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Op-Ed: New study — Billions at risk from heatwaves

Sydney - Inhabitants of the tropics, Middle East and most Western nations are in for progressive murderous heatwaves. New studies by the University of Hawaii indicate a rolling incremental increase in severity of heatwaves worldwide.

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief

Chicago - The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far.

Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage

Paris - A Frenchwoman suffering from chronic respiratory problems on Wednesday sued the state, accusing it of failing to protect her from air pollution in Paris.

Greenpeace ship highlights plastic pollution risk

The Greenpeace ship Beluga II is currently travelling around Scotland on a scientific expedition, to document the threat of plastic pollution in the most remote and biodiverse areas in the U.K. The results so far are disturbing.

Math proves urban emissions can be cut by two-thirds

A mathematician has developed a model that shows the optimal conditions for achieving sustainable urban distribution and cut emissions.

Cancer drug reduces response to airborne allergens

A new study, and a remarkable case where a drug created for one disease has been applied to another, shows how an anti-cancer drug can help to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions to air allergens.

Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Miami - One of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday.

Pollen can impair performance of school kids

Oslo - Hay fever is an unpleasant allergy, varying in severity. The allergy affects many people as they go about their lives and this includes school children. The extent of the problem has been examined in a new study.

Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case

Washington - A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the US authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

Britain's report into air pollution and diesel to be revealed

London - The British Government has failed in a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy. The forthcoming publication is being heralded as a success by environmental pressure groups.

British government loses court case over air pollution plans

London - Britain's government must publish proposals to tackle air pollution months earlier than it wanted, a top court ruled Thursday, saying the plans cannot be delayed until after June's general election.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Despite EU fines, Greece struggling to promote recycling

Atenas - A steady stream of EU fines and two decades of trying have failed to get recycling off the ground in Greece, where eco-awareness is only half-heartedly promoted by authorities.

Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo

Li Chaoqing fled his poverty-stricken Chinese hometown at age 14 for a new life in Shanghai, where he raised five children in a disused old boat on a polluted river.

Study: Surge in coal pollution led to smaller newborns

A new study on the effects of coal pollution took a fresh look at what happens when a community switches from nuclear power to coal-fired power, using the 1979 Three-Mile Island nuclear accident.

London to impose new charges to cut 'lethal' pollution

London - Drivers of the most polluting cars will be charged to travel into the centre of London from 2019, Mayor Sadiq Khan said Tuesday, describing his city's air as "lethal".

Death of dolphin in NY river highlights bigger issue — Pollution

Mount Vernon - A dead dolphin was pulled out of the polluted Hutchinson River in Mount Vernon, New York on Friday afternoon. While it may not be surprising to find a dead animal in a polluted river, it should make people question why the river is still polluted.

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have been pouring into Puget Sound since February 9, after an electrical failure crippled Washington state's largest sewage treatment plant. The plant is still undergoing repairs.

More gas guzzlers due to Trump? Not necessarily

New York - The White House clashed with environmentalists over President Donald Trump's retreat from tough future auto emission standards, with both sides predicting potentially big consequences for America's car fleet.

German prosecutors search Audi offices over 'dieselgate'

Frankfurt Am Main - State prosecutors in southern Germany said Wednesday they had searched offices belonging to carmaker Audi over parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Tuzla - Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

Port Harcourt - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces.

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Bejing - China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger.

Luxembourg prosecutes unknown person in VW scandal

Luxembourg - Luxembourg has filed a criminal case against an unknown person in an unusual step related to the Volkswagen "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

Hungary court orders retrial over 2010 toxic spill

Gyor - A Hungarian court on Monday ordered a retrial of 15 employees at an alumina plant who were cleared last year of criminal wrongdoing over the country's worst toxic spill in 2010.
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Construction debris, raw sewage and chemical waste is dumped into and around the shores of Bellandur Lake, and city officials are aware of this happening.
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Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
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A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be disposed of safely
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Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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Chinese pollution
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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Ce...
The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Cebu airport.
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Varthur Lake  which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
Varthur Lake, which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Smog in Beijing s central business district  28 February 2013.
Smog in Beijing's central business district, 28 February 2013.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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The Eiffel Tower is seen through a haze of pollution  in Paris  on December 12  2013
The Eiffel Tower is seen through a haze of pollution, in Paris, on December 12, 2013
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Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15  with choking smog expected...
Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 on December 15, with choking smog expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China until December 21
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Garbage and raw sewage are still a serious problem facing Olympic Organizers in Rio de Janiero.
Garbage and raw sewage are still a serious problem facing Olympic Organizers in Rio de Janiero.
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The extent of some of the river pollution in India is difficult to describe.
The extent of some of the river pollution in India is difficult to describe.
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environ...
Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environmental group Heal the Bay.
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Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a c...
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter). The fibers were captured by filtering washing machine effluent after washing a Patagonia jacket. The scale in the photo indicates the length of 1,000 microns. Photo: Shreya Sonar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.
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