Motivated by a recent outbreak of alcohol poisoning cases in Siberia, officials have confiscated more than 26,000 liters of illegal alcohol in Russia, news agency TASS reported Monday. The crackdown on illegal alcohol, or surrogate alcohol, came following the deaths of nearly 80 people in the Siberian city Irkutsk, who died after drinking a bath concoction that contained ethanol. In nearby Orenburg, one resident died in late December and another was in serious condition after consuming similar solutions of non-drinkable alcohol. The products were confiscated between Dec. 20 and Jan. 1, TASS reported, and included 896 liters of non-food alcohol. Authorities seized them during a raid on several underground suppliers and distributors including a ring of Irkutsk manufacturers responsible for selling Boyarshnik, a surrogate alcohol substance that's supposed to be used as a bath water relaxant but is sometimes consumed as an alcoholic beverage due to its high ethyl alcohol content.
This story was originally published by The Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution. Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi this week agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade but the voluntary pledges fell far short of what was required, according to green groups. Norway, Japan and Sri Lanka had put forward proposals for a legally binding agreement for nations to coordinate action against plastic litter in the oceans and microplastics.
Chunks of plastic have been found on remote frozen ice floes just 1,000 miles from the North Pole, the first such find in an area previously inaccessible because of sea ice. Exeter University's Tim Gordon led a team containing members from the UK, US, Norway and Hong Kong on explorer Pen Hadow's exhibition to the North Pole and was shocked to find the blocks of polystyrene, reports the Observer. The plastic was found on ice floes between 77 and 80 north in the Arctic Ocean. 'The blocks of polystyrene were just sitting on top of the ice.' The world's oceans are heavily polluted with plastic and it poses a significant threat to wildlife.
Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A new report by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, warned that a suspected group of hackers in Iran are targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea.