5 things to know about coal & climate change

2014-07-28 14:28

Here are 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift the global warming problem onto other countries.

Monkeys show possible 'effects of radiation'

2014-07-25 10:43

Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study says.

Romania opens plastic bridge in litter protest

2014-07-24 08:31

A western city in Romania has inaugurated a 23m bridge made of more than 157 000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.

Failures in monitoring US fracking

2014-07-23 13:50

Strained by resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in the US, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear information to citizens.

France responsible for toxic algae death

2014-07-22 14:22

A court in western France has held the French state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach when it was choked with toxic algae.

Japan will offer $20 000 to use greener cars

2014-07-21 15:27

Japan will offer at least $19 700 in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Shinzo Abe says, as the government and Japanese car makers join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles.

Kids with lead poison are given milk in China

2014-07-16 14:00

Children with high levels of lead poisoning in China's Hunan province were offered medicine and milk as a form of treatment, but in return officials asked the families to hand over all blood test.

Parts of UK have deadly pollution

2014-07-10 20:22

London and two other densely populated areas in Britain will not meet European Union pollution limits until after 2030.

China arms itself for 'war on pollution'

2014-07-08 10:45

Having declared 'war on pollution', China is arming itself with tougher weapons from new courts to daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps.

China sets up specialised pollution tribunal

2014-07-04 14:12

China's Supreme Court has set up a special tribunal to deal with environmental cases, it says as Beijing pushes a green agenda with public discontent over pollution rising.

88% of ocean's surface has plastic debris: Study

2014-07-02 10:30

As much as 88% of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists say.

Pesticides kill bees, then brids what next?

2014-06-24 13:50

Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the world's bee collapse are also harming butterflies, fish and birds, says a scientific review that called for tighter regulation to curb their use.

Chinese villagers blame mine for arsenic pollution

2014-06-23 14:19

Villagers have lost all hope are 'waiting to die' after contracting cancer from a local mine in Hunan, China. The community say arsenic pollution has killed more than a hundred people.

BP spill slowing one of ocean’s fastest fish

2014-06-23 12:25

A study in the US says mahi-mahi, a popular fish among restaurants have been exposed to oil from the 2010 BP spill, and as such they swim nearly half as fast as their unaffected counterparts.

Eskom denies deadly pollution

2014-06-20 22:30

Eskom has disputed a report that air pollution from two of its coal power stations causes the deaths of 17 people annually.

Irate farmers display 'toxic' Fukushima cow

2014-06-20 12:35

Angry farmers from Fukushima have brought a large cow to the centre of Tokyo to demand government investigate a disease they say cattle have developed since the nuclear disaster.

France unveils ambitious energy bill

2014-06-19 08:25

France has unveiled a much-anticipated bill to reduce the country's dependency on nuclear energy and fossil fuels, after months of debate over one of the government's pet projects.

Barbados struggling to clear seaweed surge

2014-06-18 09:32

Clean-up crews in tourism-dependent Barbados are trying to clear gobs of brown seaweed littering numerous beaches, officials say.

World Cup braais too much for Chile

2014-06-17 13:23

The governor of Santiago has asked Chileans to refrain from lighting up their barbecue grills while they watch the World Cup soccer tournament, as air pollution in the capital has worsened.

Australia says Barrier Reef not in jeopardy

2014-06-12 08:42

Australia says it was confident the Great Barrier Reef will avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been reduced.

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

2014-06-09 11:48

In order to combat urban pollution scientists are looking into large scale reforestation. The hope to replace expensive machines used to capture industrial pollutants with groves of native trees.

World Environment Day challenge: A paddle-out

2014-06-05 10:27

With World Environmental day upon us, a group of athletes and environmentalists in Cape Town have decided to use the opportunity to raise awareness around water pollution.

5 skincare tips for clear skins

2014-06-04 15:24

You’ve got healthy, clear skin. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give everything you have to keep it in tip-top shape.

France pays people to cycle to work

2014-06-03 13:58

France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost people's health, reduce pollution and cut fuel consumption.

Japan builds underground ice wall at Fukushima

2014-06-02 14:56

Japan has started work on an underground ice wall at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, freezing the soil under broken reactors to slow the build-up of radioactive water.


Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

China shuts large coal plant to curb smog

2014-07-24 10:38

Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media report.

Are we alone? Alien pollution may reveal answers

2014-07-24 07:29

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers say that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.

Fishing in Paris ‘trending' for young hipsters

2014-07-23 08:20

The once polluted Seine River in France has now become a hub for fishermen from all over the world. The waterway has been cleaned up and turned into a popular haunt for young bohemians.

10000 shipping containers lost overboard each year

2014-07-22 10:33

Shipping containers join the growing mass of debris befouling the deep sea.

Polluted Ganges: Can Modi save it?

2014-07-17 09:05

Standing on the banks of the Ganges Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the sacred river. The task begins now.

Earthlife to protest Eskom nuclear deal

2014-07-15 08:25

Earthlife Africa will protest against a proposed nuclear deal outside Eskom's offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Farmer blames Fukushima plant for wife's suicide

2014-07-10 11:14

A Japanese court is due to rule on a claim that Tokyo Electric Power is responsible for a woman's suicide, in a landmark case that could force the utility to admit culpability for deaths related to Fukushima.

China's arid north feeds water-rich south

2014-07-08 10:29

Booming demand for food in China's cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems.

Eskom coal is a killer, new study says

2014-07-02 13:58

New research has found that Eskom is responsible for the most dangerous pollution in the country.

Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism

2014-07-01 10:29

The number of overseas tourists visiting China's capital has fallen by 10% last year compared to 2012, with air pollution blamed for the decline.

Nuclear plant restarts water cleansing system

2014-06-23 15:19

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has restarted its trouble-plagued water decontamination system for the first time in three months, the utility says.

Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

2014-06-23 13:20

The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the UN warns at the global environment conference.

UN cracks down on environmental crime

2014-06-23 10:08

The United Nations will seek ways to toughen environmental laws this week to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.

China can learn how to cut smog from US

2014-06-20 17:00

Smog cuts life expectancy in Chinese cities by an average of 5.5 years per person, compared with the country's less-polluted southern regions.

'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink

2014-06-20 07:12

Microscopic creatures could be helping reduce marine garbage on the ocean surface, not only by "eating" plastics but by causing tiny pieces to sink to the seafloor.

WWF: Fracking may destroy SA water

2014-06-18 13:29

Government's intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa's water supply, the World Wide Fund for Nature says.

Japan plans carbon offset scheme with India

2014-06-17 16:39

Japan is set to offer India a carbon offset scheme that would see Tokyo's environmental technology used by the rising Asian giant to help reduce its emissions, a report says.

India says Greenpeace endangers economic security

2014-06-13 09:39

India's domestic spy service has accused Greenpeace of hurting economic progress by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food.

China's carbon cap by 2016: Unlikely

2014-06-09 14:57

Any near-term regulation of China's greenhouse gas emissions would likely allow for future emissions growth, a government official says, discounting any suggestion of imminent carbon cuts.

China slammed for blowing up mountains

2014-06-06 12:32

China, in its continuous need to create land has decided to bulldoze over 700 mountains, with Scientists questioning the ramifications.

EU, UN steps up call for 2020 climate plan

2014-06-04 19:15

UN and EU members have launched a new round of climate talks with Europe demanding early action to tame carbon emissions, two days after the United States unveiled a longer-term plan.

China plans absolute CO2 cap for first time

2014-06-03 15:07

China, the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016, a top government adviser says.

Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

2014-06-03 07:29

Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, and companies that produce cleaner fuels are likely to benefit from the Obama's new limits on carbon emissions.

UN climate chief hails US power plant plan

2014-06-02 14:25

The UN' top climate change official is hailing a planned new US regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into action.

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