Pollution

Fiat Chrysler accused of emission cheating by U.S.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has denied any wrongdoing, saying the Environmental Protection Agency was blowing the issue out of proportion. By TOM KRISHER Associated Press MICHAEL BIESECKER The Associated Press The Star WASHINGTON—The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its… Fiat Chrysler accused… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

ECB’s quantitative easing programme investing billions in fossil fuels

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EU emissions pledge could be undermined by bank’s investments in oil, gas and auto industries, new analysis shows The Guardian Arthur Neslen in Brussels The European Central Bank’s (ECB) quantitative easing programme is systematically investing billions of euros in the oil, gas and… ECB’s quantitative easing… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

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The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. BBC By Matt McGrath The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the… Four major cities… Read More »

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

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Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission. The Telegraph By Lauren Davidson, property editor Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing… Meet the entrepreneur… Read More »

EU in ‘Mexican standoff’ over independent checks on car emissions

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Leaked documents reveal EU pledge to carry out tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers The Guardian Arthur Neslen Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by the… EU in ‘Mexican… Read More »

Tehran’s air pollution fuels political quarreling

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Authorities in the Iranian capital of Tehran shut down all schools on Nov. 16 due to alarming air pollution levels, while political factions accuse one another of irresponsibility on the issue. Changiz M. Varzi Primary schools and kindergartens have been closed in the city since Nov. 14, as a thick layer of smog has covered the… Tehran’s air pollution… Read More »

Humans create carbon emissions which spawn Australia’s extreme weather – report

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State of the Climate report from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology says human activities have driven ‘significant changes’ to Australia’s climate Michael Slezak Carbon emissions from human activities have driven significant changes to the climate in Australia, including about 1C of warming and an… Humans create carbon… Read More »

After 3 Years Of Drought, A Starving Madagascar Teeters On The Brink Of ‘Catastrophe’

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Nearly 850,000 people on the island nation are facing “alarming” levels of hunger, according to U.N. agencies. Dominique Mosbergen Even in good years, hunger is rife in Madagascar. More than 90 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and nearly half of the… After 3 Years… Read More »

Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered ‘scrotum’ frogs in Peru

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Researchers and campaigners suspect pollution killed the rare Titicaca water frogs that are endemic to the famous lake and derive their nickname from their wrinkly skin Dan Collyns in Lima Scientists are investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 10,000 endangered frogs, in a river which leads into South America’s most famous lake on… Scientists investigate death… Read More »

British doctors and health professionals call for rapid coal phase-out

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Group of health bodies says tackling climate change and air pollution linked to coal would improve health and reduce NHS costs John Vidal Groups representing Britain’s 600,000 doctors and health professionals say it is “imperative” to phase out coal rapidly to improve health and reduce NHS costs. The doctors and… Read More »

London’s black communities disproportionately exposed to air pollution – study

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Black, African and Caribbean people are exposed to higher illegal nitrogen dioxide levels than the percentage of the population they account for Adam Vaughan Black communities in London are disproportionately more likely to breathe illegal levels of air pollution than white and Asian ones, new research seen exclusively by the… London’s black communities… Read More »

Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study

Current greenhouse gas concentrations could warm the world 3-7℃ (and on average 5℃) over coming millennia. Andrew Glikson  That’s the finding of a paper published in Nature today. The research, by Carolyn Snyder, reconstructed temperatures over the past 2 million years. By investigating the… Source: Current emissions could already warm world to dangerous levels: study Read More »

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat

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John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change John Abraham Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the… Source: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

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Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods Shehab Khan Independent France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate… Although some ecologists’ organisations are in favour ... Read More »