ARTICLES RELATING TO POLLUTION

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.

Fracking: Urgent call to test Karoo drinking water

2015-01-22 10:46

Health experts have issued a call to test drinking water quality in the Karoo ahead of proposed shale gas mining, which carries potential cancer risks.

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.

India on alert after Sundarbans oil spill

2014-12-13 16:18

Indian authorities are on alert after a Bangladeshi tanker sank and dumped thousands of litres of oil into rivers of the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens dolphins

2014-12-11 16:11

An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warn, branding the leak an ecological 'catastrophe'.

Clean-up of Israeli desert oil spill could take years

2014-12-10 16:45

Ecologists say it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million litres of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore.

Indian court bans old cars on the road

2014-12-04 11:15

An Indian court has banned all vehicles older than 15 years from the streets of the capital New Delhi in a bid to clean up the air.

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.

 

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.

Scientist call to test Karoo drinking water before fracking starts

2015-01-22 10:41

Health experts and anti-fracking advocates have issued an urgent call to test drinking water quality in the Karoo before proposed shale gas mining, which carries potential cancer risks, commences.

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.

Dead dolphin triggers fear after Bangladesh oil spill

2014-12-14 15:55

A dead dolphin has been found in Bangladesh's protected Sundarbans delta following an oil spill which has spread over several hundred square kilometres, heightening fears for the area's rare wildlife.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Lebanon's mountain of trash gets a makeover

2014-12-11 09:52

Lebanon’s ‘mountain of trash’ has marred the beautiful city of Sidon for years, but now an ambitious project is putting an end to the towering nightmare.

A quarter of China's drinking water is 'substandard'

2014-12-08 14:58

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China's safety watchdog is substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper say.

Germany targets coal plants to reach climate goals

2014-12-03 20:13

Germany's cabinet has agreed to plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tons by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired plants.

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.

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