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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.

Residents fear for health in car-clogged Albanian capital

Tirana - With her sick daughter in the arms, Mira Lela pushes her way through the hallway of the doctor's clinic, crowded with patients ailing from heavy pollution in Albania's capital.

Sweden opens fraud investigation against Volkswagen

Stockholm - Sweden's anti-corruption prosecutor announced Tuesday the opening of an "aggravated fraud" investigation against German automaker Volkswagen, which has acknowledged rigging its vehicles for environmental emissions tests.

Bad air 'plagued Beijing for nearly half of 2015'

Bejing - Beijingers spent nearly half of 2015 breathing air that did not meet national standards, Chinese media reported Tuesday, as the city struggles to address a smog problem that has provoked widespread public anger.

Never rains but it pours for guano-hit Rome

Rome - Weekend rain washed away the dangerous pollution that has afflicted Rome in recent weeks but left city authorities with a new headache: roads and pavements made treacherous by bird droppings.

India's smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

New Delhi - More than a million private cars were banned from New Delhi's roads on Friday, as authorities began trialling drastic new measures to cut smog in the world's most polluted capital.

Italy approves new anti-pollution measures

Rome - Italy's centre-left government on Wednesday authorised local authorities to cut traffic speed limits by 20kph (12 mph) and office heating by two degrees in response to spikes in deadly air pollution.

New restrictions in Tehran after 18th day of bad air

Tehran - More than two weeks of heavy pollution led Iranian officials to ban all outdoor sport and announce new traffic restrictions Wednesday as persistent cold weather exacerbated Tehran's air quality problems.

Italy in car clampdown as freak weather creates killer pollution

Rome - Cars were partially banished from the streets of Milan and Rome on Monday as Italy battled a buildup of health-threatening pollution caused by freakishly dry and warm winter weather.

Iran cancels two football games over pollution

Tehran - Iran postponed two premier league football matches on Sunday, state media said, as air pollution more than twice the acceptable level persisted in the capital.

Delhiites urged to accept controversial car ban plan

New Delhi - Delhi's firebrand Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on residents of India's capital Thursday to cooperate with his ambitious plans to clean up the toxic air of the world's most polluted city.

Ten Chinese cities issue pollution red alert: State media

Bejing - More than 100 million people in China have been warned to stay indoors after at least 10 Chinese cities issued red alerts for smog, state media reported Thursday.

Iran closes capital's schools due to air pollution

Tehran - Iran is to close schools for two days in Tehran, an official said on Saturday, following air pollution three times the acceptable level that has blanketed the city in smog.

Beijing issues second red alert as choking smog sets in again

Bejing - Beijing issued its second-ever red alert for smog and put its emergency response plan into action once again as severe pollution hit China's capital on Saturday.

Beijing issues second red alert ahead of smog

Bejing - Beijing issued its second-ever red alert for smog Friday ahead of severe pollution forecast to hit China's capital, weeks after putting its emergency response plan into action for the first time.

India's top court slaps ban on new diesel cars in capital

New Delhi - India's top court Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on new diesel-guzzling SUVs and other luxury cars in New Delhi in an attempt to clean up the world's most polluted capital.

Tehran's air pollution hits worst level in months

Tehran - Air pollution in Iran's capital hit its worst level -- for a day without a sandstorm -- in at least nine months on Monday, prompting warnings that all citizens should stay indoors.

VW scandal prompts Germany to toughen approval rules

Berlin - Germany's transport minister said Sunday that in the wake of the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal, major automakers would have to disclose their engine software to state regulators.

Beijing lifts smog red alert as blue skies return

Bejing - Beijing's first ever red alert for smog was lifted Thursday, as blue skies and sunshine replaced the thick haze that covered the city for days.

Beijing slashes traffic in pollution red alert

Bejing - Half of Beijing's private cars were ordered off the streets Tuesday and many construction sites and schools closed after authorities in China's smog-shrouded capital responded to scathing public criticism with their first-ever red alert for pollution.

IOC will hear from Rio Olympic Organizers this week

Lausanne - Concerns over preparations for the 2016 Rio summer Olympics will be taking center stage when the International Olympic Committee’s executive board starts their three-day meeting on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

CO2 emissions set for historic fall in 2015, study says

Le Bourget - Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels, the main driver of man-made climate change, are set to decline this year for the first time in a period of global economic growth, said a study Monday.
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China reached its coal consumption cap for 2015 two years ago.
China reached its coal consumption cap for 2015 two years ago.
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More than 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay...
More than 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay. Brazilian authorities say that 80% of the pollution will be cleaned by the time the Games start in 2016.
AFP
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health  the...
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health, the smog (grey) clearly visible from space
NASA
Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
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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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
David Dodge, The Pembina Institute
Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
Erik Christensen
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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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges  ag...
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges, agricultural run-off and the burning and release of waste. Photo: UNEP
United Nations Environmental Programme
Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
Ocean Revolution
Pollution of our lakes  rivers  reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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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.
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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Chinese pollution
Chinese pollution
Borja Fernández
A bowl of mealworms.
A bowl of mealworms.
Peter Halasz
Varthur Lake  which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
Varthur Lake, which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
Media Space
Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
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.
Tailings pond.
Tailings pond.
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.
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