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'Pioneer' commuters go electric in polluted Mexico City

- Martin Vazquez glides silently through the pandemonium of rush hour in Mexico City, drives his sky-blue scooter up to a charging station and plugs it in.

More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

Berlin - Major names in the auto industry found themselves caught in headlights of a global engine-rigging scandal on Friday as Volkswagen booked one of the biggest losses in its history over the scam.As VW announced it was setting aside 16.

German automakers to recall 630,000 cars after emissions probe

Berlin - Around 630,000 Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen cars are to be recalled in Europe owing to irregularities in their emission of pollutants, a German government source told AFP on Friday.

Graphene used to make air detector for the home

Southampton - Graphene, the carbon allotrope, has a new application. The versatile material is the basis of a new home air detector, designed to assess pollution levels.

Kayakers protest Balkans 'dam tsunami' in lake paddle

Ljubljana - More than 60 kayakers took to Slovenia's Lake Bohinj Saturday to kick off a 35-day environmental protest over plans to build dams on rivers in six Balkan countries.

Botero sculptures centerstage in Colombia pollution protest

Medell - Sculptures by Colombia's most famous artist, the world-renowned Fernando Botero, unwittingly found themselves thrust into the midst of an anti-pollution protest Friday when activists strapped surgical masks on their giant faces.

Olympic marina inaugurated in filth of Rio bay

Rio De Janeiro - With horrifying levels of pollution in the water the picture postcard Olympic marina at Guanabara Bay has been inaugurated just four months ahead of the Rio Games.

Pollution woes to keep 40 percent of cars off Mexico City roads

- The environmental authorities in Mexico City will keep 40 percent of cars off the roads on Wednesday because of extremely high pollution levels, officials said.

U.S. court approves $20 bn BP oil spill settlement

Washington - A US judge has signed off on the British oil giant BP's deal to pay over $20 billion to settle litigation from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Botulism affecting Spain’s waterbirds

Madrid - A large number of waterbirds have been killed in Spain in recent years due to the bacterial disease botulism. It is thought the infection is being spread by an invasive species of water snail.

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

Paris - It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but UN talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.

Are Vegans saving our planet from pollution? Science says yes

For the first time, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimated the global effects on health and climate change of a worldwide shifting towards a vegan and vegetarian diet.

Obesity and food waste — Is Italy becoming like the U.S.?

Italy approved a new law to fight food waste by providing economic incentives to companies who want to donate food. However, recent statistics are pointing out how the Italians' "love for good food" is waning, and bad dietary habits are on the rise.

Mexico City lifts air pollution alert

- Mexican officials lifted a four-day air pollution alert in the nation's densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped to acceptable levels.

Mexico eyes stricter car emissions amid smog alert

- Mexico's president demanded on Thursday stricter vehicle emissions controls for the country's sprawling capital as an air pollution alert prompted authorities to restrict traffic for a third straight day.Some 1.

More cars banned in Mexico City after pollution alert

- More cars were ordered off Mexico City's streets on Wednesday after a surge in pollution prompted authorities to issue the first air quality alert in 14 years.

Finnish radioactive spike traced to nuclear agency's neighbour

Helsinki - A "highly exceptional" surge in radioactivity detected over Finland's capital Helsinki was traced Tuesday to a company sharing a building with the headquarters of the nuclear regulator investigating the mystery.

Volkswagen says CEO got diesel snag warning as early as May 2014

Frankfurt - Volkswagen's former chief executive may have been warned as early as May 2014 of possible anomalies dogging its diesel engines, 16 months before the scandal erupted worldwide, the company admitted.

Increased pollution levels can make fish intoxicated

We have already found out how plastics are harming the planet's oceans and seabirds, but plastic is only one danger to marine life. Pollution and climate change are on track to create havoc with sea creatures, making them drunk as skunks.

California gas leak under control

Los Angeles - A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said.

India's smog-choked capital to resume car ban in April

New Delhi - New Delhi will restart draconian driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off the roads, to combat air quality in the world's most polluted capital, the government said Thursday.

Mercury in seafood not harmful to aging brain

Miami - Eating seafood may lead to higher levels of mercury in the brain, but a study out Tuesday found that increased mercury does not appear to raise the risk of dementia.

Plastic paradise: Hong Kong's packaging problem

Hong Kong - A little girl shrieks with excitement as she strolls along the beach: "Oh look mummy. Hong Kong snow." Despite the cold snap what she's pointing to is not a meteorological anomaly -- but in fact swathes of polystyrene thrown out as rubbish.

Benin: Turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource

- A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see.

Acquittals over Hungary toxic spill spark outrage

Veszpr - Victims of Hungary's worst ever toxic spill, which killed 10 people and injured 150 in 2010, voiced outrage after the boss of the alumina plant that caused the disaster was cleared of any wrongdoing on Thursday.

Fracking in Alberta: Daily quakes and thirsty residents

Montr - One earthquake is recorded on average each day in a western Canadian region where companies extract oil by fracking, according to statistics published by the Canadian province's energy regulatory agency.

Sao Paolo toxic cloud leaves 100 people ill

S - A fire at a warehouse where various compounds were being stored created a noxious cloud that sickened some 100 people outside Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

Scooter owners revolt over ban in Vespa birthplace

Rome - Scooter owners are up in arms in Genoa, birthplace of the iconic Vespa, after the Italian city's mayor banned models produced before 1999 in a bid to tackle pollution.

Renault shares plunge after failed pollution tests, raids

Paris - Shares in Renault plunged by 10 percent Thursday after the company's diesel cars failed government-ordered pollution tests and investigators raided its facilities, raising fears the French carmaker could be caught up in an emissions scandal.

Michigan governor wants to talk with Flint residents about water

Flint - Officials in Flint, Mich., have promised to speak with every resident of the 99,000-population city to ensure they have clean water to drink and have not been exposed to lead contamination from the Flint River.
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Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have s...
Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have seen.
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A real environmental disaster. Screen grab from video taken on Sept. 29  20915 in Bangalore.
A real environmental disaster. Screen grab from video taken on Sept. 29, 20915 in Bangalore.
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Athletes competing in next year s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in ...
Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill.
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A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Impacting human health: Vehicle exhaust in our large cities contributes to rising  ozone levels.
Impacting human health: Vehicle exhaust in our large cities contributes to rising ozone levels.
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Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
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Mercury, elemental symbol
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Chinese pollution
Chinese pollution
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Pollution jumps over  safe levels  across the Paris metro level on March 19  2015.
Pollution jumps over 'safe levels' across the Paris metro level on March 19, 2015.
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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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The discharge from Lake Okeechobee is decreasing  but the harmful pollutants will continue to impact...
The discharge from Lake Okeechobee is decreasing, but the harmful pollutants will continue to impact the environment for months.
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Gorichky said he s seen almost every species in the lagoon washed ashore including redfish (pictured...
Gorichky said he's seen almost every species in the lagoon washed ashore including redfish (pictured) that have been breeding for 35 years.
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Mining incidents such as this one lead to warnings and spoils environments for all types of life.
Mining incidents such as this one lead to warnings and spoils environments for all types of life.
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Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle  La.
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
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The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
The dumping of waste (even old vehicles), such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992, is prohibited since the entry into force of the Protocol on Environmental Protection in 1998.
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10 percent of America s beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
10 percent of America's beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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Winter crop in Lush green paddy field in Tripura  India. However  excessive use of chemical fertiliz...
Winter crop in Lush green paddy field in Tripura, India. However, excessive use of chemical fertilizers is causing soil erosion and reducing the productivity of the land apart from inflicting environmental pollution.
Florida fish kill is environmental disaster.
Florida fish kill is environmental disaster.
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