ARTICLES RELATING TO POLLUTION

Nearly all seabirds will eat plastic by 2050

2015-08-31 22:08

Most sea birds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists project that 99% will have done so by 2050.

Egypt oil spill covers nearly a mile of Nile River

2015-08-30 09:29

Egypt's official news agency MENA says a pipeline at a southern power plant has burst, covering a kilometer and half of the Nile River with fuel oil.

Cleaning up old mines could cost up to R60bn

2015-08-20 07:55

SA is facing a massive regulatory failure as government does not require a levy from mining companies to treat water and there is no enforcement of the laws.

Toxic waste from Bhopal plant being 'secretly' removed

2015-08-14 13:10

More than three decades after the Bhopal gas disaster, Indian authorities have started removing toxic waste from the site for incineration, officials and news reports say.

China battles contamination at chemical blast site

2015-08-14 09:26

Chinese authorities are struggling to extinguish fires and identify dangerous chemicals at a devastated industrial site, two days after giant explosions killed dozens and left residents in fear of being cloaked in a toxic cloud.

Obama set to unveil clean power plan

2015-08-04 14:30

The White House is set to release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on pollution from the nation's power plants.

Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

2015-07-31 07:45

The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Greenpeace: China air pollution levels fall

2015-07-22 08:28

Air pollution levels in China’s cities improved in the first six months of this year but remained far worse than global and domestic standards, environmental campaign group Greenpeace says.

Officials test for possible toxic algae in Oregon river

2015-07-10 14:23

Tests are underway to determine if a green film shimmering on the surface of Portland's Willamette River may mark the return of toxic blue-green algae that could be dangerous to both people and animals, officials in Oregon say.

Court rules against Obama on mercury air pollution rule

2015-06-29 18:01

The US Supreme Court has invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

 

China needs further action to stop water pollution - vice premier

2015-08-31 08:07

China faces a 'formidable task' to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritise the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier Wang Yang says.

Sewage spill prompts closure of famed Hawaii beach

2015-08-26 09:44

Stretches of Waikiki's white sands and blue waters are deserted after officials warned that heavy rains triggered a 1.9-million-liter sewage spill near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district.

Rain on China blast city raises pollution fears

2015-08-18 12:13

Rain has fallen on the remains of a Chinese industrial site devastated by giant explosions, complicating clean-up efforts and heightening fears about toxic contamination.

Air pollution kills 4 000 people a day in China

2015-08-14 13:02

Air pollution kills about 4 000 Chinese people a day, US researchers say, citing coal burning as a key contributor.

Australia pledges to cut carbon emissions by 26% by 2030

2015-08-11 12:55

Australia plans to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26% from 2005 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, adding the government is focused on balancing the economy with the environment.

From open sewage to high-tech hydrohub, Singapore leads water revolution

2015-08-03 11:55

Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and toilets that emptied directly into streams. But it's a very different story today.

Dolphin fertility is harmed by chemicals

2015-07-23 07:57

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of industrial chemical pollution in European waters that can linger in the animals' bodies for a lifetime.

Air pollution costs France €100bn per year

2015-07-15 15:24

The effects of air pollution cost France some €100bn each year, a French Senate committee report estimated, citing impact to health as the major expense.

BP settles 2010 US oil spill claims for $18.7bn

2015-07-02 18:30

BP has reached a $18.7bn settlement with the US government and five states, a landmark deal that ends years of litigation after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

China's UN climate pledges expected

2015-06-29 14:16

China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a report says, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit.

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