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Ten towns hit by river pollution from Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Ten towns in southeast Brazil are suffering river pollution after a dam collapse at a mine nearly three weeks ago that killed 166 people and left 155 missing, presumed dead, according to officials.

Hospitals filling up in Europe's most polluted capital

Skopje - Children are missing school and hospitals are running out of beds as a noxious smog smothers Skopje, earning the small Macedonian city the grim distinction of being Europe's most polluted capital.

Kabul chokes on dirty air as temperatures plunge

Kabul - Kabul residents have long run the gauntlet of suicide attacks and bombs. This winter, however, they face another deadly threat: air pollution.

Ten most toxic places in the world revealed

Where are the most toxic places on the planet? A survey based on an assessment of danger and the risk to the greatest numbers of people has been put together, revealing mining areas, chemical waste risks, and of course Chernobyl.

China hails improved water quality, but some rivers more polluted

Beijing - China’s surface water quality improved in 2018, according to the country’s environment ministry on Monday. Beijing has extended its campaign to tackle groundwater pollution, particularly industrial wastewater flowing into streams and rivers.

Roidmi P8S car air purifier helps with allergies Special

The Roidmi P8S car air purifier comes equipped with integrated nanoscale filter and a powerful centrifugal fan. It is designed to purify the air with an automobile, and it achieves this task well.

Indigenous Argentine group sues energy multinationals

Buenos Aires - A major group of indigenous people living in Argentine Patagonia are taking some of the world's biggest oil and gas multinationals to court for "environmental contamination," Greenpeace said on Monday.

Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics

Paris - Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source.

India's filthy air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017

Delhi - India’s filthy air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 percent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

New Delhi - India's environmental watchdog has slapped New Delhi's government with a $3.5 million fine for failing to enforce rules to reduce smog in the world's most polluted major city, officials said Tuesday.

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

Paris - Anti-government protesters clashed with French police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday, leaving the area cloaked in tear gas and smoke from fires on a fresh day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

Guatemala to deploys bio-fences to slow down plastic pollution

Globally, equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic enters the sea every minute. To play its part Guatemala has pledged to increase waste collection in its rivers by deploying artisanal bio-fences to trap plastic waste.

Delhi's toxic air spikes after Diwali firework frenzy

New Delhi - Indian police arrested hundreds of revellers after a frenzied night of festival fireworks turned city air toxic nationwide on Thursday despite a preemptive court ban on the smog-fuelling party.

Delhi gasps for breath after Diwali firework frenzy

New Delhi - Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying.

Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

- The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.

EU air quality slowly improving but still deadly: report

Apo - Air pollution is slowly easing in EU countries but still causes nearly half a million early deaths each year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in its annual report published Monday.

Alarm at recovery of plastic waste in human bodies

Vienna - Plastic pollution and the recovery of micro-particles of plastic is not only a concern for marine life, according to a new report. Particles of plastic material are being recovered in the human digestive tract.

Q&A: Why developed economies need new waste solutions Special

Levels of recycling in developed economies like the U.S. are low and considerable quantities go to landfill. To address this requires new policies, new behaviors, and new technologies. An expert in waste solutions provides some solutions.

Thousands of runners compete in smoggy Delhi half marathon

New Delhi - Thousands of runners brushed off health warnings Sunday to compete in the New Delhi half marathon, even as smog reached unhealthy levels in the world's most polluted major city.More than 34,000 runners hit the streets of the Indian capital for the 13.

Saint-Tropez cleans up after Mediterranean oil spill

Ramatuelle - French workers on Thursday scooped balls of tar off the beach in Saint-Tropez after oil that leaked from two ships which collided washed ashore in the Riviera resort.

German prosecutors raid Opel over diesel allegations

Frankfurt Am Main - German police said Monday they had raided French-owned carmaker Opel, amid reports the manufacturer was the latest suspected of having manipulated diesel cars' exhaust emissions to cheat regulatory tests.

How European cities are battling diesel-polluted air

Berlin - A Berlin court ruled Tuesday that older diesel cars must be banned from some major roads in the German capital. Here is how other major cities around Europe are looking to bring down harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution.

Court orders diesel ban on major Berlin roads

Berlin - Diesel drivers in Berlin faced the prospect of bans from major arterial roads as a court Tuesday ordered the German capital must follow in the footsteps of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with exclusion zones.

Race to clean up oil spill after cargo ships collide off Corsica

Marseille - French and Italian civil and military teams were working to contain a spreading oil spill in the Mediterranean Monday after a container ship collision off the island of Corsica that prompted France to launch an investigation into "maritime pollution".

Fuel cleanup begins after cargo ships collide off Corsica

Marseille - French and Italian ships raced Monday to contain a spreading oil spill after two cargo ships collided off the Mediterranean island of Corsica, French naval authorities said.

US cruise ship captain on trial over French pollution charges

Marseille - The American captain of a massive cruise ship faces trial in Marseille on Monday accused of using fuel with sulphur levels above European limits, as the Mediterranean port city grapples with the polluting effect of its drive to increase boat tourism.

Germany to present plan for polluting diesel cars

Berlin - The German government will Tuesday present its compromise on the way forward for millions of people with older, more polluting diesel cars, with manufacturers potentially facing a steep bill for the crisis precipitated by an emissions cheating scandal....

France reverses car tyre sea sanctuary — an environmental flop

Vallauri - What seemed a like a crazy idea turned out to be just that: a 1980s experiment that saw 25,000 car tyres dumped into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean to create a sanctuary for sealife off the French coast is being cleaned up after it was f...

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Montr - Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.
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The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Ce...
The U.K. brings more aid to the Philippines last week. Supplies and 600 tents being off-loaded at Cebu airport.
DFID
Plastic Waste at Coco Beach  outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India  Goa)
Plastic Waste at Coco Beach, outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India, Goa)
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Silently destroying all known allergens  viruses and bacteria in the air via Airfree Purifier s air ...
Silently destroying all known allergens, viruses and bacteria in the air via Airfree Purifier's air purification technology.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Ludovic Hirlimann / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)
One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash...
One of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash into the Ohio River.
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Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
Exhaust from the tailpipe of a car.
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Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken  ...
Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken March 1, 2010
Scott Meltzer
Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay  Maryland  USA.
Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA.
Jennifer Schmidt
Dry sand from a tailing pond  water is used to remove the oil from the sand. The water and sand whic...
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.
Burning of rice residues after harvest  to quickly prepare the land for wheat planting  around Sangr...
Burning of rice residues after harvest, to quickly prepare the land for wheat planting, around Sangrur, SE Punjab, India.
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The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015  in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3 500 000...
The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015, in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3,500,000 km² area between Hawaii and California in parallel, creating the first high-resolution map of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.
Ocean Cleanup Press
NO2 levels over Europe. Nitrogen oxides are produced by emissions from power plants  heavy industry ...
NO2 levels over Europe. Nitrogen oxides are produced by emissions from power plants, heavy industry and road transport, along with biomass burning. Lightning in the air also creates nitrogen oxides naturally, as does microbial activity in the soil.
ESA
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings  Egypt.
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.
Effeietsanders
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.
Senor Codo
Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
Almost 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their intestines.
Ocean Revolution
Rio s Conlurb sanitation workers cleaning up some of the thousands of dead fish from the rowing venu...
Rio's Conlurb sanitation workers cleaning up some of the thousands of dead fish from the rowing venue.
BBC
Seriously polluted along its entire length  in 2007 the Ying River’s water quality was rated as be...
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.
StandingTooth-Wikipedia
Measuring hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland  CA.
Measuring hyperlocal air pollution in Oakland, CA.
Google
Plastic bags along a river bank
Plastic bags along a river bank
Ivy Main
Even our sea salt contains microplastics.
Salt farmers harvesting salt  Pak Thale  Ban Laem  Phetcha...
Even our sea salt contains microplastics. Salt farmers harvesting salt, Pak Thale, Ban Laem, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
JJ Harrison

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