Pollution

France will ‘ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040’

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Environment minister unveils five-year-plan to fulfil country’s commitments under Paris Agreement Chloe Farand    Independent France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by… France will ‘ban… Read More »

Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax

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Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax Dana Nuccitelli The Guardian What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common? All have signed on as founding members to the Climate Leadership Council, which has met with the White House to propose a revenue-neutral carbon tax… Exxon, Stephen Hawking… Read More »

Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

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Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution Damian Carrington The Guardian The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights, according to the former US vice-president and… The battle to halt climate change can be won, he said, because the… Al Gore: battle… Read More »

Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s climate leaders, says study

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European leaders have vowed to continue fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced last night he was pulling the US out of the… Catarina Walsh World Economic Forum So what are EU states doing – or not doing – to contribute to the bloc’s pledge of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… According to a new study, only three European countries – Sweden, Germany and France – are doing enough to keep the EU on ... Read More »

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

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Economists, including Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, say taxes of $100 per metric tonne could be needed by… Phillip Inman Economics editor The Guardian A group of leading economists warned on Monday that the world risks catastrophic global warming in just 13 years unless countries ramp up taxes on carbon emissions to as much as $… Experts including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern said governments needed to… Sky-high carbon… Read More »

The world’s most toxic town: the terrible legacy of Zambia’s lead mines

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Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia The heavy legacy of lead in the world’s most toxic town – in pictures Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe, Zambia The Guardian ” I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become ... Read More »

India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

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Every car sold in India from 2030 will be electric, under new government plans that have delighted environmentalists and dismayed the… Callum Brodie World Economic Forum It’s hoped that by ridding India’s roads of petrol and diesel cars in the years ahead, the country will be able to reduce the harmful levels of air pollution that contribute to a… India’s booming economy has seen it become the world’s third-largest oil importer, shelling out $150 billion annually for the resource – ... Read More »

It’s a fallacy that all Australians have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene

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Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. Nina Lansbury Hall Cindy Shannon Paul Jagals The Conversation As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will easily meet these new goals at home – including goal number 6, to… But the unpalatable truth is… It’s a fallacy… Read More »

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 »