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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.

Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

New Delhi - Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

Scores of Indian farmers arrested over polluting fires

New Delhi - More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday.

Despite itchy eyes, tourists flock to Taj Mahal

Agra - Even with pollution cloaking northern India, visitors are still thronging the Taj Mahal, the shining marble mausoleum south of Delhi.
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Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
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A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration, in the 1960s.
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Image released by European Space Agency ESA on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 shows pollution from power plants in India taken by Copernicus Sentinel-5P on Nov. 10, 2017.
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Seriously polluted along its entire length, in 2007 the Ying River’s water quality was rated as below Grade 5 by the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency.
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The Eiffel Tower is seen through a haze of pollution, in Paris, on December 12, 2013
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Measuring hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland, CA.
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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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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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Florida fish kill is environmental disaster.
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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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Hazorea Aquatics salmon farm, Chile.
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The discharge from Lake Okeechobee is decreasing, but the harmful pollutants will continue to impact the environment for months.
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Six pack rings made of polyethylene
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Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf is the voice of the Indian people. She has released a rap song to promote her campaign to force the Hindustan Unilever to clean-up the environmental pollution.
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Yoga pants and other comfortable clothing may contain microfibers that pollute our oeans.
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File picture shows the Los Angeles skyline
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Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
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