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Virus lockdown makes big dent in Paris air pollution: report

Paris - France's stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus outbreak have produced a 20 to 30 percent decline in overall air pollution levels in Paris, according to a report from the region's air quality monitoring agency.

VW strikes 'dieselgate' compensation deal with German consumers

Frankfurt Am Main - German giant Volkswagen has struck a compensation deal with domestic consumer groups representing owners of cars caught up in its "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, a court said Friday.

Micro-pollution ravaging China and South Asia: study

Paris - Nearly 90 percent of the 200 cities beset by the world's highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are in China and India, with most of the rest in Pakistan and Indonesia, researchers reported Tuesday.

Smog veils Central Asia cities as smoky stoves choke locals

Bichkek - Snow-capped peaks used to be clearly visible from the streets of Almaty and Bishkek, two of the largest cities in Central Asia that both lie in plains surrounded by mountains.

Half-a-million insect species face extinction: scientists

Paris - Half of the one million animal and plant species on Earth facing extinction are insects, and their disappearance could be catastrophic for humankind, scientists have said in a "warning to humanity".

Blockchain technology used to monitor air pollution

An environment monitoring service called PlanetWatch is to work with a blockchain provider to develop an immutable air quality ledger, with data collected from a series of sensors forming an IoT system.

How your clothes become microfibre pollution in the sea

Paris - From the polar ice cap to the Mariana Trench 10 kilometres below the waves, synthetic microfibres spat out by household washing machines are polluting oceans everywhere.

Big increase in potent greenhouse gases reported

A new study finds that levels of potent greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere have been increasing. The upward trajectory contrasts earlier reports which had signalled a reduction. The new data raises environmental concerns.

China moves on takeout containers in bid to reduce plastic waste

Bejing - China will ban non-degradable plastic bags in major cities and single-use straws from restaurants by the end of this year in a bid to cut down on waste.

Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste

Klang - Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the "Interceptor" is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world's waters of plastic.

New obstacles ahead in China's pollution fight: report

Bejing - China's fight against pollution faces new threats from rising levels of harmful ozone gas despite an "impressive" reduction in other airborne particles, according to a report released Thursday.The country cut its national average level of airborne PM2....

New obstacles ahead in China's pollution fight: report

Bejing - China's fight against pollution faces new threats from rising levels of harmful ozone gas despite an "impressive" reduction in other airborne particles, according to a report released Thursday.The country cut its national average level of airborne PM2....

Protect 30% of planet by 2030: UN Nature rescue plan

Paris - Thirty percent of Earth's surface across land and sea should become protected areas by 2030 to ensure the viability of ecosystems essential to human wellbeing, according to a UN plan released Monday.

Using microorganisms to address microplastic pollution

The challenge to the environment posed by microplastics has received considerable attention and some different solutions have been proposed, as efforts are made to reduce reliance upon plastics. One solution involves microbes.

New insight into how science can tackle smoggy weather

Researchers have shown how the link between nitrogen oxides and airborne sulfates can be altered to reduce the impact of hazy air pollution. This provides policymakers with a new means to fight air pollution.

Ecuador says Galapagos fuel spill 'under control'

Quito - Ecuador officials announced Sunday that a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands, caused when a barge sank carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel, was "under control.

Egypt beach resorts fight global scourge of plastic trash

Hurgada - Combing the Red Sea beach at an Egyptian luxury resort, workers find bagfuls of plastic garbage -- but the news isn't all bad, thanks to a new environmental initiative.

Australia has its hottest day on record

Sydney - Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said Wednesday.The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.

Australia has its hottest day on record, more to come

Sydney - Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said Wednesday.The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.

Toxic Sydney bushfire haze a 'public health emergency'

Sydney - Australia's biggest city is facing a "public health emergency" over the bushfire smoke that has choked Sydney for weeks, leading doctors warned Monday after hospitals reported a dramatic spike in casualty department visits.

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Vancouver - The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions.

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Dhaka - Excavators flanked by Bangladesh riot police are at work demolishing illegal soot-belching brick kilns around the smog-choked capital Dhaka, forcing migrant labourers out of work and back to their villages.

Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019

Paris - Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday.

Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019

Paris - Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday.

Toxin-laced bubbles cause pollution hazard on Indian beach

Chennai - A menacing white foam covered one of India's most famous beaches in Chennai for the fourth straight day Monday creating a new pollution hazard for the country.

Slovakia bans single-use plastics from 2021

Bratislava - Slovakia banned single-use plastics as of 2021 on Wednesday, joining the European Union fight to reduce marine pollution.

Mongolia's new 'cleaner' fuel linked to deaths, illness

Ulaanbaatar - One cold night in October, Gerel Ganbaatar decided to stay with her parents in one of Mongolia's traditional ger communities on the outskirts of the capital -- a decision which would prove fatal.

Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn

Paris - Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

Fury in Delhi as smog engulfs children's race, hits golf event

New Delhi - Hundreds of children ran a charity road race through poisonous smog in New Delhi on Thursday, triggering a storm of criticism about the damage to their health.

Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits

New Delhi - The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.
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Pollution jumps over 'safe levels' across the Paris metro level on March 19, 2015.
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
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Boyan Slat, teenage founder of the innovative The Ocean Cleanup initiative who has become the youngest recipient of a prestigious UNEP environmental award.
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Hazorea Aquatics salmon farm, Chile.
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The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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This image is part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Biodiversity and human well-being. It illustrates the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human well-being, and poverty. Moreover it shows areas where conservation strategies, planning, and intervention can alter the drivers of change from local, regional, to global scales.
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A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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Impacting human health: Vehicle exhaust in our large cities contributes to rising ozone levels.
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Shijiazhuang has seen 10 bouts of serious air pollution so far this winter, according to the China Daily newspaper
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A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
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An image shot in Hebei province, China in June 2015, shows the extent of air pollution problems facing the country.
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Hutchinson River in New York.
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