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Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Miami - One of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday.

Pollen can impair performance of school kids

Oslo - Hay fever is an unpleasant allergy, varying in severity. The allergy affects many people as they go about their lives and this includes school children. The extent of the problem has been examined in a new study.

Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case

Washington - A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the US authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

Britain's report into air pollution and diesel to be revealed

London - The British Government has failed in a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy. The forthcoming publication is being heralded as a success by environmental pressure groups.

British government loses court case over air pollution plans

London - Britain's government must publish proposals to tackle air pollution months earlier than it wanted, a top court ruled Thursday, saying the plans cannot be delayed until after June's general election.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Kathmandu - Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

Despite EU fines, Greece struggling to promote recycling

Atenas - A steady stream of EU fines and two decades of trying have failed to get recycling off the ground in Greece, where eco-awareness is only half-heartedly promoted by authorities.

Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo

Li Chaoqing fled his poverty-stricken Chinese hometown at age 14 for a new life in Shanghai, where he raised five children in a disused old boat on a polluted river.

Study: Surge in coal pollution led to smaller newborns

A new study on the effects of coal pollution took a fresh look at what happens when a community switches from nuclear power to coal-fired power, using the 1979 Three-Mile Island nuclear accident.

London to impose new charges to cut 'lethal' pollution

London - Drivers of the most polluting cars will be charged to travel into the centre of London from 2019, Mayor Sadiq Khan said Tuesday, describing his city's air as "lethal".

Death of dolphin in NY river highlights bigger issue — Pollution

Mount Vernon - A dead dolphin was pulled out of the polluted Hutchinson River in Mount Vernon, New York on Friday afternoon. While it may not be surprising to find a dead animal in a polluted river, it should make people question why the river is still polluted.

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have been pouring into Puget Sound since February 9, after an electrical failure crippled Washington state's largest sewage treatment plant. The plant is still undergoing repairs.

More gas guzzlers due to Trump? Not necessarily

New York - The White House clashed with environmentalists over President Donald Trump's retreat from tough future auto emission standards, with both sides predicting potentially big consequences for America's car fleet.

German prosecutors search Audi offices over 'dieselgate'

Frankfurt Am Main - State prosecutors in southern Germany said Wednesday they had searched offices belonging to carmaker Audi over parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Tuzla - Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

Port Harcourt - The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces.

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Bejing - China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger.

Luxembourg prosecutes unknown person in VW scandal

Luxembourg - Luxembourg has filed a criminal case against an unknown person in an unusual step related to the Volkswagen "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.

Hungary court orders retrial over 2010 toxic spill

Gyor - A Hungarian court on Monday ordered a retrial of 15 employees at an alumina plant who were cleared last year of criminal wrongdoing over the country's worst toxic spill in 2010.

German prosecutors probing ex-VW chief Winterkorn for fraud

Frankfurt Am Main - German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating Volkswagen's former chief executive Martin Winterkorn on suspicion of fraud over the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, dealing a blow to the auto giant's attempts to move on from the crisis....

Europe chokes under freezing smog

Paris - Heavy pollution enveloping much of Europe prompted emergency measures across the continent on Tuesday.A toxic cocktail of extreme cold, no wind and heavy burning of coal and wood for heating has left many regions shrouded in smog.

VW ex-boss denies prior knowledge of pollution cheating

Berlin - Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke.

Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution

Oslo - Oslo will ban diesel cars from the road for at least two days this week in a bid to combat rising air pollution, angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago.

In Spain first, Madrid bans half of cars to fight smog

Madrid - Madrid's city hall announced Wednesday it had ordered half of most private cars off the roads to fight a particularly bad bout of pollution, a first in Spain.

Lab animal burial ground in New Hampshire has residents spooked

Hanover - Back in the 1960s and 70s, Dartmouth College's medical school used a site called Rennie Farm to dispose of lab animals used in "tracer experiments," in which scientists used radioactive isotopes. Now, those experiments have come back to haunt the living.
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Liu Bolin speaking at one of his exhibitions in 2015.
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Pharmaceutical factories  in India are dumping antibiotic residues into the lakes and rivers.
Pharmaceutical factories in India are dumping antibiotic residues into the lakes and rivers.
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
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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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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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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.
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Shijiazhuang has seen 10 bouts of serious air pollution so far this winter  according to the China D...
Shijiazhuang has seen 10 bouts of serious air pollution so far this winter, according to the China Daily newspaper
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Smog in Beijing's central business district, 28 February 2013.
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Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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Construction debris, raw sewage and chemical waste is dumped into and around the shores of Bellandur Lake, and city officials are aware of this happening.
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One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the water closer to shore.
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Compressed plastic waste collected by fishermen at a processing plant in Chiva, near Valencia in Spain
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Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
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Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
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A Chinese woman with a face mask.
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Harvest time in China.
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