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24 09 2021 | 15:23

China foreign coal financing halt could scratch $50 billion investment

China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal…

24 09 2021 | 15:21

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Most consumers don’t pay much attention to the packaging that their purchases come in, unless it’s hard to open or the item is really over-wrapped. But packaging accounts for about 28% of U.S.…

19 09 2021 | 10:12

Cameroon: Exposure to mercury in mining town damaging health of women

Sieves in hand, soaked for hours in water, in the hope of finding some gold nuggets. In this open-pit mine, the gesture has become commonplace for gold miners in the village of Kambélé 3, located…

16 09 2021 | 12:51

Without help for oil-producing countries, net zero by 2050 is a distant dream

To meet climate targets and avoid economic collapse, countries such as Iraq need international support in the transition to clean energy  Ali Allawi is deputy prime minister and finance minister of…

09 09 2021 | 14:50

Coca-cola bottles make up 16 per cent of plastic waste on UK beaches, analysis finds

Drinks companies must play their part in tackling pollution by reducing packaging and switching to re-fill models, campaigners say. Coca-cola branded bottles remain the most common plastic litter…

06 09 2021 | 14:55

Satellite images show ‘substantial oil spill’ in Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, report says

Crews are cleaning up the slick, which spread at least 10 miles. An oil spill spanning at least 10 miles has been captured by satellite imagery in waters off the Louisiana coast. Crews are working…

03 09 2021 | 14:40

‘It’s outrageous’: Trinidadian fishers film ‘half-hearted’ oil spill clean-up

Hundreds of spills off Gulf of Paria having ‘dire’ impact on local fishing in one of the most biodiverse areas of Trinidad and Tobago. Hands masked in thick black oil, the fisher drips toxic…

02 09 2021 | 08:22

Bucking global trends to cleaner energy, Zimbabwe digs deeper into coal

Government to open more coal mines to boost power supply and jobs, but plan sparks fears over harm to wildlife and rising carbon emissions In contrast to the growing number of countries seeking to…

27 08 2021 | 15:00

Pollution damaging humans’ first line of defence against infections and toxins, review finds

The slow but rising creep of air and water pollution on human health is often overlooked Air and water pollution hinders the body’s ability to fight off infections and toxins, a new study has found…

23 08 2021 | 12:33

Toxic air pollution is affecting over 3.1 million school children across England

City Hall analysis shows 3.1 million school children are being exposed to air pollution levels exceeding World Health Organisation limits on PM2.5. School areas in London have shown to have much…

18 08 2021 | 10:50

From rubber snakes to crawdad traps: Lake Tahoe dive cleanup pulls out more than 8,000 pounds of trash

Clean Up The Lake is a nonprofit which began removing trash from lake in 2019 Colin West is standing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surveying mounds and mounds of trash, mulling over the weirdest…

07 08 2021 | 10:58

Environmental impact of bottled water ‘up to 3,500 times greater than tap water’

The impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water, scientists have found. The research is the first of its kind and examined the impact of bottled water in…

03 08 2021 | 09:52

Retirements to cut US coal plants by half of 2015 levels within 15 years

Based on already planned and announced retirements, less than half of the U.S. coal-fired power generation capacity that existed at the start of 2015 will remain online by 2035, a new S&P Global…

30 07 2021 | 11:42

Nuclear power’s reliability is dropping as extreme weather increases

A comprehensive analysis shows that warmer temperatures aren't the only threat. With extreme weather causing power failures in California and Texas, it's increasingly clear that the existing power…

29 07 2021 | 10:36

China is supporting over 50% of coal power development in largest remaining project pipelines

As finance shifts from coal, China is looking isolated as the last enabler of coal-fired power overseas. A review of coal power proposals in countries with large remaining project pipelines…

26 07 2021 | 10:29

Oil giant Shell set to appeal against ruling on carbon emissions

Company hopes to get Dutch court ruling overturned which called for it to cut emissions faster Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed that it will appeal against the landmark Dutch court ruling calling for…

26 07 2021 | 10:21

The Other Clean Nuclear Energy

And the dirty secret to why it isn’t used Nuclear energy has a bad name these days. Whilst it can provide us with carbon-neutral energy the toxic byproducts and potential risk each reactor poses…

23 07 2021 | 12:03

EU polluters seeking carbon capture as solution despite poor results

As the European Union gets serious about fighting climate change, experts are fielding more calls than ever from polluters seeking help to trap, process and store their carbon emissions. The…

21 07 2021 | 10:35

Emissions will hit record high by 2023 if green recovery fails, says IEA

Worldwide energy body warns more must be done to help developing countries give up fossil fuels Global greenhouse gas emissions are likely to rise to record levels in the next two years, as…

17 07 2021 | 09:09

Plastic pollution is nearing irreversible tipping point, experts warn.

Biodiversity loss, rising temperatures and increased toxicity for oceans and wider society if emissions continue. The world may be approaching an irreversible tipping point for plastic pollution, a…