A screenshot from AirVisual Earth’s real time map of air quality shows a massive layer of smog enveloping the region. For comparison, the smog cloud is over half the size of India.
Given its low elevation, flood control is a major issue in the Netherlands. The country relies on an extensive network of natural sand dunes and constructed dikes, dams, and floodgates to hold back storm surges from the sea.
Such rigorous enforcement by environmental officers are common in Singapore, which has some of the most draconian anti-littering laws in the world.
While noble in its intentions, the straw-free movement or “stop sucking” as it’s sometimes called, hardly constitutes an environmental “revolution”.