ARTICLES RELATING TO POLLUTION

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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