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Op-Ed: Trump administration announces roll-back of vehicle standards

The EPA is starting to roll back one of the most important policies for limiting climate change we have. The agency is also picking a fight with states that want tougher car emission rules, setting itself up for a knock-down, drag-out legal fight.

This EDM star partners with foundation to stop ocean pollution

Electronic music star Oliver Heldens has partnered with the Plastic Soup Foundation, in an effort to help eliminate ocean pollution.

U.S. startups want to bring back supersonic passenger planes

Three U.S. startup companies plan to introduce supersonic jets in the mid-2020s. One company, Boom Supersonic, made its debut at Farnborough this week, pledging to revive commercial supersonic flight.

The 'Soul' of the Pacific Northwest is dying of starvation

The Southern Resident orca pods of the Pacific Northwest are in a tough spot - literally. The orca's primary food source is disappearing, while pollution, oil tankers and marine ecosystem collapse are all factors.

Q&A: Technological solution to manufactured food pollution Special

One the leading sources of the world's ballooning ecological footprint are the costs and energy emissions associated with manufacturing recipe-based food products along with the buying habits of consumers. However, there's a technological solution.

Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise

Washington - Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long warned of this problem.- What are the causes of ocean noise?

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Kathmandu - Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.

Japan passes anti-plastic law but with no sanctions for polluters

Apo - A bill intended to reduce the volume of microplastics dumped into the ocean was approved by Japan's parliament on Friday, but it included no sanctions for failure to comply.

VW says will pay 1 bn euro German fine over emissions cheating

Berlin - Auto giant Volkswagen said Wednesday it would pay a one billion euro ($1.2 billion) fine imposed by German prosecutors for diesel emissions cheating.

Canadian plastic makers set target for plastic-free landfills

Canada's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. The announcement comes just days before the federal government asks other G7 member states to push for international zero-plastics-waste.

Germany clings to diesel, even as first driving bans hit

Frankfurt - Hamburg will on Thursday become the first German city to ban older diesel vehicles from some highly polluted stretches of road, as public confidence in the once-loved technology goes up in smoke.

EU chokes on own air quality standards

Apo - In the skies above Katowice in the heart of Poland's coal industry, Polish officials are deploying the latest weapon against air pollution: drones that inspect the city's chimneys.

EU takes UK, Germany, four others to court over air pollution

Apo - The European Commission said Thursday it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.

EU takes Germany, five others to court over air pollution

Apo - The European Commission said Thursday it is taking Germany, France, and four other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.

No time to waste: Moscow urged to recycle, not burn

Moscow - Protests have been growing in recent months over the stench from landfill sites around Moscow, overflowing with millions of tonnes of rubbish.

VW 'contests' report boss knew of diesel cheating risk

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmaker Volkswagen rejected Sunday a report that chief executive Herbert Diess knew of the financial risks from the firm's massive diesel cheating earlier than he has so far acknowledged.

Toxic water fears in Pakistan region infamous for deformities

- Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people.

World's largest dead zone in Gulf of Oman is the size of Florida

Researchers studying a massive "dead zone" in the Arabian Sea now reveal the zone of oxygen-starved waters has now expanded far more than expected, raising serious concerns about the future of local fisheries and ecosystems

Nine out of 10 people breathing polluted air: WHO

Geneva - More than 90 percent of the global population is breathing in high levels of pollutants, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, blaming poor air quality for some seven million deaths annually.

China may avoid 94,000 deaths with climate policies: study

Bejing - China could avoid nearly 94,000 premature deaths and save a whopping $339 billion in health costs over the next 12 years by honouring its carbon reduction commitments under the Paris climate accord, a study showed Monday.

Essential Science: Antidepressants found in fish brains

Research into the U.S. Great Lakes has uncovered levels of antidepressants not only in the water but also in the brains of fish. This signals the polluting effect of wastewater and sewage treatment facilities.

German police arrest Porsche manager over diesel scandal

Berlin - German police have detained a Porsche manager in a probe into the diesel emissions cheating scandal that the luxury car brand's parent company Volkswagen has struggled to shed.

German police arrest Porsche manager over diesel scandal

Berlin - German police have detained a Porsche manager in a probe into the diesel emissions cheating scandal hanging over the luxury car brand's parent company Volkswagen.

German police raid Porsche execs in diesel probe

Frankfurt Am Main - German police raided the offices of Porsche and Audi Wednesday as part of a fraud probe against two top Porsche executives and a former employee of the luxury carmaker in connection with the diesel emissions cheating scandal.

China fights big smog with big air purifier

Xian - China has a found a novel way to tackle its massive air pollution problem: Putting up a giant air purifier the size of an industrial smokestack in the middle of a smog-plagued city.

French statues get anti-pollution masks in clean air protest

Paris - Activists put masks on statues in Paris and other French cities on Saturday to highlight what they say is France's failure to tackle air pollution.

Interview: Raising awareness about global toxic algae bloom Special

A new docuseries that raises awareness of the global toxic algae bloom issue, which is caused by excess phosphorus in water, has been developed. To learn more Digital Journal spoke with the team behind the series.

Russia landfill protest town on 'high alert'

Moscow - Russia on Friday declared a "high alert" in a town where noxious fumes have leaked from a landfill site, distributing masks and respirators to residents who have held repeated protests.

Russia declares 'high alert' in town hit by landfill fumes

Moscow - Russia on Friday announced a "high alert" in a town where noxious fumes have leaked from a landfill site, distributing masks and respirators to residents who have held repeated protests.

German prosecutors raid VW over carbon dioxide emissions

Berlin - German authorities said Thursday they had again raided the headquarters of the world's largest carmaker Volkswagen in a probe over financial market manipulation related to excessive exhaust emissions from its vehicles.
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An image shot in Hebei province, China in June 2015, shows the extent of air pollution problems facing the country.
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Even our sea salt contains microplastics. Salt farmers harvesting salt, Pak Thale, Ban Laem, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
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Impacting human health: Vehicle exhaust in our large cities contributes to rising ozone levels.
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Garbage and raw sewage are still a serious problem facing Olympic Organizers in Rio de Janiero.
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Hutchinson River in New York.
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Smoke pours out of smokestacks on the road into Pocatello, masking the beauty of the environment.
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A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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Plastic Waste at Coco Beach, outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India, Goa)
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Pharmaceutical factories in India are dumping antibiotic residues into the lakes and rivers.
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