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EU chokes on own air quality standards

Apo - In the skies above Katowice in the heart of Poland's coal industry, Polish officials are deploying the latest weapon against air pollution: drones that inspect the city's chimneys.

EU takes UK, Germany, four others to court over air pollution

Apo - The European Commission said Thursday it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.

EU takes Germany, five others to court over air pollution

Apo - The European Commission said Thursday it is taking Germany, France, and four other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.

No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn

Moscow - Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish.

VW 'contests' report boss knew of diesel cheating risk

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmaker Volkswagen rejected Sunday a report that chief executive Herbert Diess knew of the financial risks from the firm's massive diesel cheating earlier than he has so far acknowledged.

Toxic water fears in Pakistan region infamous for deformities

- Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people.

World's largest dead zone in Gulf of Oman is the size of Florida

Researchers studying a massive "dead zone" in the Arabian Sea now reveal the zone of oxygen-starved waters has now expanded far more than expected, raising serious concerns about the future of local fisheries and ecosystems

Nine out of 10 people breathing polluted air: WHO

Geneva - More than 90 percent of the global population is breathing in high levels of pollutants, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, blaming poor air quality for some seven million deaths annually.

China may avoid 94,000 deaths with climate policies: study

Bejing - China could avoid nearly 94,000 premature deaths and save a whopping $339 billion in health costs over the next 12 years by honouring its carbon reduction commitments under the Paris climate accord, a study showed Monday.

Essential Science: Antidepressants found in fish brains

Research into the U.S. Great Lakes has uncovered levels of antidepressants not only in the water but also in the brains of fish. This signals the polluting effect of wastewater and sewage treatment facilities.

German police arrest Porsche manager over diesel scandal

Berlin - German police have detained a Porsche manager in a probe into the diesel emissions cheating scandal that the luxury car brand's parent company Volkswagen has struggled to shed.

German police arrest Porsche manager over diesel scandal

Berlin - German police have detained a Porsche manager in a probe into the diesel emissions cheating scandal hanging over the luxury car brand's parent company Volkswagen.

German police raid Porsche execs in diesel probe

Frankfurt Am Main - German police raided the offices of Porsche and Audi Wednesday as part of a fraud probe against two top Porsche executives and a former employee of the luxury carmaker in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.

China fights big smog with big air purifier

Xian - China has a found a novel way to tackle its massive air pollution problem: Putting up a giant air purifier the size of an industrial smokestack in the middle of a smog-plagued city.

French statues get anti-pollution masks in clean air protest

Paris - Activists put masks on statues in Paris and other French cities on Saturday to highlight what they say is France's failure to tackle air pollution.

Interview: Raising awareness about global toxic algae bloom Special

A new docuseries that raises awareness of the global toxic algae bloom issue, which is caused by excess phosphorus in water, has been developed. To learn more Digital Journal spoke with the team behind the series.

Russia landfill protest town on 'high alert'

Moscow - Russia on Friday declared a "high alert" in a town where noxious fumes have leaked from a landfill site, distributing masks and respirators to residents who have held repeated protests.

Russia declares 'high alert' in town hit by landfill fumes

Moscow - Russia on Friday announced a "high alert" in a town where noxious fumes have leaked from a landfill site, distributing masks and respirators to residents who have held repeated protests.

German prosecutors raid VW over carbon dioxide emissions

Berlin - German authorities said Thursday they had again raided the headquarters of the world's largest carmaker Volkswagen in a probe over financial market manipulation related to excessive exhaust emissions from its vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles could be bad for the environment

Detroit - There are many advantages that can be delivered by autonomous cars but environmental impact might not be one of them unless modifications are undertaken to the size and weight of the technology, according to a new research study.

Shell, ENI accused of negligence over Nigeria oil spills

Lagos - Nigeria was on Friday urged to re-open investigations into 89 oil spills in its southern delta region, after claims that Shell and ENI misreported the causes.

Volkswagen boss 'convinced of diesel renaissance'

Frankfurt Am Main - The chief executive of the world's largest carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday he was convinced of a comeback for diesel motors, two-and-a-half years after the firm admitted to emissions cheating on a massive scale.

China 'winning' war on smog, helping life expectancy: study

Bejing - China appears to be "winning" its war on air pollution, making so much progress that life expectancy could rise by more than two years, according to a US university study.

EU urges Germany to introduce air pollution toll

Frankfurt Am Main - German cities should fight air pollution by charging drivers tolls according to their vehicle's emissions, rather than slapping general bans on older models, European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said Wednesday.

'Dieselgate' sees Toyota gain in Europe

Geneva - An auto industry turning away from diesel and European drivers increasingly favouring hybrid cars: add it up and the result is clear -- advantage Toyota.

Taking on microfibers — One washing machine at a time

Microfiber pollution is unknown to most people, but they pose a risk to our marine and freshwater aquatic habitats and humans. Several products have come on the market recently that tackle this problem, one laundry room at a time.

Indonesia scrubbing the 'world's dirtiest river'

Indonesia - The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river".

Rome to ban diesel cars from 2024: mayor

Rome - Rome will ban all diesel vehicles from driving in the city centre from 2024 to combat pollution, the mayor said on Wednesday.

German court paves way for diesel driving bans

Leipzig - A top German court on Tuesday ruled that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution, a landmark decision that plunges millions of car owners into uncertainty.

Car-mad Germany anxious as court to rule on diesel bans

Frankfurt Am Main - A top German court will issue a hotly-awaited decision Tuesday on whether cities can ban older diesel cars from some areas, potentially upending transport policy and disrupting a keystone industry.
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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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Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
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Smog in Beijing s central business district  28 February 2013.
Smog in Beijing's central business district, 28 February 2013.
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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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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.
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
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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
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18  2012.
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
Erik Christensen
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
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a c...
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter). The fibers were captured by filtering washing machine effluent after washing a Patagonia jacket. The scale in the photo indicates the length of 1,000 microns. Photo: Shreya Sonar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.
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Yoga pants and other comfortable clothing may contain microfibers that pollute our oeans.
Yoga pants and other comfortable clothing may contain microfibers that pollute our oeans.
Eli Christman/Wikimedia
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An image shot in Hebei province  China in June 2015  shows the extent of air pollution problems faci...
An image shot in Hebei province, China in June 2015, shows the extent of air pollution problems facing the country.
Green Peace Update
Varthur Lake  which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
Varthur Lake, which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
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Tailings pond.
Tailings pond.
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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