pollution

Quiz of The Week: 15 - 21 August
Gavin Williamson
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Quiz of The Week: 15 - 21 August

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21 Aug 2020
Plastic pollution accumulating in human organs, study finds
Microplastic
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Plastic pollution accumulating in human organs, study finds

Scientists say the tiny particles may increase the risk of infertility and cancer
18 Aug 2020
Is lower air pollution under lockdown saving lives?
Easter snow predicted for parts of Britain
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Is lower air pollution under lockdown saving lives?

Europe-wide study says effects are equivalent to ‘everyone stopping smoking’
30 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: British environment flourishing during lockdown
Motorway, Road
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Coronavirus: British environment flourishing during lockdown

New data shows huge drop in air pollution in UK cities
2 Apr 2020
Dark Waters: is pollution threat a ‘ticking timebomb’?
Dark Waters
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Dark Waters: is pollution threat a ‘ticking timebomb’?

New Mark Ruffalo film is helping to popularise the story of PFAS pollution
26 Feb 2020
Red Sea ‘as bad for pollution as major oil nations’
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Red Sea ‘as bad for pollution as major oil nations’

Unique geographical features cause natural greenhouse gas emissions, study finds
30 Jan 2020
What are the pros and cons of fracking?
Fracking
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What are the pros and cons of fracking?

Activists warn that government may bypass fracking ban by using corrosive acid
17 Jan 2020

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Christmas jumpers fuelling pollution crisis
Christmas Jumper
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Christmas jumpers fuelling pollution crisis

Environmental charity says festive sweaters are ‘one of worst examples of fast fashion’
6 Dec 2019
Toxic foam covers one of India’s most famous beaches
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Toxic foam covers one of India’s most famous beaches

Children have been playing in ‘acrid’ white suds despite medical warnings
5 Dec 2019
Unsafe air: pollution causing kidney failure and sepsis
Pollution
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Unsafe air: pollution causing kidney failure and sepsis

Study finds pollution may be deadlier than previously thought even at low levels
28 Nov 2019
Will Indian citizens be compensated for pollution?
India pollution, Delhi
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Will Indian citizens be compensated for pollution?

Supreme Court says Indian states may be forced to pay for failing to tackle growing crisis
26 Nov 2019
How the West is poisoning Indonesia’s food chain
Indonesia, Waste, pollution
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How the West is poisoning Indonesia’s food chain

The Southeast Asian nation is burning mountains of imported plastic waste
14 Nov 2019
British city bans diesel cars
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British city bans diesel cars

Bristol will become the first UK city to drive polluting vehicles from its streets
6 Nov 2019
Minister compares Delhi to ‘gas chamber’ as crisis worsens
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Minister compares Delhi to ‘gas chamber’ as crisis worsens

Planes diverted due to thick brown smog hovering over city
4 Nov 2019
Brazil oil spill: who is responsible?
Brazil oil spill
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Brazil oil spill: who is responsible?

Leaked documents show government blames Venezuela for mystery spill that has affected more than 1,000 miles of pristine coastline
24 Oct 2019
World Car-Free Day: what is it and how is London involved?
London traffic
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World Car-Free Day: what is it and how is London involved?

Cities around the world will ban cars on Sunday to raise awareness of air pollution
19 Sep 2019
New pollution hotspot website set to push down house prices
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New pollution hotspot website set to push down house prices

Buyers encouraged to ask for major discounts in areas with dirtiest air
17 Sep 2019
Can the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050?
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Can the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050?

Theresa May makes pledge in new government plan to tackle climate change but critics say financial cost will be too great
12 Jun 2019
Government plastic ban: which products are affected?
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Government plastic ban: which products are affected?

Michael Gove will ban straws, stirrers and cotton buds in crackdown on pollution
22 May 2019
Vehicle pollution ‘causes 4m child asthma cases a year’
Air pollution
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Vehicle pollution ‘causes 4m child asthma cases a year’

Report calls for urgent government action to prevent 11,000 new cases a day
11 Apr 2019
Toxic air ‘will shorten children's lives by 20 months’
Pollution
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Toxic air ‘will shorten children's lives by 20 months’

Study finds that air pollution contributes to nearly one in every 10 deaths
3 Apr 2019
Air pollution more deadly than smoking, says report
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Air pollution more deadly than smoking, says report

Scientists found dirty air kills 8.8m people worldwide each year
13 Mar 2019
London black cabs 30 times more ‘toxic’ than cars
Taxis
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London black cabs 30 times more ‘toxic’ than cars

Sadiq Khan says ‘damning report’ on taxi pollution shows need for upcoming ULEZ
20 Dec 2018
Why 90.5% has been declared the best statistic of 2018
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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Why 90.5% has been declared the best statistic of 2018

Facts about environment, Jaffa Cakes and Kylie Jenner star in list produced by the Royal Statistical Society
18 Dec 2018
Single-use named as word of the year by Collins Dictionary
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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Single-use named as word of the year by Collins Dictionary

‘Gammon’, ‘Gaslight’, ‘Backstop’ and ‘MeToo’ all make the annual list as well
7 Nov 2018
How childhood obesity is linked to traffic pollution
The London skyline seen through layers of pollution
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How childhood obesity is linked to traffic pollution

New research suggests that babies and children exposed to toxic air gain weight faster
5 Nov 2018
How plastic particles end up in our bodies
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
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How plastic particles end up in our bodies

International study finds traces of plastics in the faeces of every human tested
23 Oct 2018
UK’s first air-cleaning bus launches
Bus, clean air, pollution
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UK’s first air-cleaning bus launches

Diesel-powered prototype will filter polluted air as it drives around Southampton
27 Sep 2018
Is air pollution making us stupider?
Air pollution
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Is air pollution making us stupider?

Effects of breathing in toxins include ‘huge reduction in intelligence’, study finds
28 Aug 2018
Why the City of London is considering a non-electric car ban
Pollution
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Why the City of London is considering a non-electric car ban

Air quality chief says the London Mayor’s current plans to cut pollution won’t go far enough
21 Aug 2018
Babies in prams ‘exposed to over twice as much pollution’
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Babies in prams ‘exposed to over twice as much pollution’

Study finds that because pollution levels are greater within 1m of ground level, infants are exposed to more of it than adults
15 Aug 2018
Are paper bags really better for the planet?
Brown paper bag
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Are paper bags really better for the planet?

Morrisons has ditched plastic produce bags for paper - but the environmental benefits are far from clear-cut
26 Jun 2018
‘Dangerous’ pollution levels land UK in court
The London skyline seen through layers of pollution
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‘Dangerous’ pollution levels land UK in court

Government referred to European Court of Justice for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution
18 May 2018
Air pollution linked to increases in crime
Air pollution has become a major social issue in China
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Air pollution linked to increases in crime

Several reports reveal how pollution affects behaviour
10 May 2018