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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.

Greenpeace ship highlights plastic pollution risk

The Greenpeace ship Beluga II is currently travelling around Scotland on a scientific expedition, to document the threat of plastic pollution in the most remote and biodiverse areas in the U.K. The results so far are disturbing.

Math proves urban emissions can be cut by two-thirds

A mathematician has developed a model that shows the optimal conditions for achieving sustainable urban distribution and cut emissions.

Cancer drug reduces response to airborne allergens

A new study, and a remarkable case where a drug created for one disease has been applied to another, shows how an anti-cancer drug can help to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions to air allergens.

Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Miami - One of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday.

Pollen can impair performance of school kids

Oslo - Hay fever is an unpleasant allergy, varying in severity. The allergy affects many people as they go about their lives and this includes school children. The extent of the problem has been examined in a new study.

Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case

Washington - A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the US authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

Britain's report into air pollution and diesel to be revealed

London - The British Government has failed in a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy. The forthcoming publication is being heralded as a success by environmental pressure groups.

British government loses court case over air pollution plans

London - Britain's government must publish proposals to tackle air pollution months earlier than it wanted, a top court ruled Thursday, saying the plans cannot be delayed until after June's general election.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Despite EU fines, Greece struggling to promote recycling

Atenas - A steady stream of EU fines and two decades of trying have failed to get recycling off the ground in Greece, where eco-awareness is only half-heartedly promoted by authorities.
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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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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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A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration, in the 1960s.
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Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Theodore, AL
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Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
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Boyan Slat, teenage founder of the innovative The Ocean Cleanup initiative who has become the youngest recipient of a prestigious UNEP environmental award.
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File photo: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges, agricultural run-off and the burning and release of waste. Photo: UNEP
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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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Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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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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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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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Cebu airport.
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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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Construction debris, raw sewage and chemical waste is dumped into and around the shores of Bellandur Lake, and city officials are aware of this happening.
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Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
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