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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'.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 2 comments

Termites and fungi are ‘more important’ than climate change

Tallahassee - A new research report argues that the activities of termites and fungi are more important than climate change in relation to the breakdown and decomposition of matter.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Detecting fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses

Oslo - A set of novel methods for the detection of fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses has been designed. The methods can give answers as to whether the contamination is a result of human or animal excreta.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Arctic ice is polluted by plastic, reveals study

A materials scientist at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College was melting Arctic ice to count microscopic algae called diatoms when she was shocked to discover huge quantities of microplastic waste trapped in it.
In the Media by Sonia D'Costa - 1 comment

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Does air pollution decline as economic freedom rises? Special

Toronto - Does the quality of the air increase with economic prosperity? That's the opinion of the right-of-center Canadian Fraser Institute. It is not a view shared by the Green Party.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.
In the Media by Isabelle Wesselingh (AFP)

Smoggy Chinese city imports bags of fresh mountain air

Zhengzhou - In an attempt to promote tourism, a travel company in China's Henan province shipped 20 bags of fresh mountain air to its notoriously smog-ridden capital, Zhengzhou.
In the Media by Scott Tuttle - 1 comment

Is there a global air quality crisis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 7 million people died in 2012 due to air pollution. This makes air pollution number-one environmental risk on the planet.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Air pollution blamed for seven million deaths in 2012

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

US firms worried over Internet security: survey

Beijing - US businesses in China are increasingly concerned about Internet censorship, data security and air pollution in the world's second-largest economy, according to a survey.
In the Media by AFP

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Beijing - Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance.The country's top online travel agency Ctrip.com and the leading insurer Ping An hav...
In the Media by AFP

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Beijing - Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance.The country's top online travel agency Ctrip.com and the leading insurer Ping An hav...
In the Media by AFP

Polluted Paris forces thousands of cars off the road

Paris - Thousands of cars will be banned from Parisian roads on Monday as the city tries to curb dangerous pollution levels by introducing alternate driving days for the first time in nearly two decades.
In the Media by Abhik Chanda (AFP)

Polluted Paris prepares for partial car ban

Paris - Paris on Monday launches alternate driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results.The restrictions in the French capital and 22 surround...
In the Media by Abhik Chanda (AFP) - 2 comments

Paris offering free public transit to combat pollution

Paris - Paris and areas of northern France have seen pollution levels so high that politicians are stepping in to do something about it. This weekend, Paris' public transportation, as well as bike and car sharing programs, will be free.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 1 comment

Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay'

Tokyo - Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to account for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.The move was part of a wider deal reached in ...
In the Media by AFP

Japan's Panasonic to give China expats 'pollution pay'

Tokyo - Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it would give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company.The move was part of a wider deal reached ...
In the Media by AFP

Using bacteria to clean-up oil spills

Scientists have used marine bacteria to assist in cleaning up after oil spills. A new group has found out which parameters need to be changed in order to make the process more efficient.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Plastic pollution of oceans is a growing menace

Microbes living on floating pieces of discarded plastic are affecting the ocean ecosystem. This plastic pollution poses a significant risk to invertebrates, humans and other animals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

China smog drives masks out of stock

Beijing - China's biggest online facemask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded large swaths of northern China for an entire week.Beijing's official reading for PM 2.5 -- small airbor...
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Gasping for a laugh as China smog persists

Beijing - Pollution-weary residents of smog-hit Beijing turned to black humour to help cope with gruelling conditions Tuesday as a large swathe of China was covered by a thick blanket of haze for a sixth consecutive day.Meanwhile President Xi Jinping was picture...
In the Media by AFP

Air purifier rush as smog shrouds northern China

Beijing - Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China in recent days has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media reported Monday, as pollution continued to shroud Beijing.China's National Meteorological Centre issued a "yellow" smog a...
In the Media by AFP
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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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The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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10 percent of America s beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
Jim Crabtree
10 percent of America's beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
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A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be dis...
Deepwater Horizon Response
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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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
US Dept of Interior
Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges  ag...
United Nations Environmental Programme
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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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environ...
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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environmental group Heal the Bay.
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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!
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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Ce...
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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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One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash...
Google
One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash into the Ohio River.
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Human Rights Watch
Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
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Air pollution in US.
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Air pollution in US.
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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.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
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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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A photo by  Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
Courtesy the office of Edward Burtynsky
A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
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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One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the wat...
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One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the water closer to shore.
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Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health  the...
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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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