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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.

Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

Stuart - Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime.

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Singapore to pursue firms over fires, despite Indonesian ire

Jakarta - Singapore is refusing to back down in its pursuit of those responsible for haze-belching forest fires in Southeast Asia last year, despite struggling to bring the perpetrators before the courts and drawing a sharp rebuke from neighbouring Indonesia.

Paris bans old cars from streets in pollution crackdown

Paris - Paris cracked down Friday on ageing polluting cars, with vehicles registered before 1997 no longer allowed on the streets from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays.

Lagos shuts churches, mosques over noise

Lagos - Authorities in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos have shut down dozens of churches, mosques and hotels in a bid cut noise pollution, officials said Thursday.

Rio official blames financial troubles for pollution woes

Rio De Janeiro - Raw sewage and garbage litter Rio's Guanabara Bay, the Olympic sailing venue in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, with pollution one of several major headaches for organizers and athletes ahead of the Games.

Diesel cars are more polluting at lower temperatures

A new study suggests that pollution from diesel run cars is far worse when it is colder than 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) outside.

Killing Nemo: Cyanide threat to tropical fish

Paris - Many of the real-life Nemos swimming in children's fish tanks are caught using cyanide, said research Thursday which highlighted the danger to corals.

Scientists declare the first mammal extinction because of pollution

An Australian research team declared the first mammal to become extinct due to human-made climate change and pollution. However, there's still a very small chance that some undetected populations of the rodent still exist.

Antibiotic use in Chile's salmon fisheries spiked in 2015

Pushed by environmental groups, the Chilean Appeals Court ordered salmon fisheries to disclose their antibiotic use in 2015. The government published the results, showing that in 2015, antibiotic use spiked to its highest level since 2007.

Fiat Chrysler suspected of emissions cheating: Report

Berlin - German regulators suspect that Italian-American auto maker Fiat Chrysler, like Volkswagen, used illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said Sunday.

80 percent of world's city dwellers breathing bad air: UN

Geneva - Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday.

Mexico eyes anti-pollution measures for smoggy capital

- Authorities announced on Tuesday new measures to combat a recent increase in air pollution in Mexico City, as officials reported an increase in related ailments such as asthma.
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10 percent of America's beaches are not safe enough for swimming.
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A Factory along the Yangtze River.
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Pollution of our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aquifers is a major problem worldwide.
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Florida fish kill is environmental disaster.
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The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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Smoke pours out of smokestacks on the road into Pocatello, masking the beauty of the environment.
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Lead poisoning incidents in China between 2009 and 2011.
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