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Oyster infection rates increase at night

Oysters that reside in shallow waters around the world are prone to a parasitic disease. This is because nutrient pollution there runs high and oxygen levels invariably plummet to zero at night.

Neon signs are causing robins to stay awake at night

Researchers have discovered that bright lights emitted by neon signs and streetlamps at night in cities are disrupting the sleep cycles of robins and other birds, keeping them awake at night and getting "worn out" due to a lack of sleep.

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

Barcelona - A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swathes of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared.

BP off hook for several billion dollars in oil spill fines

New York - A US judge said energy giant BP faces a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a sum reduced by several billion dollars.

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

Bejing - Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague.Levels of PM2.

Plastic waste builds up to record volume in the oceans

A new survey has revealed the full extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans. The research estimates more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons are floating through the seas.

Study links smog exposure during pregnancy to autism

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported Thursday that mothers who were exposed to significant levels of fine particulate pollution in their third trimester of pregnancy doubled the risk of having a child with autism.

Sweden to test wireless charging of buses on city roads in 2016

The Swedish city of Södertälje is to begin testing of a new wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus system on its roads in 2016 as part of efforts to reduce fuel consumption and pollution in the country.

Republicans surrender on another issue: Environment

Republicans had been leaders on conservation and the environment for more than 100 years, since Teddy Roosevelt was president.

Human pollution extends to Antarctica

The extent of human pollution has reached Antarctica, with different types of pharmaceuticals found in fish, clams and sea urchins in waters close to Antarctica.

Protests as Bhopal marks 30th anniversary of disaster

Bhopal - Protesters in the Indian city of Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemical and displayed placards demanding justice as they marked the 30th anniversary Tuesday of the world's deadliest industrial disaster.

30 years on, fight for justice still rages in Bhopal

Bhopal - Nearly deaf and riddled with cancer and ulcers, 90-year-old Rampyari Bai insists she will never give up fighting for justice for victims of the world's worst industrial disaster.

California refinery city sends industry-backed candidates packing

Richmond - Voters in the Northern California city of Richmond rejected four refinery-backed candidates in Tuesday's city council election despite $3 million in Chevron-funded campaign advertising.

UK scientist: Oceans face serious risk from carbon emissions

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's leading chief scientist, warned the world's oceans face a growing and serious threat from man-made carbon emissions.

Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Beijing - Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Beijing - Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Days of heavy air pollution blight northern China

Beijing - Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Despite claims of progress, US carbon emissions spike

No sooner had US President Barack Obama described the progress his administration has made in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, than a new report released by the Dept. of Energy shows carbon emissions have once again been rising steadily.

Using bacteria to clean-up waste

A new method has been devised to use microbes found in pond sediment for cleaning-up waste in rural areas. This is in the form of a “microbe-powered” wastewater treatment system that could help to clean-up large farming operations.

New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine

- Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.

Soil microbes affect carbon levels

The life-cycle of soil microbes in warmer temperatures appears to affect soil carbon storage. The slower the rate of growth, the more carbon that is released into the atmosphere. A new study suggests that a change is taking place.

Top tips for asthma care Special

Asthma can be a difficult condition, especially in the young, and a number of factors can trigger the condition. To help children with asthma, Digital Journal spoke with a leading medic.

BP ruled grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill

New York - BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Toledo water supply restored

Toledo - Citizens of Ohio’s fourth-largest city can drink from the tap again. However,the root causes of the Lake Erie algal blooms that shut off the flow for two days remain unresolved.

Mining CEO says he would drink contaminated Mt. Polley water

Likely - President of Imperial Metals Brian Kynoch apologized for his company contaminating water around the Mt. Polley Mine. He also says that the water tailing off is "good" and "very close to drinking water quality." So good that he would drink it.

California businesses unite to protect waterways

Los Angeles - A network of California businesses are working together to protect the state’s coast, ocean, bays, rivers and streams. The initiative has been dubbed the 'Blue Business Council'.

Tar-sands may be an unwanted part of many Canadian diets

Many Canadians, and even possibly some Americans, may be ingesting tar-sands from water and the meat of animals who had already been poisoned by it.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Planning on a trip to the beach this summer? Read this first

Millions of people will be hitting the beaches this summer, expecting to enjoy the surf, the sand and just plain relaxation. But sadly, your trip to the beach could turn into a nightmare because 10 percent of U.S. beaches failed to meet safety standards.

Officials close Coca-Cola plant over environmental concerns

Indian authorities have ordered a Coca-Cola plant to close down because they were allegedly soaking up too much local water and releasing pollutants over the limits of government guidelines.
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A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be dis...
A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be disposed of safely
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There are those who say man’s effects on global warming are at best, negligible. However, whose home does pollution harm? Ours!
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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One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash into the Ohio River.
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Smoke pours out of smokestacks on the road into Pocatello  masking the beauty of the environment.
Smoke pours out of smokestacks on the road into Pocatello, masking the beauty of the environment.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
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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.
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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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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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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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Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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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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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
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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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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Human Rights Watch
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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.
Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.