, Solving Plastic Pollution Through Accountability, is helpful, offering five key areas where real efforts could reap results. The report chimes with the World Economic Forum’s work on the New Plastics Economy, which advocates shifting from a take-make-dispose model t…

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These five exercise trends will help society and your health One Person Can Make a Difference

These five exercise trends will help society and your health

There’s a new must-have accessory every avid runner needs. It’s not the latest wearable tech. It’s not a pair of amazingly supportive running shoes. No, it’s the humble refuse bag. You could choose any colour you like, but as this is an idea that originated in Sweden, you might want to opt for super-stylish black – it never goes out of fashion. This is part of a new wave of fitness-meets-conservation activity that gives you the opportunity to serve the greater good while looking after yourself. As the environmental crisis becomes ever more urgent, here's a look at the ways in which people around the world are combining exercise and environmentalism. 1. Plogging You don’t need to be a proficient runner to take up plogging, which gets its name from picking up litter and jogging. This idea originated in Sweden and is simple to both understand and take part in. All you need to do is go out for a gentle run and pick up any tr…

10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air. Here are some simple, effective tips for protecting you and your family from the dangers of air pollution: Check daily air pollution forecasts in your area.Download the American Lung Association’s State of the Air app on your mobile device through the Google Play Store or the iPhone iTunes store. Other sources include local radio and TV weather reports, newspapers and online at exercising outdoors when pollution levels are high. When the air is bad, walk indoors in a shopping mall or gym or use an exercise machine. Limit the amount of time your child spends playing outdoors if the air quality is unhealthy.Always avoid exercising near high-traffic areas. Even when air quality forecasts are green, the vehicles on busy highways can create high pollution levels up to a one-third mile away.Use less energy in your home. Generating electricity and other sources of energy creates air pollution. By reducing energy use, you can help…

The story of Viet Nam's economic miracle

The story of Viet Nam's economic miracle Once one of the world's poorest countries, today Viet Nam's economy is in full bloom This article is part of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN Walking around in Ha Noi, Viet Nam’s capital, you can feel boundless energy everywhere. People whiz by on scooters, buy and sell everything from phones to food in the countless small shops, and run to and fro to get to school or work. Viet Nam is young, growing, and anything feels possible. It wasn’t always thus. A mere 30 years ago, the country was one of the poorest in the world. How did this southeast Asian nation grow to become a middle-income country? When the 20-year Viet Nam War ended in 1975, Viet Nam’s economy was one of the poorest in the world, and growth under the government’s subsequent five-year central plans was anaemic. By the mid-1980s, per capita GDP was stuck between $200 and $300. But then something changed. In 1986, the government introduced “Đổi Mới”, a series of economi…

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7 surprising and outrageous stats about gender inequality

7 surprising and outrageous stats about gender inequality Women are 47% more likely than men to be injured in a car crash. Around the world, the achievements of women are being celebrated on International Women’s Day, which began back in 1911. But the day also highlights the work that remains to be done in order to achieve gender parity. The theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter - encapsulating the idea that a gender-balanced world benefits everyone, economically and socially. And it’s up to everyone, men and women, to make it happen. As the following statistics show, there are huge differences in the types of inequality faced by women in different parts of the world - from cultural representation, to domestic burdens and child marriage. But through collective action and shared ownership, change is possible. 1. Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men In their 2011 study of more than 45,000 crash victims over 11 …

Indonesia has a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem

Indonesia has a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem

The Indonesian army had to be called out to clear Bandung's rivers of plastic last year.

Image: The New Plastics Economy reportIn Indonesia, plastic waste is a very modern-day enemy. It’s such a problem that, last year, the army was called in to scoop it out of the river in the country’s third-largest city of Bandung.Soldiers were deployed on a barge and used nets to fish styrofoam food containers and plastic bags out of the water. “My current enemy is not a combat enemy. What I am fighting very hard now is rubbish, it is our biggest enemy,” Sergeant Sugito told the BBC.An unwelcome sight for tourists in BaliImage: REUTERS/Johannes P. ChristoEven the holiday hotspot of Bali isn’t safe from the plastic invasion, as tourists arriving on the beach at Sanur, Denpasar, last April had to pick their way through the debris.Indonesia is second only to China as the world’s largest contributor to the ocean plastic problem - with four …