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In legal first, court faults France over air pollution

Montreuil - A court on Tuesday found the French state had failed to take sufficient steps to limit air pollution around Paris, a legal first in the country hailed by environmental campaigners as a victory for victims of dirty air.

Court faults France in key air pollution case

Montreuil - A court on Tuesday found the French state had failed to take sufficient steps to limit air pollution around Paris, following a complaint by a mother and daughter that their health had been harmed.

Bitcoin causes carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to Las Vegas

Munich - Research suggests that Bitcoin causes carbon dioxide emissions comparable to a major city, such as Las Vegas or Hamburg. This is based on an analysis of hardware and IP addresses in association with cryptocurrency trading.

G20 agrees marine plastic pollution deal

Apo - The Group of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic waste that is choking the seas at a meeting in Japan on Sunday.

Pollution concern: China’s algal blooms are getting bigger

They may appear visually stunning, especially from satellite images. However, new research traces how toxic bioluminescent microorganisms are becoming increasingly abundant, indicating a growing concern with pollution in China's waters.

Kenyans protest bid to build East Africa's first coal plant

Nairobi - Scores of Kenyans on Wednesday protested a project to build a coal power station near the Lamu archipelago, a popular tourist spot that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site and vibrant marine life.

Do you consume a credit card's worth of plastic every week?

Paris - People worldwide could be ingesting five grammes of microscopic plastic particles every week, equivalent in weight to a credit card, researchers said Wednesday.

Pressure mounts on aviation industry over climate change

Paris - Under pressure from frequent flyers alarmed over climate change, the airline industry says it is "hellbent" on reducing emissions — but the technology needed to drastically reduce its carbon footprint is still out of reach.

Car firms call on Trump to keep emission limits

Washington - More than a dozen car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have officially asked US President Donald Trump not to relax emission limits, to avoid a fragmentation of the car market, US media reported.

In pursuit of 'zero waste', Senegalese tackle trash

Dakar - Once an idyllic stretch of white beach enticing fishermen and tourists alike, decades of factory and household waste have turned Senegal's Hann Bay into a dump.

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste

Port Klang - Hundreds of tonnes of imported plastic waste will be shipped back to where it came from, Malaysia said Tuesday, insisting the country did not want to be a global dumping ground.

World's rivers loaded with antibiotics waste: study

Paris - Rivers worldwide are polluted with antibiotics that exceed environmental safety thresholds by up to 300 times, according to research unveiled at a conference Monday.

A picture of the solid waste industry in today's climate

A total of 1.6 million Americans live next to the most polluting incinerators in the country, with lower-income and minority communities exposed to the vast majority of pollution coming from these waste-burning plants.

Life goes on under cloud of smog in Mexico City

Mexico - Scientists say breathing the heavily polluted air in Mexico City these days is like smoking somewhere between a quarter- and a half-pack of cigarettes a day.

New river study on origins of plastic pollution in the oceans

Where does plastic waste originate? How does it arrive in the Ocean? Where should we concentrate our efforts to stop the flow of this waste? These questions will be addresses in a new study of ten rivers by the Tara Ocean Foundation.

Mexico City extends pollution alert, cancels school

Mexico - Mexico City declared an air pollution alert for the second straight day Wednesday, urging people to stay indoors, canceling school and moving the semi-finals of the first-division football league to another city.

Minister promises clean Delhi air in three years

New Delhi - A top Indian minister has made an ambitious promise that the government will clean New Delhi's toxic air in the next three years.

The only way is down: subterranean survival warning

Naples - Solutions to the biggest threats facing our planet lie underground, according to experts who insist climate change, overpopulation and food shortages can all be tackled by going subterranean.

Most EU countries cut CO2 emissions last year: estimates

Apo - Most European Union countries reduced carbon dioxide emissions last year, estimates showed Wednesday, marking a turnaround in the battle against greenhouse gases as campaigners urged faster action to avoid the most damaging effects of climate change.

Carbon tax best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions: IMF

Washington - At $70 per ton of carbon dioxide, a carbon tax would be the most efficient means of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to an International Monetary Fund report published Friday.

Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter

Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea.

German prosecutors charge ex-VW boss with fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Monday they had charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn and four other managers over "dieselgate", bringing the cheating scandal back into the headlines just as VW battles to move on from the affair.

German prosecutors charge ex-VW boss Winterkorn with fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Monday they had charged former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn and four other managers over the group's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

Daimler faces probe over 'new cheating software'

Berlin - Daimler confirmed Sunday it was facing a regulatory probe after a report said German authorities have uncovered a previously unknown type of pollution trickery software allegedly installed by the car giant in some of its vehicles.

Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

Sydney - A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change.

Egypt Red Sea province to ban single-use plastic

Hurgada - Egypt's Red Sea Governorate is to introduce a ban on single-use plastics that are destroying marine life, the province's top official said Wednesday.

Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Chiang Mai - Thailand's junta chief gave the smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai seven days to crack down on spiralling pollution Tuesday, which has seen the tourist hotspot choke on Asia's most toxic air this week.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Plouvorn - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

New Delhi - Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.
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Pollution of our lakes  rivers  reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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Varthur Lake  which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
Varthur Lake, which gets water from Bellandur Lake is also polluted.
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Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
Steve Evans / Bangalore, India
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18  2012.
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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Tailings pond.
Tailings pond.
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle  La.
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
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This picture shows some of the massive pollution that the Chinese have created in their country.
This picture shows some of the massive pollution that the Chinese have created in their country.
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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.
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.
A Chinese woman with a face mask.
A Chinese woman with a face mask.
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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
Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have s...
Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have seen.
AFP
A real environmental disaster. Screen grab from video taken on Sept. 29  20915 in Bangalore.
A real environmental disaster. Screen grab from video taken on Sept. 29, 20915 in Bangalore.
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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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Image released by European Space Agency ESA on Friday  Dec. 1  2017 shows pollution from power plant...
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.
ESA
Mining incidents such as this one lead to warnings and spoils environments for all types of life.
Mining incidents such as this one lead to warnings and spoils environments for all types of life.
Michael Gil
NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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Air pollution in US.
Air pollution in US.
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The company Airfree was founded in 2004 and is based in Portugal.
The company Airfree was founded in 2004 and is based in Portugal.

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