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Soil microbes affect carbon levels

The life-cycle of soil microbes in warmer temperatures appears to affect soil carbon storage. The slower the rate of growth, the more carbon that is released into the atmosphere. A new study suggests that a change is taking place.

Top tips for asthma care Special

Asthma can be a difficult condition, especially in the young, and a number of factors can trigger the condition. To help children with asthma, Digital Journal spoke with a leading medic.

BP ruled grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill

New York - BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Toledo water supply restored

Toledo - Citizens of Ohio’s fourth-largest city can drink from the tap again. However,the root causes of the Lake Erie algal blooms that shut off the flow for two days remain unresolved.

Mining CEO says he would drink contaminated Mt. Polley water

Likely - President of Imperial Metals Brian Kynoch apologized for his company contaminating water around the Mt. Polley Mine. He also says that the water tailing off is "good" and "very close to drinking water quality." So good that he would drink it.

California businesses unite to protect waterways

Los Angeles - A network of California businesses are working together to protect the state’s coast, ocean, bays, rivers and streams. The initiative has been dubbed the 'Blue Business Council'.

Tar-sands may be an unwanted part of many Canadian diets

Many Canadians, and even possibly some Americans, may be ingesting tar-sands from water and the meat of animals who had already been poisoned by it.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Planning on a trip to the beach this summer? Read this first

Millions of people will be hitting the beaches this summer, expecting to enjoy the surf, the sand and just plain relaxation. But sadly, your trip to the beach could turn into a nightmare because 10 percent of U.S. beaches failed to meet safety standards.

Officials close Coca-Cola plant over environmental concerns

Indian authorities have ordered a Coca-Cola plant to close down because they were allegedly soaking up too much local water and releasing pollutants over the limits of government guidelines.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Termites and fungi are ‘more important’ than climate change

Tallahassee - A new research report argues that the activities of termites and fungi are more important than climate change in relation to the breakdown and decomposition of matter.

Detecting fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses

Oslo - A set of novel methods for the detection of fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses has been designed. The methods can give answers as to whether the contamination is a result of human or animal excreta.

Arctic ice is polluted by plastic, reveals study

A materials scientist at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College was melting Arctic ice to count microscopic algae called diatoms when she was shocked to discover huge quantities of microplastic waste trapped in it.

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Op-Ed: Does air pollution decline as economic freedom rises? Special

Toronto - Does the quality of the air increase with economic prosperity? That's the opinion of the right-of-center Canadian Fraser Institute. It is not a view shared by the Green Party.

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.

Smoggy Chinese city imports bags of fresh mountain air

Zhengzhou - In an attempt to promote tourism, a travel company in China's Henan province shipped 20 bags of fresh mountain air to its notoriously smog-ridden capital, Zhengzhou.

Is there a global air quality crisis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 7 million people died in 2012 due to air pollution. This makes air pollution number-one environmental risk on the planet.

Air pollution blamed for seven million deaths in 2012

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

US firms worried over Internet security: survey

Beijing - US businesses in China are increasingly concerned about Internet censorship, data security and air pollution in the world's second-largest economy, according to a survey.

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Beijing - Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance.The country's top online travel agency Ctrip.com and the leading insurer Ping An hav...

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Beijing - Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance.The country's top online travel agency Ctrip.com and the leading insurer Ping An hav...

Polluted Paris forces thousands of cars off the road

Paris - Thousands of cars will be banned from Parisian roads on Monday as the city tries to curb dangerous pollution levels by introducing alternate driving days for the first time in nearly two decades.

Polluted Paris prepares for partial car ban

Paris - Paris on Monday launches alternate driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results.The restrictions in the French capital and 22 surround...

Paris offering free public transit to combat pollution

Paris - Paris and areas of northern France have seen pollution levels so high that politicians are stepping in to do something about it. This weekend, Paris' public transportation, as well as bike and car sharing programs, will be free.

Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay'

Tokyo - Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to account for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.The move was part of a wider deal reached in ...

Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay'

Tokyo - Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.The move was part of a wider deal reached ...
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Human Rights Watch
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There are those who say man’s effects on global warming are at best  negligible. However  whose ho...
There are those who say man’s effects on global warming are at best, negligible. However, whose home does pollution harm? Ours!
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Dry sand from a tailing pond  water is used to remove the oil from the sand. The water and sand whic...
Dry sand from a tailing pond, water is used to remove the oil from the sand. The water and sand which is left over is moved to holding ponds.
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
David Dodge, The Pembina Institute
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Singapore s Downtown Core on 7 October 2006  when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra  Indone...
Singapore's Downtown Core on 7 October 2006, when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Sengkang
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Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center i...
Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Theodore, AL
BP America
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A tailing pond.
A tailing pond.
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Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken  ...
Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken March 1, 2010
Scott Meltzer
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This picture shows some of the massive pollution that the Chinese have created in their country.
This picture shows some of the massive pollution that the Chinese have created in their country.
Kgrr via Wikimedia
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
High Contrast
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A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
High Contrast
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Scallops
Scallops
Grand Oyster
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
Erik Christensen
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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.
US Dept of Interior
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Mercury  elemental symbol
Mercury, elemental symbol
HM Detox
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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.
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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.
Jim Crabtree
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One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the wat...
One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the water closer to shore.
Rodrigo_Soldon
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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.
Michael Gil
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Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
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