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China's bitcoin mining rush risks derailing climate goals

Bejing - China's electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80 percent of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country's climate goals, a study in the journal Nature said on Tuesday.

In Tunis, flamingos wade past waste in key Africa wetlands

- Hundreds of flamingos wade past waste in the murky waters of the vast Sijoumi lagoon, a critical wetland in the heart of Tunisia's capital threatened by overexpansion.

Pollution forces Nepal schools to close for the first time

Kathmandu - Nepal on Monday ordered schools to close as choking smog enveloped the capital Kathmandu, in the first-ever shutdown of the country's education sector because of pollution.

Virginia governor signs order phasing out single-use plastics

Richmond - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Execute Order 77 on Tuesday, putting Virginia on a path to eliminate most single-use plastics at state agencies, colleges, and universities.

Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Paris - Deadly small particle pollution in dozens of nations exceeded World Health Organization recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.

Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns: report

Paris - Deadly small particle pollution in four of five nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.

Biggest sandstorm in decade turns Beijing skies yellow

Bejing - Beijing was cloaked in thick yellow smog on Monday with pollution levels surging off the charts as the worst sandstorm in a decade descended on China's capital from the Gobi desert.

Biggest sandstorm in decade turns Beijing skies yellow

Bejing - Beijing was cloaked in thick yellow smog on Monday with pollution levels surging off the charts as the worst sandstorm in a decade descended on China's capital.

Children subject to air pollution may suffer heart defects

The effects of air pollution on children appear to be more dangerous than realized. A new study shows how pollutants like wildfire smoke and car exhaust can affect heart development in children, posing risks later in life.

Air pollution caused 160,000 deaths in big cities last year: NGO

Kuala Lumpur - Serious pollution caused around 160,000 premature deaths in the world's five most populous cities last year, even as air quality improved in some places due to coronavirus lockdowns, an environmental group said Thursday.

Link between abandoned coal mines and methane emissions

A new risk factor has been identified in relation to methane levels in the atmosphere – abandoned coal mines. New research identifies form mines as concentrated sources of methane gas release.

Meet 'baby' Claire, explorer of Antwerp's bad air

Antwerp - Out for an afternoon hike, Veerle Bonaers and a friend stop pushing their baby and look down to their map, suddenly aware they have taken a wrong turn.

Essential Science: Has COVID-19 really helped the environment?

From the environmental perspective, what has been the effect of the pandemic upon the environment? The results are mixed, depending upon which aspect of ecology is examined. We look at four contrasting cases in this week's Essential Science.

Microplastics and our planet: Part 1 – looking at the problem

Microplastic pollution continues to be an issue of pressing concern for humanity. Particles are found in everyday items like fertilizers, cosmetics, household detergents, cleaning products, paints and products used in the oil and gas industry.

Emissions fell record 7 percent in 2020: study

Paris - Carbon emissions fell a record seven percent in 2020 as countries imposed lockdowns and restrictions on movement during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Carbon Project said Friday in its annual assessment.The fall of an estimated 2.

Inquest to probe role of air pollution in death of British girl

London - A coroner's inquest starts in London on Monday to determine whether air pollution played a role in the death of a nine-year-old girl who lived near a busy road.

Researchers find microplastics on top of the world at Everest

Kathmandu - Traces of microplastics have been found close to the top of Mount Everest, a study showed Friday, likely originating from equipment used by the hundreds of climbers who summit the world's highest peak every year.

Bags and balloons: NGO documents plastic pollution choking sea life

Washington - A dead manatee in Florida was found to have swallowed so many plastic bags they formed a cantaloupe-sized ball in its stomach, while a baby turtle had its intestines perforated by tiny plastic fragments.

India's capital awakes to 'severe' smog as revellers defy cracker ban

New Delhi - Toxic smog blanketed India's capital early Sunday after firecrackers were set off throughout the night to mark the country's biggest annual festival Diwali despite a ban, further worsening the city's air quality levels.

Pandemic casts shadow over India's festival of light

New Delhi - Fear of the coronavirus, mixed with chronic pollution, has spoiled the party for hundreds of millions of Indians celebrating the biggest Hindu holiday of the year on Saturday.

Shoppers shrug off pandemic, pollution ahead of India's biggest festival

New Delhi - Crowds packed New Delhi markets on Thursday ahead of India's biggest holiday of the year, shrugging off record coronavirus cases and toxic smog in the capital.

Delhi battling dual crises of pollution and coronavirus

New Delhi - India's capital is reeling from the double impact of the coronavirus and severe air pollution, New Delhi's chief minister warned Thursday, as the megacity reported a record jump in cases and its worst smog in a year.

Used car exports drive pollution to developing world: UN study

Paris - Getting rid of old cars is helping clean the skies over developed nations, but many clunkers are ending up in developing countries where they are add significantly to air pollution, a UN report warns.

Strategies for improving the environmental impact of DX

For many enterprises, digital transformation is a must, especially in terms of staying competitive and being efficien. But what about the environmental impact? How should businesses handle this aspect of corporate governance?

Death of sea life off Russia peninsula 'caused by algae'

Moscow - Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".

Air pollution costs Europe cities $190bn a year: analysis

Paris - Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs said in research published Wednesday.

Are air purifiers contributing to asthma?

A research study suggests that air purifiers could be contributing to rising levels of asthma and other respiratory conditions. This is due to the presence of endotoxin (fragments of bacterial cell walls).

Kamchatka marine life death caused by algae: Russian scientist

Moscow - The mass death of sea creatures in Russia's Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation.

The plastic problem: No sign of plastic waste levels decreasing

COVID-19 has seen a reversal of attempts to minimize plastic waster. The coronavirus pandemic has seen large amounts of plastic used in face masks, testing kits, and screens. What is the current state of plastic waste?
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Gorichky said he's seen almost every species in the lagoon washed ashore including redfish (pictured) that have been breeding for 35 years.
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Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
Sensors: The next frontier for pollution reduction.
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Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a c...
Fibers captured on a 20 micron filter. A micron (or micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter (a centimeter is one hundredth of a meter). The fibers were captured by filtering washing machine effluent after washing a Patagonia jacket. The scale in the photo indicates the length of 1,000 microns. Photo: Shreya Sonar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.
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File photo: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban di...
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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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.
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A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings  Egypt.
A consequence of mass tourism in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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File picture shows the Los Angeles skyline
File picture shows the Los Angeles skyline
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The Cruise ship Emerald Princess in Stockholm  Sweden is just one of the many ships owned by the com...
The Cruise ship Emerald Princess in Stockholm, Sweden is just one of the many ships owned by the company.
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Rio de Janeiro s Guanabara Bay
Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
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A pedestrian wears a mask on a heavily polluted day in Shijiazhuang  in northern China's Hebei ...
A pedestrian wears a mask on a heavily polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in northern China's Hebei province, on December 21, 2016
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This image is part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Biodiversity and human well-bei...
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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Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay  Maryland  USA.
Tidal wetlands of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA.
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Google's Street View car
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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.
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