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15 01 2021 | 10:13

Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic.

Polyester fibres that injure marine life were found in sea water across region. The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic…

11 01 2021 | 14:04

Jenrick criticised over decision not to block new Cumbria coal mine.

Environmental campaigners say failure to call in West Cumbria Mining planning application ‘jaw-dropping’ Environmental campaigners and a local MP have criticised the government’s “jaw-dropping”…

10 01 2021 | 10:50

Alaska judge sides with Trump and allows sale of Arctic refuge drilling rights in 11th hour decision.

Conservation groups say it is a last-minute push by the Trump administration to help secure drilling rights for oil companies before the president leaves office in two weeks. The Trump …

10 01 2021 | 10:45

Lethal Levels of Radiation Found in Damaged Fukushima Reactor, Impacting its Shutdown.

In what Japanese regulators on Wednesday called an "extremely serious" development, lethal levels of radiation have been recorded inside the damaged reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear…

10 01 2021 | 10:29

Trump administration pollution rule strikes final blow against environment.

EPA rule will require release of raw data from scientific studies Critics fear compromising personal details and health benefits The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last…

03 01 2021 | 09:15

Is nuclear fusion the answer to the climate crisis?

Promising new studies suggest the long elusive technology may be capable of producing electricity for the grid by the end of the decade. If all goes as planned, the US will eliminate all greenhouse…

03 01 2021 | 08:54

EU Bans Exporting Unsorted Plastic Waste to Poorer Countries.

The European Union's executive branch on Tuesday announced new rules for plastic waste shipments—including a ban on some exports to poorer countries—that will take effect on January 1 as part of the…

03 01 2021 | 08:52

Pollution is affecting the pandemic, not the other way around.

This material first appeared in The Climate Barometer, our weekly email newsletter covering climate and environmental issues.

01 01 2021 | 14:39

Pollution killed nearly 1.7m people in India in 2019 – study.

Lancet report finds that toxic air caused rise in lung cancer, stroke and other diseases. Pollution accounted for nearly 1.7m premature deaths in India in 2019, or 18% of all deaths, according to a…

30 12 2020 | 12:18

Global rich must cut their carbon footprint 97% to stave off climate change, UN says.

This year's economic shutdowns have done little to reduce the world's carbon emissions. While pollution has dipped, greenhouse gases keep accumulating in the atmosphere, locking in future decades of…

27 12 2020 | 07:52

From Alaska to Florida, Harmful PFAS Compounds Pollute Water at Multiple Sites in Every State.

Tom Kennedy learned about the long-term contamination of his family's drinking water about two months after he was told that his breast cancer had metastasized to his brain and was terminal.

27 12 2020 | 07:35

Young Champions Of The Earth: Lefteris Arapakis - Fishing for plastic.

Lefteris Arapakis comes from a long line of fishers. For five generations his family has plied the bountiful waters off southern Greece, netting the same cod and red mulls that have sustained Greeks…

27 12 2020 | 07:28

Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal.

WASHINGTON — In the waning days of the 116th Congress, lawmakers have authorized $35 billion in spending on wind, solar and other clean power sources while curtailing the use of a potent planet-…

27 12 2020 | 07:09

Wood burners triple harmful indoor air pollution, study finds.

Wood burners triple the level of harmful pollution particles inside homes and should be sold with a health warning, says scientists, who also advise that they should not be used around elderly people…

27 12 2020 | 07:02

Federal resources minister insists inquiry into banks' decision to abandon thermal coal will go ahead.

Committee has delayed decision after some Liberals criticised proposal but Keith Pitt says it should ‘do its job’. The federal resources minister, Keith Pitt, has warned parliament’s joint standing…

23 12 2020 | 13:34

Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies.

Health impact is unknown but scientists say particles may cause long-term damage to foetuses. Microplastic particles have been revealed in the placentas of unborn babies for the first time, which…

20 12 2020 | 07:13

China and India fail to set ambitious new climate targets at key talks.

China’s new emissions target for 2030 is an ‘incremental step forward’, an analyst says The leaders of China and India failed to set ambitious new climate targets at a key summit co-hosted by the UK…

19 12 2020 | 11:12

Call for energy giant AGL to face criminal charges over coal ash spill.

Conservationists allege company has breached its environmental licence 52 times at its NSW Bayswater power station site in the past five years Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, AGL, will…

17 12 2020 | 12:06

Discarded masks infecting oceans as side effect of Covid pandemic.

'Significant portion’ of billions of masks and gloves used each month end up in seas. The pale blue of a mask is easy to spot among the dry-brown reeds.

15 12 2020 | 08:16

The end of coal? Why investors aren't buying the myth of the industry's 'renaissance'.

At the world’s biggest coal export port in Newcastle, no China-bound ships are waiting or scheduled to load before Christmas Three years ago, pictures of bulk carriers queued off the coast of Mackay…