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Source: Global News

Dead sperm whale in Indonesia had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

Today 03:18 GMT

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world’s largest plastic polluting countries.

Santoso said researchers from wildlife conservation group WWF and the park’s conservation academy found about 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds) of plastic waste in the animal’s stomach containing 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 2 flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

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Source: DW

Plastic-filled sperm whale carcass washes ashore in Indonesia

Tuesday 21:51 GMT

Officials at Wakatobi park, where the sperm whale was found, said the carcass would be buried and the remains would be used for scientific purposes at a local marine research center.

"As the sperm whale that died off Indonesia had eaten flip-flops, bottles, bags and 115 drinking cups, we should keep in mind that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans if we don't act now," tweeted the Green Party at the European Parliament.

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Source: Common Domain

Countries Push to Extract More Cash from Big Mining Companies

Tuesday 13:36 GMT

After campaigning on a promise to carve out a bigger stake in resources for the state, the leader nicknamed “the Bulldozer” canceled mining licenses for many companies, raised royalty payments and accused Barrick Gold’s subsidiary, Acacia Mining PLC, of underreporting gold and copper production, leading to its $190 billion bill for unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

From Congolese jungles to Indonesian highlands, a struggle is raging between governments and major mining companies over control of commodities vital to the production of everything from steel to electric cars to smartphones.


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