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Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Beijing - Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Beijing - Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Days of heavy air pollution blight northern China

Beijing - Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Despite claims of progress, US carbon emissions spike

No sooner had US President Barack Obama described the progress his administration has made in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, than a new report released by the Dept. of Energy shows carbon emissions have once again been rising steadily.

Using bacteria to clean-up waste

A new method has been devised to use microbes found in pond sediment for cleaning-up waste in rural areas. This is in the form of a “microbe-powered” wastewater treatment system that could help to clean-up large farming operations.

New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine

- Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.

Soil microbes affect carbon levels

The life-cycle of soil microbes in warmer temperatures appears to affect soil carbon storage. The slower the rate of growth, the more carbon that is released into the atmosphere. A new study suggests that a change is taking place.

Top tips for asthma care Special

Asthma can be a difficult condition, especially in the young, and a number of factors can trigger the condition. To help children with asthma, Digital Journal spoke with a leading medic.

BP ruled grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill

New York - BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Toledo water supply restored

Toledo - Citizens of Ohio’s fourth-largest city can drink from the tap again. However,the root causes of the Lake Erie algal blooms that shut off the flow for two days remain unresolved.

Mining CEO says he would drink contaminated Mt. Polley water

Likely - President of Imperial Metals Brian Kynoch apologized for his company contaminating water around the Mt. Polley Mine. He also says that the water tailing off is "good" and "very close to drinking water quality." So good that he would drink it.

California businesses unite to protect waterways

Los Angeles - A network of California businesses are working together to protect the state’s coast, ocean, bays, rivers and streams. The initiative has been dubbed the 'Blue Business Council'.

Tar-sands may be an unwanted part of many Canadian diets

Many Canadians, and even possibly some Americans, may be ingesting tar-sands from water and the meat of animals who had already been poisoned by it.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Planning on a trip to the beach this summer? Read this first

Millions of people will be hitting the beaches this summer, expecting to enjoy the surf, the sand and just plain relaxation. But sadly, your trip to the beach could turn into a nightmare because 10 percent of U.S. beaches failed to meet safety standards.

Officials close Coca-Cola plant over environmental concerns

Indian authorities have ordered a Coca-Cola plant to close down because they were allegedly soaking up too much local water and releasing pollutants over the limits of government guidelines.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Termites and fungi are ‘more important’ than climate change

Tallahassee - A new research report argues that the activities of termites and fungi are more important than climate change in relation to the breakdown and decomposition of matter.

Detecting fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses

Oslo - A set of novel methods for the detection of fecal pollution in Norwegian watercourses has been designed. The methods can give answers as to whether the contamination is a result of human or animal excreta.

Arctic ice is polluted by plastic, reveals study

A materials scientist at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College was melting Arctic ice to count microscopic algae called diatoms when she was shocked to discover huge quantities of microplastic waste trapped in it.

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

Op-Ed: Does air pollution decline as economic freedom rises? Special

Toronto - Does the quality of the air increase with economic prosperity? That's the opinion of the right-of-center Canadian Fraser Institute. It is not a view shared by the Green Party.

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.

Smoggy Chinese city imports bags of fresh mountain air

Zhengzhou - In an attempt to promote tourism, a travel company in China's Henan province shipped 20 bags of fresh mountain air to its notoriously smog-ridden capital, Zhengzhou.

Is there a global air quality crisis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 7 million people died in 2012 due to air pollution. This makes air pollution number-one environmental risk on the planet.

Air pollution blamed for seven million deaths in 2012

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012: WHO

Geneva - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday."Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the bigges...

US firms worried over Internet security: survey

Beijing - US businesses in China are increasingly concerned about Internet censorship, data security and air pollution in the world's second-largest economy, according to a survey.

'Smog insurance' offers to help Chinese breathe easier

Beijing - Chinese companies have offered up a fresh idea to help pollution-weary travellers while cashing in on public concerns over dirty air at the same time -- smog insurance.The country's top online travel agency Ctrip.com and the leading insurer Ping An hav...
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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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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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Oil platform in the North Sea.
Oil platform in the North Sea.
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One view of the bay with Sugar Loaf Mt. in the background. Notice the brown discoloration of the wat...
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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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
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There are those who say man’s effects on global warming are at best  negligible. However  whose ho...
There are those who say man’s effects on global warming are at best, negligible. However, whose home does pollution harm? Ours!
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Mercury, elemental symbol
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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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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges  ag...
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges, agricultural run-off and the burning and release of waste. Photo: UNEP
United Nations Environmental Programme
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Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken  ...
Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken March 1, 2010
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A photo by  Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
Courtesy the office of Edward Burtynsky
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Air pollution in US.
Air pollution in US.
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A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be dis...
A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be disposed of safely
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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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Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
Much of the oil sands production is located near the Athabasca River.
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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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.
Michael Gil
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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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A tailing pond.
A tailing pond.
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The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
The dumping of waste (even old vehicles), such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992, is prohibited since the entry into force of the Protocol on Environmental Protection in 1998.
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