ARTICLES RELATING TO POLLUTION

Cooking linked to high blood pressure in China

2014-08-26 16:07

Women in China who are exposed to pollution from cookstoves and highways face a greater risk of high blood pressure, researchers say.

Beijing expands carbon trading scheme

2014-08-21 11:45

The Beijing municipal government will add 120 companies to its emissions trading scheme, in a bid to strengthen control over rapid gas emissions.

Mysterious source of ozone-depleter baffles Nasa

2014-08-21 10:02

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but Nasa says that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.

India court blasts Modi over filthy Ganges

2014-08-14 10:33

India's top court has accused the new Hindu nationalist government of failing to move on its promise to clean up the sewage-ridden, sacred river Ganges.

Beijing cuts coal use in first half of 2014

2014-08-12 09:30

China's capital Beijing has cut total coal consumption by 7% in the first half of the year as part of its efforts to tackle smog, according to a report.

Red tide destroying fish population in Florida

2014-08-08 10:29

The largest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore.

SAA, Boeing look to tobacco for jet fuel

2014-08-06 13:44

South African Airways, Boeing and SkyNRG say they will collaborate together to make aviation biofuel from a tobacco plant.

Shell 'failing' to clean oil pollution in Nigeria

2014-08-04 08:04

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell, Amnesty International and other groups have charged.

Paris tourists share picnics with rats

2014-07-30 11:51

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the Tuileries garden. It's a stone's throw from the Louvre museum, with just one drawback, the rats.

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.

 

Black carbon exposure linked to high blood pressure

2014-08-26 12:56

Exposure to pollution from cooking stoves and highways may increase high blood pressure risk in women.

Eskom offers 'bucket of water' to put out fire

2014-08-21 11:26

Eskom's current pollution reduction plan is wholly inadequate and like offering one bucket of water to put out a fire, says Greenpeace.

Glacial melt mostly caused by man-made damage

2014-08-15 14:39

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study says.

Australia warns of poor outlook for Barrier Reef

2014-08-12 15:06

Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government says.

Pollution from Keystone more than expected

2014-08-11 09:50

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the state department calculated earlier this year, a new study says.

Oceans increasingly polluted with mercury: Study

2014-08-07 12:25

In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.

Toxic algae cause 400 000 to go without water

2014-08-04 10:58

Health authorities have tested water for toxins in Ohio, as some 400 000 people remain without safe drinking water for a second day following the discovery of high toxin levels from algae on Lake Erie.

Bees provide solution to Airbus' pollution problem

2014-07-31 13:20

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus.

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze descends

2014-07-29 09:18

Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo Island is 'unhealthy', with one town reaching 'very unhealthy"'levels as haze, mostly from forest fires in Indonesia.

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.

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