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Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Paris - The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.

Investigation launched on the impact of microplastics

London - Microplastic particles are consumed by marine life as a result of human pollution. In turn, the particles may pose a health risk to humans. This concern is sufficient to trigger a research study.

Europe air pollution causes 467,000 early deaths a year: report

Copenhagen - Almost nine out of 10 European city dwellers breathe air that is harmful to their health, though the continent's air quality is slowly improving, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Wednesday.

Five things to know about VW's 'dieselgate' scandal

Frankfurt - It has been 14 months since Volkswagen admitted to fitting millions of cars with cheating software to dupe emissions tests, plunging the German auto giant into one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the industry.

The smog in Delhi lifted — now its back with a vengeance

Delhi - Delhi, India, home to over 17 million people, is among the fastest growing states in the country. But air quality has deteriorated so much that thousands of professionals are leaving the capital, a move that could have dire effects on the economy.

Finland cancels plan to close troubled nickel mine

Helsinki - Finland's government decided Friday to grant new public funding for its troubled Talvivaara mine, cancelling a previous plan to permanently close what was once the European Union's biggest nickel mine.

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

New Delhi - Authorities in Delhi on Monday closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

Delhi government orders three-day school shutdown over smog

New Delhi - Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years.

UK govt loses High Court case on air pollution

London - Environmental campaigners in Britain won a High Court legal battle on Wednesday over the government's failure to tackle air pollution to meet European standards.

British government in trouble over air pollution

London - The British government has been accused by a campaign group of failing to meet the air pollution targets agreed by the European Union. The matter has been referred to the courts.

India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali

New Delhi - New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital.

Judge gives final approval in Volkswagen emissions settlement

San Francisco - A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Pollutant now valued by renewable energy companies

At least one organic compound, commonly classed as a pollutant, has the potential to be used to fashion cheap, reliable batteries for use with the energy renewables sector.

Human made sun and rain demonstrates plastic pollution impact

The most common material used in the modern world is plastic. Many modern plastics are composed of nanoparticles. What is the ecological consequence when plastic degrades? A research group have been finding out.

Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO

Geneva - Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

Nitrates poison water in California's Central Valley

Porterville - In California's Central Valley, where verdant fields of fruit and vegetables unfurl under sunny skies, the water that feeds them -- and flows into taps across the region -- contains a toxic and silent poison.

Southeast Asian haze crisis killed over 100,000: study

Jakarta - A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze".

Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa: study

Geneva - European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group said Thursday.

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year.

Greenpeace blames industrial accident after Russian river runs red

Moscow - A river in Russia's far north turned a blood red colour probably as a result of an industrial accident, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday.

Indonesia vows 'war' after haze investigators held

Jakarta - Indonesia vowed Wednesday to "wage war" against illegal land burning after officials were detained and faced death threats from a mob allegedly trying to stop them investigating smog-belching fires.

DR Congo's second city poisoned by years of mining

Lubumbashi - "In this stream, the fish vanished long ago, killed by acids and waste from the mines," says Lubumbashi resident Heritier Maloba, staring into the murky waters of his childhood fishing hole.

Indonesia in haze warning as fires flare

Jakarta - Indonesia warned Friday that haze from forest fires was floating over a key waterway towards its neighbours, and that the number of blazes was rising.

India court lifts ban on large diesel cars in Delhi

New Delhi - India's top court Friday lifted a ban on the registration of new high-end diesel vehicles in New Delhi after carmakers said they had been left stranded with thousands of unsold SUVs.

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up, report says

Paris - In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air -- the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

Corpses, excrement, litter: Welcome to Rio Olympic sailing venue

Rio De Janeiro - When Olympic sailors compete in Rio the cameras will show a made-for-television scene of sparkling tropical waters and mountains. Luckily, the billions of viewers won't catch the revolting stink.

China firm fined for pollution in landmark case

Bejing - A Chinese environmental group has won a landmark public interest lawsuit against a glass manufacturer, with the firm fined more than $3 million for excessive pollution, a court said.

France wants climate deal to take effect by November

New York - France's ecology minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday she wants to see the Paris climate deal take effect by November, just before a new round of climate talks opens in Morocco.

Olympic sailors to get garbage-free waters - maybe, official says

Rio De Janeiro - Trash-free water at the Rio Olympics is not guaranteed but sailing competitors can at least expect a "fair" tournament, a top official said Wednesday.

Air pollution up in a third of Chinese cities: Greenpeace

Bejing - Air pollution levels rose in nearly a third of Chinese cities monitored in the second quarter, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday.
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Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have s...
Sailing competitors have complained the stench and dirty waters of the bay are the worst they have seen.
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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 of the screen captures released by environmental groups purporting to show discharge of coal ash into the Ohio River.
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A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
A Factory in China on the Yangtze River.
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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
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray  Alberta.
Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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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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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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Rio's Conlurb sanitation workers cleaning up some of the thousands of dead fish from the rowing venue.
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Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
Pea-soup smog on Beijing street.
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Morning after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 2010 in Beijing. Notice the gas cans. Photo taken March 1, 2010
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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The Cruise ship Emerald Princess in Stockholm, Sweden is just one of the many ships owned by the company.
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Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
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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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Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz ranked 2nd most contaminated in California according to report by environmental group Heal the Bay.
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Pollution jumps over 'safe levels' across the Paris metro level on March 19, 2015.
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