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New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog

New Delhi - India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival.

Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report

Copenhagen - Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted

Toukyo - Tokyo Olympic organisers said Wednesday that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to a venue intended for triathlon and marathon swimming at the 2020 Games.

Pollution abatement technology extended to Asia Pacific

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., the U.S. environmental, pollution abatement and energy solutions company has initiated projects in Asia aimed at reducing environmental pollution from shipping.

Greek minister defends 'improving' oil slick clean-up

Atenas - Greece's merchant marine minister defended on Thursday the government's response to an oil spill that has spread across beaches near Athens following criticism from environmentalists and calls for his resignation.

Greece fumbled oil spill response: environment groups

Atenas - Greek officials fumbled their response to a minor oil spill that is now threatening beaches near Athens five days after the suspicious sinking of a tanker, environmental groups said Thursday.

Blame game in Greece as oil spill spreads in Athens' Saronic gulf

Atenas - Greek officials traded accusations Wednesday after an oil spill from a sunken tanker drifted to other parts of the Saronic Gulf in Athens.The 45-year-old vessel Agia Zoni II sank on Sunday near the island of Salamis while under anchor.

Two years after 'dieselgate', can diesel be saved?

Frankfurt Am Main - Buffeted by scandals and threatened by driving bans, diesel has become the bete noire of the auto industry. But as the second anniversary of 'dieselgate' approaches, is the engine of choice for millions of European drivers really in its death throes?

Dieselgate: timeline of a global scandal

Frankfurt Am Main - It's been nearly two years since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on diesel emissions tests, setting off a scandal that has spanned the globe and reverberated across the car industry.

UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution

London - A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday.

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Paris - People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, according to a study published Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries.

Battling to thwart diesel bans, Merkel throws in the cash

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged a billion euros to help German cities fight air pollution caused by dirty diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign.

Merkel faces toxic diesel issue at air quality meet

Berlin - Three weeks before elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel will Monday face the toxic "dieselgate" scandal which pits the interests of Germany's powerful auto sector against public health fears over air pollution.

Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis

Colombo - Sri Lanka banned plastic bags and other disposable products on Friday after the collapse of the island's biggest dump led to a rubbish disposal crisis.

Freeze-dried foam developed to soak up carbon dioxide

Researchers have developed a novel technology to help address future environmental concerns. This is a macroscale foam that can rapidly soak up carbon dioxide.

By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study

Paris - A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday.

Anger mounts in Hong Kong over massive palm oil spill

Hong Kong - Residents in Hong Kong desperately tried to clear the coastline of greasy lumps of palm oil Tuesday as it continues to wash ashore after a huge spillage at sea.

Hong Kong cleans up greasy beaches after palm oil spill

Hong Kong - A clean-up operation was under way in Hong Kong Monday after a massive palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters clogged some of its most popular beaches.

Hong Kong cleans up greasy beaches after palm oil spill

Hong Kong - A clean-up operation was under way in Hong Kong Monday after a massive palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters clogged some of its most popular beaches.

Berlin orders recall of 22,000 Porsches over emissions cheating

Berlin - Germany on Thursday ordered luxury car brand Porsche to recall 22,000 vehicles across Europe over emissions test cheating amid a widening election-year scandal.

Berlin pressures automakers as scandals pile up

Frankfurt Am Main - German political leaders took the country's auto industry to task Thursday, demanding more action to reduce harmful diesel emissions even as new cartel allegations surfaced ahead of September elections.

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040: report

London - Britain will outlaw the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution, the government was set to announce later Wednesday.

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by next week: report

Paris - Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday.

Daimler manipulated emissions in one million cars: report

Frankfurt Am Main - German luxury automaker Daimler manipulated the engines of around one million diesel vehicles to make them appear less polluting, local media reported Thursday, raising echoes of competitor Volkswagen's 'dieselgate' scandal.

'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared: scientists

Paris - The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned.

'Annihilation' of Earth's species under way: study

Paris - The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, and amounts to a "biological annihilation" of the planet's wildlife, scientists have warned.

Report raises concerns about pollution levels inside cars

Copenhagen - A new Danish study has found that a car driver often breathes in a higher level of pollution compared with a cyclist, when traversing the same road. This raises a new concern about air quality and public health.

Op-Ed: New study — Billions at risk from heatwaves

Sydney - Inhabitants of the tropics, Middle East and most Western nations are in for progressive murderous heatwaves. New studies by the University of Hawaii indicate a rolling incremental increase in severity of heatwaves worldwide.

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief

Chicago - The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far.

Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage

Paris - A Frenchwoman suffering from chronic respiratory problems on Wednesday sued the state, accusing it of failing to protect her from air pollution in Paris.
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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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A Chinese woman with a face mask.
A Chinese woman with a face mask.
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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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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.
The extent of some of the river pollution in India is difficult to describe.
The extent of some of the river pollution in India is difficult to describe.
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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!
Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
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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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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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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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A photo by  Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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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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Municipal effluent discharged from wastewater treatment works (WwTW) is suspected to be a significan...
Municipal effluent discharged from wastewater treatment works (WwTW) is suspected to be a significant contributor of microplastics (MP) to the environment.
Environmental Science and Technology
A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration  in the 1960s.
A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration, in the 1960s.
Lake Mansagar
Singapore s Downtown Core on 7 October 2006  when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra  Indone...
Singapore's Downtown Core on 7 October 2006, when it was affected by forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.
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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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Tailings pond.
Tailings pond.
Pollution jumps over  safe levels  across the Paris metro level on March 19  2015.
Pollution jumps over 'safe levels' across the Paris metro level on March 19, 2015.
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The top 3 000 companies by market capitalisation  which represent a large proportion of global equit...
The top 3,000 companies by market capitalisation, which represent a large proportion of global equity markets, were responsible for $ 2.15 trillion worth of environmental damage in 2008.
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