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Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution

Oslo - Oslo will ban diesel cars from the road for at least two days this week in a bid to combat rising air pollution, angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago.

In Spain first, Madrid bans half of cars to fight smog

Madrid - Madrid's city hall announced Wednesday it had ordered half of most private cars off the roads to fight a particularly bad bout of pollution, a first in Spain.

Lab animal burial ground in New Hampshire has residents spooked

Hanover - Back in the 1960s and 70s, Dartmouth College's medical school used a site called Rennie Farm to dispose of lab animals used in "tracer experiments," in which scientists used radioactive isotopes. Now, those experiments have come back to haunt the living.

Choking smog clears from northern China

Bejing - Smoggy skies turned clear in parts of China Thursday after nearly a full week of severe pollution which saw scores of flights cancelled and forced the closure of schools in some areas.

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger

Shijiazhuang - China's smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children's health.

Beijing issues red alert for severe air pollution

Bejing - Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 Thursday, as choking smog is expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China during the next five days.

Unruly drivers undermine Paris pollution ban

Paris - French police struggled to impose anti-pollution measures on motorists around Paris on Thursday as the city remained shrouded in smog during its worst winter pollution in 10 years.

Paris choked by worst winter pollution in a decade

Paris - Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Paris - The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Europe air pollution causes 467,000 early deaths a year: report

Copenhagen - Almost nine out of 10 European city dwellers breathe air that is harmful to their health, though the continent's air quality is slowly improving, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Wednesday.

Five things to know about VW's 'dieselgate' scandal

Frankfurt - It has been 14 months since Volkswagen admitted to fitting millions of cars with cheating software to dupe emissions tests, plunging the German auto giant into one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the industry.

The smog in Delhi lifted — now its back with a vengeance

Delhi - Delhi, India, home to over 17 million people, is among the fastest growing states in the country. But air quality has deteriorated so much that thousands of professionals are leaving the capital, a move that could have dire effects on the economy.

Finland cancels plan to close troubled nickel mine

Helsinki - Finland's government decided Friday to grant new public funding for its troubled Talvivaara mine, cancelling a previous plan to permanently close what was once the European Union's biggest nickel mine.

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

New Delhi - Authorities in Delhi on Monday closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

Delhi government orders three-day school shutdown over smog

New Delhi - Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years.

UK govt loses High Court case on air pollution

London - Environmental campaigners in Britain won a High Court legal battle on Wednesday over the government's failure to tackle air pollution to meet European standards.

British government in trouble over air pollution

London - The British government has been accused by a campaign group of failing to meet the air pollution targets agreed by the European Union. The matter has been referred to the courts.

India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali

New Delhi - New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital.

Judge gives final approval in Volkswagen emissions settlement

San Francisco - A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Pollutant now valued by renewable energy companies

At least one organic compound, commonly classed as a pollutant, has the potential to be used to fashion cheap, reliable batteries for use with the energy renewables sector.

Human made sun and rain demonstrates plastic pollution impact

The most common material used in the modern world is plastic. Many modern plastics are composed of nanoparticles. What is the ecological consequence when plastic degrades? A research group have been finding out.

Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO

Geneva - Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

Nitrates poison water in California's Central Valley

Porterville - In California's Central Valley, where verdant fields of fruit and vegetables unfurl under sunny skies, the water that feeds them -- and flows into taps across the region -- contains a toxic and silent poison.

Southeast Asian haze crisis killed over 100,000: study

Jakarta - A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze".

Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa: study

Geneva - European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group said Thursday.

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year.

Greenpeace blames industrial accident after Russian river runs red

Moscow - A river in Russia's far north turned a blood red colour probably as a result of an industrial accident, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday.

Indonesia vows 'war' after haze investigators held

Jakarta - Indonesia vowed Wednesday to "wage war" against illegal land burning after officials were detained and faced death threats from a mob allegedly trying to stop them investigating smog-belching fires.

DR Congo's second city poisoned by years of mining

Lubumbashi - "In this stream, the fish vanished long ago, killed by acids and waste from the mines," says Lubumbashi resident Heritier Maloba, staring into the murky waters of his childhood fishing hole.
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Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
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Human feces mixed with sewage from favelas and hospitals flow freely into Rio s waters.
Human feces mixed with sewage from favelas and hospitals flow freely into Rio's waters.
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Singapore's Downtown Core on 7 October 2006, when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environmental group Heal the Bay.
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A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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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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Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
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Shijiazhuang has seen 10 bouts of serious air pollution so far this winter  according to the China D...
Shijiazhuang has seen 10 bouts of serious air pollution so far this winter, according to the China Daily newspaper
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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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Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
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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!
Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
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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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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.
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Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash into the Ohio River.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
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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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