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20 01 2021 | 21:04

Bill Gates is accused of hypocrisy after joining bidding war to buy the world's largest private jet operator - one month before he releases his book preaching about climate change.

Bill Gates has been accused of hypocrisy after entering a bid to buy the world's largest private jet operator, just one month before he releases a book preaching about climate change.  The Microsoft…

20 01 2021 | 09:48

'Loophole' will let UK continue to ship plastic waste to poorer countries.

Post-Brexit regulation doesn’t match new EU rules to tackle ocean pollution, despite UK being Europe’s largest plastic waste producer The UK has been accused of failing to honour its promise to curb…

20 01 2021 | 09:25

Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren’t keeping up.

It’s hard to imagine navigating modern life without a mobile phone in hand. Computers, tablets and smartphones have transformed how we communicate, work, learn, share news and entertain ourselves.…

20 01 2021 | 08:19

Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling.

Call for world leaders to act in wake of French extradition case that turned on environmental concerns. Air pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to…

20 01 2021 | 07:49

Africa’s electricity generation will double by 2030, fossil fuel to be dominant – Research.

Fossil fuel is expected to dominate Africa’s energy mix by the end of the decade. A new research from the University of Oxford has predicted that the total electricity generation across the African…

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…