beaches Littered: Litter dumped on UK beaches has more than doubled in the past 15 years, a study
said. The Marine Conservation Society's survey found an average of 2,195 items of trash per kilometre of beach which puts seabirds, turtles and
whales at risk. The society has launched an online petition asking ministers to launch a plan to cut beach litter by 50 per cent by 2015.
Dhaka's polluted air: At least 15,000 premature deaths and several million cases of pulmonary, respiratory and neurological illnesses are reported in Dhaka due to poor air quality. Though petrol-driven auto-rickshaws were replaced with CNG-driven ones in 2003, vehicular air pollution is still high in urban Bangladesh, said officials of the Air Quality Management Project, funded by the government and the World Bank. The Department of Environment said a sharp increase in number of vehicles and construction sites during 2004-2008 has led to deterioration in Dhaka's air quality.
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