ARTICLES RELATING TO POLLUTION

Gold rush an ecological disaster for Peruvian Amazon

2014-11-28 12:19

A lush expanse of Amazon rainforest known as the 'Mother of God' is steadily being destroyed in Peru, with the jungle giving way to mercury-filled tailing ponds used to extract the gold hidden underground.

China: Rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting

2014-11-25 16:06

Developed countries must do more than their less wealthy counterparts to tackle climate change, the world's biggest polluter China says, reaffirming its longstanding position before a UN climate conference.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020

2014-11-18 13:03

China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade.

Shell says Nigeria spills bigger than thought

2014-11-13 09:01

Royal Dutch Shell has said two 2008 oil spills in Nigeria were larger than earlier thought, ahead of a compensation court case in England's High Court.

Sickness stalks India village with toxic water

2014-11-11 12:56

People both young and old in a small village in India have always drunk the ground water drawn from communal handpumps that experts now say is highly toxic.

Australia set to pay polluters to cut emissions

2014-10-31 09:21

Australia is set to approve measures giving polluters financial incentives to reduce emissions blamed for climate change, in a move critics described as ineffective environmental policy.

Australia reaches climate policy compromise - reports

2014-10-29 07:48

Australia's government has reached a compromise with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a $2.2bn fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

China to shut factories during summit to curb pollution

2014-10-25 12:34

The Chinese government has ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing in November.

Diwali: India holds its breath

2014-10-22 13:02

Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to 'severe' levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, a government scientist says.

India launches air quality index

2014-10-17 19:05

India has launched a new air quality index to help citizens understand complex pollution data and implications.

Anthropocene: Age of humans

2014-10-14 15:25

People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They're calling it the Anthropocene, the age of humans.

Living near highway may affect blood pressure

2014-10-10 11:02

According to recent research, there's a greater risk of developing high blood pressure if you live close to a highway.

Living near highway may affect blood pressure

2014-10-02 10:53

According to recent research, there's a greater risk of developing high blood pressure if you live close to a highway.

Abalone farmers storm shipyard over pollution

2014-09-23 14:37

A shipyard in China has suspended operations after at least 500 farmers, who blame water pollution from the yard for killing their abalone harvest, stormed the yard and smashed its offices.

China bans 'dirty' coal sale, imports

2014-09-16 14:26

China will ban the sale and import of "dirty" coal in less than four months, in an anti-pollution move that could have repercussions.

Big firms brace for global carbon price rollout

2014-09-15 11:01

An increasing number of big corporations expect governments worldwide to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change and some are already factoring in the cost to guide future investment decisions.

Sasol 'profits from pollution' - Earthlife

2014-09-12 06:33

Environmental NGO Earthlife Africa has criticised Sasol’s recent profit report calling it ‘profits from pollution’.

South Korea delays smog tax until 2020

2014-09-02 11:29

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

Fracking pollutes drinking water: action group

2014-09-01 14:00

The government must stop the process of regulating shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group says.

Thailand heading for a waste crisis

2014-09-01 10:42

A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.

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.

 

India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution

2014-11-27 11:37

India's environment court has slammed the government over the capital's horrendous air pollution, which it said is 'getting worse' every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020

2014-11-18 14:17

China needs to hit its 'peak coal' use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an government think tank says.

Australia bans dredge waste dumping on Barrier Reef

2014-11-13 16:25

Australia says it will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef in a move welcomed by environmentalists as a first step towards a total halt.

Beijing blocks pollution mobile app

2014-11-11 14:10

Beijing authorities have blocked a popular application that reports the smog levels in the city as the Asia-Pacific conference winds down.

China's Xi says smog his top priority during Apec

2014-11-11 10:36

Beijing's air quality readings have been at the top of Chinese President Xi Jinping's agenda in the last few days, he says, with the city desperate to keep smog under control during Apec.

Refuge colonies created for bees

2014-10-30 14:42

An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting.

E-waste inferno burning brighter in China

2014-10-28 11:05

Business is booming in the Chinese town of Guiyu, where the world's electronic waste ends up for recycling, and is set to get even better. But the industry has a heavy environmental cost.

EU nations threaten to block green energy rules

2014-10-23 07:56

EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal.

Pollution in pregnancy linked to weak lungs in child

2014-10-21 12:12

Traffic pollution exposure during pregnancy may up the risk of mothers giving birth to children with lung problems.

Colombian farmers sue BP for environment damage

2014-10-16 10:13

A case in which 100 Colombian farmers are suing British oil giant BP for environmental damage has opened in the High Court in London.

Days of heavy air pollution blight China

2014-10-10 12:37

Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China have pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Methane hot spot in US is 3x expected size

2014-10-10 10:48

One area in the southwestern US is spewing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere far faster than expected, US researchers say.

China results exceed target for pollution cut

2014-09-25 11:30

China is on track to exceed its 2014 target for cutting water pollution, amid reports that it plans a $326bn action plan to clean up its rivers and lakes.

Australia plays down China 'dirty coal' ban

2014-09-17 12:00

Australia has played down the impact of China banning the sale and import of "dirty" coal, saying miners would adapt and exports would not be affected.

Singapore air pollution slips into unhealthy levels

2014-09-15 12:41

Singapore's air pollution has rose to unhealthy levels, the national environment agency says, as winds changed direction and brought in light smoke from forest fires in Indonesia.

Plastic pollution choking Australian waters - study

2014-09-15 08:03

Three-quarters of the trash found off Australian beaches is plastic, a study says as it warned that the rubbish is entangling and being swallowed by wildlife.

Mexico pollution, water disputes turn political

2014-09-11 12:13

Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggled to blame each other for the problems.

Why drivers inhale more pollutants

2014-09-09 11:37

Should drivers be the ones wearing the gas masks?

Millions of fish die due to 'contamination'

2014-09-02 11:29

Authorities are investigating whether negligence at wastewater treatment plant is to blame after millions of fresh water fish began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon in Mexico.

Fracking pollutes drinking water: TKAG

2014-09-01 13:35

Government must stop the legislative process underway to regulate shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group says.

California passes first US plastic bag ban

2014-08-30 20:26

California lawmakers have approved a measure that will make the state the first in the US to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

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.

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