Pollution

As Pollution Levels Rise, China Looks to Clear the Air With ‘Vertical Forests’

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To address serious smog issues, the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing will be building two skyscrapers covered in plants to help naturally filter out toxins from the… Sputnik On the Air Quality Index’s scale from 0 to 500, Nanjing rates a 132, which is considered unhealthy, especially for people dealing with respiratory… The towers will be designed by Italian firm Stefano… As Pollution Levels… Read More »

High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay

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Critics say air pollution issue is public health and not political issue and ministers must defend delay in high… Matthew Taylor The Guardian The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air… Politicians and environmental groups had complained that ministers were “hiding behind the election” after they said they could not publish the proposals because of… High court orders… Read More »

UK sees first full day without coal-fired electricity

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Britain was on course yesterday to see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal since the Industrial Revolution, the… EMILY BEAMENT The Scotsman If the grid runs the whole day without coal power, it would be the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the… National Grid’s electricity control room tweeted: “It looks likely that today will be the… UK sees first… Read More »

Eelco Rohling: We need to get rid of carbon in the atmosphere too

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Getting climate change under control is a formidable, multifaceted challenge. ANALYSIS: By Professor Eelco Rohling in Canberra By PMC Editor Asia Pacific Report Analysis by my colleagues and me suggests that staying within safe warming levels now requires removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The technology to do this is in its infancy and will take years, even decades, to develop, but our analysis suggests that this must be a… Eelco Rohling: We… Read More »

Make car makers, not drivers, pay for the diesel crisis, experts say

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German and French governments have already required that manufacturers fix vehicles spewing high levels of toxic pollution but UK is ‘doing… Damian Carrington Environment editor The Guardian The diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis should be solved by making motor companies recall and upgrade the dirty cars they sold, experts said on Wednesday. Make car makers… Read More »

Van Jones: Trump may have signed Earth’s death warrant

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(CNN) – As usual, Donald Trump is completely upside down on the facts. Van Jones CNN In 2015, President Barack Obama created the Clean Power Plan to slow climate disruption. It was the… Van Jones: Trump may… Read More »

Brexit threatens environmental law enforcement

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The UK will have to rethink its institutional and judicial system to maintain environmental standards. Kalina Oroschakoff and Marion Solletty Politico Leaving the European Union means there won’t be a bad cop anymore to hold the British government to account on the environment. That role is… Brexit threatens environmental… Read More »

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

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Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. Dustin Benton Euractiv But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic… Cleaning up the… Read More »

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

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The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the… David Shukman BBC A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the… Four major citie… Is there a… Read More »

Breakdown of China’s plan to tackle pollution

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Steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities are told to slash output in winter and government begins moves to ban truck transport for coal Reuters Asia Times China has ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during winter and required coal transport by rail instead of truck in Tianjin and Hebei province, in Beijing’s latest effort to crack down on pollution. A 26-page document… Breakdown of China’s… Read More »

EU workers’ green revolt over Brussels pollution

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High proportion of diesel cars means the EU capital is no poster child for tackling poor air… SIMON MARKS, JOSHUA POSANER AND MARION SOLLETTY  Politico The EU is trying to clean up the air across the Continent, though it has done little about pollution in its own back… On a crisp morning earlier this month, Karmenu Vella, the EU’s top environmental… EU workers’ green… Read More »

We may still have enough time to save the world’s oceans

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THE ocean is changing — and not for the better. José Maria Figueres, Pascal Lamy and John D Podesta. Irish Examiner Well-established scientific evidence shows that it is becoming emptier, warmer, and more acidic, putting marine life under serious pressure. But there is… We may still… Read More »

Red Alert for China’s pollution protesters

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China wants people to care for the environment, one person at a time. Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News It’s winter in Beijing, and that means two things: cold and smog. Beijing has had freezing winter temperatures for thousands of years, but the smog is something new. China first started… Red Alert for… Read More »

Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt finds thousands of pellets used in plastic production washed up on shorelines around.. Press Association The Guardian A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic… The lentil-size pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic.. Tiny plastic pellets… Read More »

What will Donald Trump mean for America’s half a million homeless people?

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Bad weather has been forecast — high winds and freezing rain — but today Daniel is lucky: he has the sun on his face and a spot at the entrance to the famous Santa Monica Pier, one of LA’s premier beachside… RN – By Antony Funnell ABC It’s a commanding view, but Daniel’s not there for the sightseeing, he’s there to beg. What will Donald… Read More »

Ireland Is Set to Become the First Country to Completely Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

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Goodbye, coal and oil. Ireland is close to becoming the first country in the world to completely divest from fossil fuels, thanks to a new bill recently passed by the… Josh Hrala ScienceAlert If set into law after review, the vote – which passed with 90 to 53 votes last Thursday – would halt public funding of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and… Ireland Is Set… Read More »