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White storks nesting at Coto Doñana, Spain. Photo: Ian Keith via Flickr.

Thanks to EU laws and money, Coto Doñana rises from disaster

Laurence Rose

4th June 2014

Spain's Coto Doñana shows the value of EU conservation law, writes Laurence Rose, as the UK tries to get rid of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Both have proved essential to the protection and restoration of one of Europe's greatest wetlands. more...
Oil pipeline across Lago Agrio, in Ecuador's Amazon. Photo: Julien Gomba via Flickr.

Your investment in Chevron will never be safe!

Humberto Piaguaje, UDAPT

29th May 2014

Humberto Piaguaje traveled from Ecuador's rainforest to Texas to deliver this Open Letter from Texaco's victims to Chevron-Texaco shareholders. Chevron is refusing to pay multi-billion dollar damages awarded to those suffering from its pollution. more...
White Rot Mushroom, Trametes versicolor. Photo: Luke Detwiler via Flickr.

Fungi clean contaminated soils

The Ecologist

22nd May 2014

A new system for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial toxins harnesses the power of White rot - a common fungus that decays fallen wood in forests. Research in Finland shows it can also destroy dioxins and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. more...
Pump Jack in Kern County, California. Photo: Vlasta Juricek via Flickr.

EPA - we demand oil and gas well pollution limits!

The Ecologist

16th May 2014

Sixty-four environmental and community groups have filed a petition to the EPA demanding federal limits on toxic air pollution from oil and gas wells which threaten the health of 150 million Americans. more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...
Is this how people living near fracking well will have to live? Photo via Tumblr.com.

Shale gas and public health - the whitewash exposed

Paul Mobbs

6th May 2014

Public Health England is guilty of gross scientific misconduct, writes Paul Mobbs, for its apparently deliberate whitewashing of the public health impacts of fracking. But it's all part of a pattern of maladministration that reaches to the heart of government. more...
European Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) near a waterfall in the Carpathian mountains. Photo: Irene Mei via Flickr.

Meet the dipper - our canary in the coal mine for polluted rivers

Steve Ormerod

21st May 2014

Hormone-disrupting pollutants in the urban rivers of South Wales are having adverse effects on the health and development of wild birds such as dippers, writes Steve Ormerod. Could this humble bird be the 'new canary' for environmental toxins? more...
'The Phoenix Flowers' by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership. Photo: Dave Morris Source: Contemporist.

Greening London's motorways

Marco Picardi

22nd May 2014

Elevated urban highways epitomise the dark side of vehicular mobility - polluting, visually brutal, noisy, and contributing to local 'heat islands', writes Marco Picardi. So let's re-engineer them for people and create imaginative urban spaces we can all enjoy! more...
Fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon. US Coast Guard / handout / EPA.

Four years after Deepwater Horizon: has offshore safety improved?

Jacqueline Lang Weaver

23rd April 2014

In the four years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout there's been a lot of regulatory activity, writes Jacqueline Lang Weaver. Yet the regulatory framework today is weak, complex, under-funded, industry dominated - and it's uncertain that the Gulf of Mexico is really any safer than in 2010. more...
Port Pirie, South Australia: the lights at the city's vast smelting plant are pretty, but not the lead contamination. Photo: Imre Hillenbrand www.universalfocus.com.au, CC BY-ND.

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead. more...
Sandstorm at sunset in the Sahara - Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia. Photo: Kirk K via Flickr.com.

England's smog - Saharan sand is the least of our problems

Rob MacKenzie

3rd March 2014

As England chokes in Level 10 smog, Rob MacKenzie says we shouldn't worry too much about headline-grabbing sand from the Sahara. Far more insidious and damaging to health are the fumes from our own cars and lorries. more...
Lake Atitlan in 2009. Photo: Wojtek Ogrodowczyk via Flickr.com.

Reviving Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán

Anna-Claire Bevan for Tico Times

2nd April 2014

The limpid beauty of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán has long been a magnet for dreamers, mystics and hippies. But now the Lake is suffering from sewage and farm pollution. Anna-Claire Bevan reports on efforts to clean Lake Atitlán and restore its ecological health. more...

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Enbridge's ruptured pipeline near the River Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2010. Photo: NRDC.

Vermont stands against the tar sands pipeline

Meg Berlin

31st March 2014

A 62-year old pipeline across New England could be used to carry hazardous tar sand crude oil from Canada to the Atlantic, writes Meg Berlin. But communities across Vermont are campaigning to block the project that imperils waters, people and wildlife ... more...
Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Kim Eun Yeul / World Bank via Flickr.com. Photo ID: KY-EG002.

WHO: air pollution killing 7 million a year

Aaron Cantú

29th March 2014

Air pollution has become a leading cause of premature mortality worldwide, causing 1 in 8 premature deaths in 2012 - from transport, industry, energy generation and smoky indoor cooking fires. Aaron Cantú reports on WHO's grim findings. more...
Balcombe fracking protest, 18th August 2013. Photo: Beth Granter via Flickr.com.

Fracking - why are human rights being ignored?

Damien Short, Karen Hulme & Steffen Böhm

25th March 2014

On the final day of the trial of Caroline Lucas and other anti-fracking protestors, we ask - what about human rights? Entirely neglected by the government in its desperate drive to frack, they ought to trump all other policy considerations. more...
Tree losing its leaves in the Beijing smog. Photo:  Philip McMaster via Flickr.com.

Beijing's $5bn tree project - will it cut pollution?

Jun Yang

16th March 2014

Beijing is to plant trees over an area 200 times the size of Central Park in the city's latest effort to neutralise its choking pollution. But Jun Yang asks - how much will the trees really help, unless accompanied by drastic reductions in emissions? more...
London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! more...
Air pollution at Vado Ligure. Photo: Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons.

Italy: Police close down deadly power station

DeSmogBlog

16th March 2014

A coal-fired power station in Italy that has caused an estimated 442 deaths has been closed down following a court order. A case of corporate manslaughter is under investigation. more...
The solution to the UK's air pollution is clear - more walking, cycling, public transport, and less traffic. Photo: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, by Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Pollution - EU takes UK to court

The Ecologist

5th March 2014

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for persistent air pollution problems - specifically its failure to cut toxic oxides of nitrogen, known as 'NOx'. more...
A rainy day in Berezniki. Photo: Andrew Giba via Flickr.com/

Chemfest and collapse in the heart of Russia

Ola Cichowlas

2nd March 2014

As Russia looks like extending its dominion into Crimea and East Ukraine, Ola Cichowlas finds that Vladimir Putin cares rather less about the the heart of Russia itself - places like Berezniki, the country's very own chemical alley. more...
Mother and baby - both vulnerable to even moderate levels of air pollution. Photo:  Kaushal Vaidya via Flickr.com.

Moderate air pollution damages mothers' and babies' health

The Ecologist

21st February 2014

Air pollution can damage the health of pregnant women and their children - even if the pollution is within permitted limits, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Among the risks, diabetes. more...
Champa from Dibulganj Village, is suffering from Tuberculosis. Photo: Sarah Stirk.

India's coal inferno

Sarah Stirk

28th January 2014

India's planned power expansion depends overwhelmingly on coal, with over a hundred huge new generation units planned by 2030. Sarah Stirk reports on the nightmare the dash for coal is bringing to once peaceful rural communities. more...
Polluted air over London, autumn 2012. Photo: shirokazan via Flickr.com.

EU promises to act on Europe's toxic air

Matthew Ledbury

21st December 2013

Air quality is back on Europe's political agenda with new proposals put forward by the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potočnik. But do the plans go far enough? Matthew Ledbury reports. more...
Almost every junction in India's sprawling cities seems to have it's own heap of festering rubbish. Photo:  George Tzilaris / Creative Commons 2.0.

India - buried under stinking rubbish heaps

Almudena Serpis

17th December 2013

Under the 'Incredible India' brand lurk millions of fast-growing piles of decomposing waste, reports Almudena Serpis. As they await removal, polluting waters and stinking under the tropical sun, India is rapidy becoming the world's biggest rubbish dump. more...
Shanghai at sunset seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. Wikimedia commons / Suicup.

Shanghai's 'airpocalypse': can China fix its deadly pollution?

Matthew Currell

13th December 2013

Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution. Last week fine particulate levels reached almost 20 times WHO guidelines, and they are still at dangerous levels. Matthew Currell reports on China's pollution crisis. more...

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