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Thousands of runners compete in smoggy Delhi half marathon

New Delhi - Thousands of runners brushed off health warnings Sunday to compete in the New Delhi half marathon, even as smog reached unhealthy levels in the world's most polluted major city.More than 34,000 runners hit the streets of the Indian capital for the 13.

Saint-Tropez cleans up after Mediterranean oil spill

Ramatuelle - French workers on Thursday scooped balls of tar off the beach in Saint-Tropez after oil that leaked from two ships which collided washed ashore in the Riviera resort.

German prosecutors raid Opel over diesel allegations

Frankfurt Am Main - German police said Monday they had raided French-owned carmaker Opel, amid reports the manufacturer was the latest suspected of having manipulated diesel cars' exhaust emissions to cheat regulatory tests.

How European cities are battling diesel-polluted air

Berlin - A Berlin court ruled Tuesday that older diesel cars must be banned from some major roads in the German capital. Here is how other major cities around Europe are looking to bring down harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution.

Court orders diesel ban on major Berlin roads

Berlin - Diesel drivers in Berlin faced the prospect of bans from major arterial roads as a court Tuesday ordered the German capital must follow in the footsteps of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with exclusion zones.

Race to clean up oil spill after cargo ships collide off Corsica

Marseille - French and Italian civil and military teams were working to contain a spreading oil spill in the Mediterranean Monday after a container ship collision off the island of Corsica that prompted France to launch an investigation into "maritime pollution".

Fuel cleanup begins after cargo ships collide off Corsica

Marseille - French and Italian ships raced Monday to contain a spreading oil spill after two cargo ships collided off the Mediterranean island of Corsica, French naval authorities said.

US cruise ship captain on trial over French pollution charges

Marseille - The American captain of a massive cruise ship faces trial in Marseille on Monday accused of using fuel with sulphur levels above European limits, as the Mediterranean port city grapples with the polluting effect of its drive to increase boat tourism.

Germany to present plan for polluting diesel cars

Berlin - The German government will Tuesday present its compromise on the way forward for millions of people with older, more polluting diesel cars, with manufacturers potentially facing a steep bill for the crisis precipitated by an emissions cheating scandal....

France reverses car tyre sea sanctuary — an environmental flop

Vallauri - What seemed a like a crazy idea turned out to be just that: a 1980s experiment that saw 25,000 car tyres dumped into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean to create a sanctuary for sealife off the French coast is being cleaned up after it was f...

Coca-Cola, Walmart to cut plastic pollution in oceans

Montr - Coca-Cola, Walmart and other big multinationals pledged on Thursday to help reduce plastic pollution in the world's oceans in support of a campaign by five of the G7 industrialized nations.

New assessment of plastic pollution risk to sea turtles

Pollution of the oceans has been identified as a major risk in recent years. The impact is not only on the appearance of the seas, but the impact on sea creatures and the food chain. One marine animal impacted is the sea turtle.

Microplastics may enter foodchain through mosquitoes

Paris - Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment.

Researchers turn to oysters as pollution-tracking sentinels

Arcachon - French researchers hoping to get an early warning on pollution in the ocean have found an unlikely ally in a mollusc more often destined for the dinner table.

Most EU countries miss air quality targets: report

Belgique - Most EU countries fail to meet the bloc's air quality standards and more than 1,000 Europeans die prematurely each day, ten times more than in road accidents, a watchdog said Tuesday.

Most EU countries miss air quality targets: report

Belgique - Most EU countries fail to meet the bloc's air quality standards and more than 1,000 Europeans die prematurely each day, ten times more than in road accidents, a watchdog said Tuesday.

VW faces first big German court date over 'dieselgate'

Brunswick - The first major German court case against Volkswagen over the "dieselgate" scandal that has shaken up the car industry opened Monday, as investors pursue the world's largest automaker for billions in compensation.

The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

San Francisco - A supply ship towing a long floating boom designed to corral ocean plastic has set sail from San Francisco for a test run ahead of a trip to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Conflict hinders Iran efforts to counter dust storms

Tehran - Iran's efforts to counter worsening dust storms have been hampered by conflict in the region, the deputy head of the environment department said on Saturday.

Volkswagen faces German court showdown over 'dieselgate'

Frankfurt Am Main - Three years after the "dieselgate" scandal shook it to its foundations, Volkswagen next week faces a first major court case in Germany over cheating emissions tests on millions of vehicles worldwide.

Pipeline derailed, so is Canada's climate strategy

Montr - A Canadian court has sparked the ire of the oil industry by suspending the expansion of a pipeline to the Pacific over environmental concerns -- and dealt a huge blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate plan.

Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt

Apo - A Frenchman attempting to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean said Wednesday he was resuming his bid, after storms forced him to suspend the ambitious undertaking."Back in the water today!

Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Jakarta - Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.

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.
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NO2 levels over Europe. Nitrogen oxides are produced by emissions from power plants  heavy industry ...
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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Hutchinson River in New York.
Hutchinson River in New York.
Jim Henderson
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.
Harvest time in China.
Harvest time in China.
Steve Evans / Bangalore, India
Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
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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A tailing pond.
A tailing pond.
A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration  in the 1960s.
A View of Dirty Mansagar Lake before Lake Restoration, in the 1960s.
Lake Mansagar
A Chinese woman with a face mask.
A Chinese woman with a face mask.
Nicolò Lazzati
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
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015  in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3 500 000...
The Mega Expedition will take place in August 2015, in which up to 50 vessels will cover a 3,500,000 km² area between Hawaii and California in parallel, creating the first high-resolution map of plastic in the Pacific Ocean.
Ocean Cleanup Press
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
David Dodge, The Pembina Institute
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
Joshua Doubek
Construction debris  raw sewage and chemical waste is dumped into and around the shores of Bellandur...
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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Plastic Waste at Coco Beach  outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India  Goa)
Plastic Waste at Coco Beach, outfall of Mandovi river into Indian ocean. (India, Goa)
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Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center i...
Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Theodore, AL
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Visualization of polluting gas levels.
Visualization of polluting gas levels.
Google
Few people living in America today will remember how it was in the 1940s. This is an image of a wart...
Few people living in America today will remember how it was in the 1940s. This is an image of a wartime production plant. LOC - CALL NUMBER LC-USW36-376, reproduction number LC-DIG-fsac-1a35072.
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Gorichky said he s seen almost every species in the lagoon washed ashore including redfish (pictured...
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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