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Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea.

German prosecutors charge ex-VW boss with fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Monday they had charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn and four other managers over "dieselgate", bringing the cheating scandal back into the headlines just as VW battles to move on from the affair.

German prosecutors charge ex-VW boss Winterkorn with fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Monday they had charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn and four other managers over the group's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

Daimler faces probe over 'new cheating software'

Berlin - Daimler confirmed Sunday it was facing a regulatory probe after a report said German authorities have uncovered a previously unknown type of pollution trickery software allegedly installed by the car giant in some of its vehicles.

Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

Sydney - A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change.

Egypt Red Sea province to ban single-use plastic

Hurgada - Egypt's Red Sea Governorate is to introduce a ban on single-use plastics that are destroying marine life, the province's top official said Wednesday.

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Chiang Mai - Thailand's junta chief gave the smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai seven days to crack down on spiralling pollution Tuesday, which has seen the tourist hotspot choke on Asia's most toxic air this week.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

New Delhi - Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

Remote Cape with 'world's cleanest air' offers smog respite

As much of Asia wheezes, coughs and sniffles its way through another smog season, one isolated and windswept corner of Australia is serving as the global standard for clean air.

Oil slick from sunken ship heading for French coast

Brest - French authorities are bracing for the arrival of an oil slick that is creeping toward its southwest coast and should make landfall on Sunday or Monday.

Oil slick heading to French coast after cargo ship sinks

Brest - An oil slick was heading towards the French coastline on Thursday after an Italian cargo ship sank in the Atlantic carrying 45 containers of "dangerous materials", authorities said.

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

- In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar's air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice...

Seoul passes emergency bills to fight air pollution

Seoul - South Korea's parliament passed emergency measures on Wednesday to tackle the "social disaster" of air pollution, after the country saw record levels of pollution earlier this month.

Air pollution raises diabetes risk in China: study

Fpo - Long-term exposure to harmful smog particles increases the risk of diabetes, a new study in China has shown, providing evidence for a link between the country's air pollution and the disease.

Air pollution deaths are double earlier estimates: study

Paris - Air pollution causes 790,000 premature deaths every year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide, doubling recent assessments, according to a study released Monday.

Raw materials behind half of global emissions: UN

Nairobi - Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption.

UN environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Nairobi - A world forum on addressing the planet's environmental crisis opened in Nairobi on Monday, the mood darkened by the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy that killed 157 people a day earlier, including at least 22 UN staff, many headed for the event.

Italy's polluted Po Valley gasps for fresh air

Milan - It is only the end of February, but air pollution in Milan has already exceeded the legal limit for 2019, and the Po Valley swims in a soupy smog.

Plastic found in deepest ocean animals

Paris - Animals living in the deepest ocean trenches have been found with plastic fragments in their gut, according to new research published Wednesday showing how manmade pollution reaches into the bowels of the planet.

Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel: study

Frankfurt Am Main - Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit.

Going greener: Finland's new gas-fuelled icebreaker

Tornio - The steel behemoth pushes ahead, crunching the ice as it navigates the northernmost tip of the Baltic, considered one of the most polluted seas in the world. But unlike other icebreakers spewing diesel, this state-of-the-art ship boasts cleaner fuel.

Essential Science: Transforming plastic waste into fuel

Researchers have developed new technology that can convert plastic waste (the biggest environmental issue associated with modern society) into a clean fuel. This represents one application to address the plastic crisis.

Ten towns hit by river pollution from Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Ten towns in southeast Brazil are suffering river pollution after a dam collapse at a mine nearly three weeks ago that killed 166 people and left 155 missing, presumed dead, according to officials.

Hospitals filling up in Europe's most polluted capital

Skopje - Children are missing school and hospitals are running out of beds as a noxious smog smothers Skopje, earning the small Macedonian city the grim distinction of being Europe's most polluted capital.

Kabul chokes on dirty air as temperatures plunge

Kabul - Kabul residents have long run the gauntlet of suicide attacks and bombs. This winter, however, they face another deadly threat: air pollution.

Ten most toxic places in the world revealed

Where are the most toxic places on the planet? A survey based on an assessment of danger and the risk to the greatest numbers of people has been put together, revealing mining areas, chemical waste risks, and of course Chernobyl.

China hails improved water quality, but some rivers more polluted

Beijing - China’s surface water quality improved in 2018, according to the country’s environment ministry on Monday. Beijing has extended its campaign to tackle groundwater pollution, particularly industrial wastewater flowing into streams and rivers.

Roidmi P8S car air purifier helps with allergies Special

The Roidmi P8S car air purifier comes equipped with integrated nanoscale filter and a powerful centrifugal fan. It is designed to purify the air with an automobile, and it achieves this task well.
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A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings  Egypt.
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.
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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.
AFP
Rio de Janeiro s Guanabara Bay
Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
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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
A bowl of mealworms.
A bowl of mealworms.
Peter Halasz
Hazorea Aquatics salmon farm  Chile.
Hazorea Aquatics salmon farm, Chile.
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The Cruise ship Emerald Princess in Stockholm  Sweden is just one of the many ships owned by the com...
The Cruise ship Emerald Princess in Stockholm, Sweden is just one of the many ships owned by the company.
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Compressed plastic waste collected by fishermen at a processing plant in Chiva  near Valencia in Spa...
Compressed plastic waste collected by fishermen at a processing plant in Chiva, near Valencia in Spain
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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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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
Erik Christensen
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Mercury, elemental symbol
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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
The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015  in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3 500 000...
The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015, in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3,500,000 km² area between Hawaii and California in parallel, creating the first high-resolution map of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.
Ocean Cleanup Press
Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
Steve Evans / Bangalore, India
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
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Air pollution over Southeast Asia in October 1997
Air pollution over Southeast Asia in October 1997
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits  like this one. The petroleum co...
US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits, like this one. The petroleum coke left over is being exported to foreign countries.
UC Davis
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.
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