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China steps up on 'war' against pollution with more punishments

Beijing - Beijing officials have declared a war on pollution, vowing to abandon its previous economic model of growth at the expense of China's natural resources.

Pollution may be good for trees

Washington - Bizarre as it may seem, trees growing in soils known to have a high level of environmental pollutants appear better equipped to fight pests than trees growing in soils with a lower level of pollutants.

Tourist island in Thailand being drowned by trash

Tourists come and they go. Unfortunately, tourists also happen to leave behind a lot of trash, and for tourist isles, that's a big deal. Transporting trash off of islands is inhibitedly difficult as the residents of Koh Lan are quickly finding out.

Chilean capital in first pollution emergency in 16 years

Santiago - Dangerously high pollution levels have Chile's capital on the brink of issuing an environmental emergency, the first such time the measure is to be implemented in 16 years.

Italy steel fugitive extradited from Britain

Rome - An Italian fugitive who played a key role in running one of Europe's most polluted steel plants was extradited from Britain on Friday and arrested in Rome.

Pollution closes more beaches in California

Los Angeles - A four-mile stretch of coastline south of Los Angeles was closed as workers cleared up tar balls from beaches, in the latest such shutdown in the last few weeks, officials said.

Beijing's new smoke-free law coming June 1

Beijing - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all indoor public places in Beijing will be required by law to be 100 percent smoke-free by June 1, 2015.

Ontario passes 'making healthier choices' act

Toronto - The Ontario Lung Association has welcomed the decision taken by the provincial government is agreeing to the passage of Bill 45 - "Making Healthier Choices Act."

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

Governor declares emergency as California cleans oil spill

Los Angeles - The governor of California declared an emergency as crews scrambled to contain an oil slick and clean up popular beaches after a pipeline rupture dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean.

Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

Ginebra - Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday.

Citizen science a 'big no' in Wyoming

Cheyenne - Wyoming has, in essence, made citizen science a crime. The state has placed restrictions on people photographing the environment and then making any comments about any deterioration to the natural world.

Global carbon dioxide levels hit new record

Global carbon dioxide concentrations have hit a new monthly record, reaching 400 parts per million, according to the latest data on atmospheric pollution.

Air pollution may shrink brains increasing dementia and strokes

A new scientific study links long term exposure to air pollution with smaller brains and increased risk of cognitive impairment and strokes.

Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water

Villahermosa - Some 100,000 people remained without drinking water in southern Mexico on Wednesday after rivers were contaminated by an oil spill triggered when thieves tapped a pipeline.

800 firefighters battle blaze at China chemical plant

Zhangzhou - More than 800 firefighters battled for almost 24 hours to put out a huge fire at a controversial chemical plant in the Chinese city of Zhangzhou, state media said Tuesday, the second accident at the site in two years.

India measures air quality in world's most polluted capital

New Delhi - India's prime minister suggested Monday the country's "age-old traditions" could be used to ease its choking smog, as he launched a new air quality index for the world's most polluted capital.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Paris cuts traffic in half to combat choking pollution

Paris - One year ago, Paris had to put emergency traffic measures into affect because of spiking air pollution in the capital city. Starting on Monday, only cars with odd-numbered plates will be allowed into the city, as Paris again fights the choking smog.

Mercury pollution poses threat to Arctic birds

Research indicates that mercury pollution has risen around 50-fold in the feathers of a rare Arctic bird over the past 130 years. Conservationists are concerned for the bird’s future.

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: premier

Bejing - China is falling short of its people's expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country's air pollution problem.

China's wind farms produce more energy than all U.S. nuclear plants

China now has enough wind farms to produce more energy renewably than all that is made by America's nuclear plants as the growing nation expands its power generation to fuel its new mega-cities.

Smog documentary blocked by China after becoming viral hit

Bejing - A hard-hitting video investigation into China's grave air pollution problem has been pulled from mainstream video sites, days after it garnered more than 150 million hits online.

Plastic pollution in the oceans consumed by corals

Sydney - Scientists studying Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have discovered that coral will eat microplastic pollution. Microplastics are the remains of plastic pollution discarded into the oceans.

Oyster infection rates increase at night

Oysters that reside in shallow waters around the world are prone to a parasitic disease. This is because nutrient pollution there runs high and oxygen levels invariably plummet to zero at night.

Neon signs are causing robins to stay awake at night

Researchers have discovered that bright lights emitted by neon signs and streetlamps at night in cities are disrupting the sleep cycles of robins and other birds, keeping them awake at night and getting "worn out" due to a lack of sleep.

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

Barcelona - A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swathes of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared.

BP off hook for several billion dollars in oil spill fines

New York - A US judge said energy giant BP faces a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a sum reduced by several billion dollars.

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

Bejing - Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague.Levels of PM2.

Plastic waste builds up to record volume in the oceans

A new survey has revealed the full extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans. The research estimates more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons are floating through the seas.
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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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10 percent of America s beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
10 percent of America's beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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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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A tailing pond.
A tailing pond.
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.
Boyan Slat  teenage founder of the innovative The Ocean Cleanup initiative who has become the younge...
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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Plastic bags along a river bank
Plastic bags along a river bank
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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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.
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Scallops
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Garbage and raw sewage are still a serious problem facing Olympic Organizers in Rio de Janiero.
Garbage and raw sewage are still a serious problem facing Olympic Organizers in Rio de Janiero.
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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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Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
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Chinese pollution
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environ...
Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environmental group Heal the Bay.
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More than 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay...
More than 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay. Brazilian authorities say that 80% of the pollution will be cleaned by the time the Games start in 2016.
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