China's soil pollution, a serious secret

2014-04-17 13:13

A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government says, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

China gets tough on polluting factories

2014-04-15 08:32

China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development.

China finds nearly 2 000 polluting firms

2014-04-10 11:25

Nearly 2 000 Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25 000 industrial firms.

AfriForum rep detained after witnessing sewage spill

2014-04-08 12:11

A community co-ordinator for AfriForum has been detained for trespassing at the Nketoana local municipality in the Free State after he says he witnessed a sewage spillage.

$5bn settlement after decades of pollution

2014-04-04 11:13

The US has reached a $5.15bn settlement with Anadarko Petroleum, the largest ever for contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with chemicals.

Sahara desert dust brings smog to UK

2014-04-02 14:19

British authorities have warned people with heart or lung conditions to avoid exertion as a combination of industrial pollution and Sahara dust blankets the country in smog.

Breathe easier behind the wheel

2014-04-01 11:48

It's not possible to keep air pollution outside your car entirely, but there are ways to reduce exposure.

Oil prospecting threatens wildlife in DRC park

2014-03-31 13:44

The World Wildlife Fund has voiced concern about a planned operation to prospect for oil in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ever more high-polluting industries in China

2014-03-26 12:28

China has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth, resulting in steadily worsening air quality.

WHO: 7 milion dead due to air pollution

2014-03-25 09:47

Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation says.

Beijing residents get cover against smog

2014-03-18 13:45

A state-owned Chinese insurer will offer residents of Beijing insurance cover against health risks caused by air pollution.

Shocking videos of a crewman ‘polluting’

2014-03-17 11:50

Shocking undercover video footage has been released that shows an employee on a cruise ship apparently purposefully tossing garbage bags into the sea.

Company pollutes Kruger rivers

2014-03-14 13:28

A river in the Kruger National Park has been polluted after a Bosveld Phosphates's plant spilled contaminated water into various rivers that directly run into the park.

China to hold polluters accountable

2014-03-09 15:01

China will toughen its environmental protection laws to target polluters, according to a high-level policy report, paving the way for possibly unlimited penalties for polluting.


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China's smog calls for global trade deal

2014-02-28 14:27

Smog in China is providing unexpected momentum for a global deal on trade in environmental goods due to an urgent access to cheaper, cleaner energy, Denmark's trade minister says

China's smog drives masks out of stock

2014-02-26 12:40

China's biggest online facemask sellers are running out of stock as consumers rush to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded large swaths of China.

US court divided over climate case

2014-02-25 07:52

The US Supreme Court appears divided over an Obama administration programme aimed at limiting power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Pollution alert as smog rolls into Beijing

2014-02-21 12:31

Beijing, under fire to take effective measures against air pollution, raised its four-tiered alert system to "orange" for the first time.

Chinese villagers attack polluting factory

2014-02-12 14:57

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment have smashed its offices and equipment, and clashed with police.

Delhi, Beijing top polluted cities ranking

2014-02-06 13:01

Pollution levels in New Delhi rival those of Beijing as the policies of economic growth at the expense of environment have taken their toll on the population in the Asian megacities.

Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

2014-01-16 12:01

Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution.

US carbon pollution up 2% in 2013

2014-01-14 10:26

Energy-related carbon dioxide pollution grew by 2% last year after declining several years in a row, a government report says.

Pollution wipes out fish in Durban river

2014-01-10 14:35

The discharge from an undisclosed factory in Durban has resulted in the deaths of thousands of fish in the iSipingo River, according to a report.

China toxic smog brings opportunity

2013-12-30 13:05

As China's smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the government has pledged over $494bn to tackle the problem, creating a growing market for green companies.


Will Engen pay for Richards Bay spill?

2014-04-17 11:08

After the oil spill at Richards Bay nearly a week ago that saw 6 000l of oil being spilled into the port its still remains unclear whether Engen will face action.

Race to contain oil spill at Richards Bay

2014-04-14 14:25

Authorities are currently addressing an oil spill that occurred in Richards Bay after an underground corroded pipeline burst.

Chinese enterprises violate guidelines

2014-04-10 10:06

Nearly 2 000 Chinese enterprises have been found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign.

Hollywood gorge on oysters from a once polluted bay

2014-04-07 13:51

Cage after cage, oysters in abundance headed for Hollywood are scooped up from a once polluted bay, thanks to a rescue programme that is making money for fishermen and the community

England wheezes through haze of dust cloud

2014-04-03 19:54

It has shrouded England's most famous monuments for days and prompted a rash of calls to the emergency services over health fears.

Families torn over return to Fukushima 'hot zone'

2014-04-01 15:15

People in Japan have begun their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as they worry about radiation and poor jobs.

China: Pollution protest turns bloody

2014-03-31 14:26

Hundreds of protesters in southern China marched against a chemical plant and environmental degradation, in a demonstration that the Maoming city government called a "grave violation".

China's war on smog hinges on Hebei

2014-03-31 12:36

China's war on pollution is only a few weeks old but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province with high pollution.

BP spills oil again

2014-03-26 08:33

An unknown amount of oil leaked from BP Whiting refinery in Indiana into Lake Michigan after a mechanical glitch, the company confirms.

China tackles devastating soil pollution

2014-03-20 11:06

China's environmental authorities have passed a plan to tackle soil pollution as the government becomes increasingly concerned about the risk to food posed by contamination.

Police enforce car ban as Paris battles smog

2014-03-17 12:49

France has deployed hundreds of police in Paris to enforce the most drastic curbs on car use in 20 years as authorities sought to reduce health-endangering pollution.

New energy project in Kraaifontein

2014-03-17 10:50

A new way to turn plastic into oil will be tested in Cape Town, the project is seen as a new energy option that will be funded by various Japanese companies.

'New gasses threaten the ozone'

2014-03-10 18:11

Scientists have made a new discovery that argues four new gases are present in the earth’s atmosphere that damages the earth’s ozone layer.

China's declares war on pollution...will it help?

2014-03-05 08:24

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said he is "declaring war" on pollution, describing it as a "red-light warning" against inefficiency as he sought to address public concerns on issues from acrid smog to food safety.

Bangladesh's tanneries: 'Death comes slowly'

2014-03-04 14:12

Western retailers have been forced into action after a garment factory complex collapsed killing 1 135 people in Bangladesh, but the call to action has been slow or non-existent.

Greenpeace: 2 200 died due to Eskom's plants

2014-02-27 11:57

Greenpeace has issued a report estimating the health damages and economic costs around Eskom’s power plants, stating that 2 200 people per year died prematurely as a result of exposure to particulate matter.

Chinese citizens try to cope with smog

2014-02-25 10:21

Pollution-weary residents of smog-hit Beijing have turned to black humour to help cope with gruelling conditions as a large swathe of China was covered by a thick blanket of haze.

Air purifier rush as smog blankets China

2014-02-24 08:49

Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media report, as pollution continues to shroud Beijing.

Used machine oil is toxic glop

2014-02-19 06:30

Just 1 litre of used machine oil can contaminate 1 million litres of water. Oil pollution ruins aquatic ecosystems, causes cancer, damages fish hearts and likely hurts our hearts too.

British MPs back car smoking ban

2014-02-11 10:15

British members of parliament have voted overwhelmingly in support of a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.

EU to ditch transport emission goals after 2020

2014-01-17 07:21

The European Union's climate and energy strategy for 2030 will not include a specific target on curbing emissions from transport, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases in the bloc.

More cleared to use water after US chemical spill

2014-01-15 08:51

About 39% of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by a chemical spill in West Virginia have been told they can use the local water again.

Chile's top court halts 350-MW plant on pollution

2014-01-11 08:59

Chile's Supreme Court has suspended operations at the 350 megawatt Bocamina II thermoelectric plant.

SA water polluted by mines to be mapped

2014-01-10 10:43

The Water Research Commission has embarked on an extensive study which aims to map surface and underground water currently influenced by mines.

Greenpeace activists get visas to leave Russia

2013-12-27 07:16

Russia has started issuing visas to the foreign crew of a Greenpeace protest ship and dropped the criminal case against the last member of the 30-strong team.

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