Nepal: Human waste on Everest is a major problem

2015-03-03 10:00

Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world's highest peak, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association says.

Scientists alarmed at short-term eroding gases

2015-02-17 15:51

Environmental scientists have raised concern at rising levels of gases that attack Earth's protective ozone layer, including manmade chemicals not covered by a key UN treaty.

Norway to cut climate pollution by 40% by 2030

2015-02-04 15:46

Norway says it will cut its emissions of global warming gases by 40% by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union.

Red tide detected near Cape Town

2015-02-03 12:35

Red tide, which can render shellfish dangerous, has been detected on the west coast, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department says.

90% of China's cities failed to meet air standards

2015-02-02 08:09

Nearly 90% of China's big cities have failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that is still an improvement on 2013 as the country's 'war on pollution' began to take effect.

Obama heads to India to breathe ‘filthy ‘air

2015-01-23 12:58

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.

Pollution soars in Beijing amid winter smog

2015-01-15 14:52

Pollution levels have soared in Beijing to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital.

India bans burning cow dung near Taj Mahal

2015-01-13 14:11

India has banned the burning of cow dung near the Taj Mahal amid fears the famed white-marbled mausoleum was turning yellow from air pollution, an official says.

China cracks down on environmental crimes

2014-12-24 07:36

China's environmental regulators have nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters over the first three-quarters of this year.

'Super bacteria' found in Rio's Olympic waters

2014-12-16 08:03

Scientists with Brazil's most respected health research institute say they've discovered a drug-resistant 'super bacteria' in waters where Olympic sailing events will be held.


Eskom gets reprieve from emission caps

2015-02-24 19:42

Several companies, including Eskom, have been granted a reprieve from complying with minimum emission standards in terms of air quality laws.

Lobsters crawl out of sea - report

2015-02-07 16:06

A report says about half a ton of rock lobsters have crawled out of the sea at Elands Bay, north of Cape Town.

Pollution kills 1.2 million people

2015-02-03 15:10

Air pollution caused 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, according to the Global Burden of Disease report released by British medical study.

90% of China cities fail to meet air standards

2015-02-02 11:41

Nearly 90% of China's big cities have failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, this, as the country's "war on pollution" campaign began to take effect.

China's smoggy capital to close 300 companies

2015-01-23 14:31

Beijing plans to shut 300 companies this year to help reduce choking air pollution in the Chinese capital, the official Xinhua news agency says.

Smog lifts over Beijing

2015-01-16 10:18

Residents in Beijing are breathing more freely as the worst smog of the winter was lifted by overnight wind and rain.

China orders more regions to cut coal consumption

2015-01-14 14:33

China's state planning agency has ordered the city of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to draw up plans to reduce coal consumption in a bid to improve air quality.

EU should curb mercury emissions from cremations

2015-01-12 17:02

Environment campaigners are calling for curbs on mercury emissions from human cremations as part of pollution controls that EU authorities will debate.

Extreme swimmers take on polluted rivers to highlight water crisis

2014-12-17 12:05

Two extreme athletes are set to swim 200km down the polluted Wilge River in the Free State to highlight the plight of South Africa's deteriorating waterways.

Farmer in pollution dispute with Sasol

2014-12-14 16:00

Sasol has denied claims by a stock farmer in Secunda that polluted water had led to the death of 60 cattle.

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