pollution

Atmospheric CO2 hits a record high while emissions drop

Atmospheric CO2 hits a record high while emissions drop

New data published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a record monthly high of 417 parts per million (ppm). This two ppm
A Massive Oil Spill in the Arctic Has Turned a River Red

A Massive Oil Spill in the Arctic Has Turned a River Red

Russia declared a state of emergency after a power plant spilled 20,000 metric tons of oil and diesel fuel into a river in the Arctic Circle. The possible cause: melting permafrost due to climate
Catastrophic Diesel Fuel Spill in Siberia Prompts State of Emergency

Catastrophic Diesel Fuel Spill in Siberia Prompts State of Emergency

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel poured out of a fuel tank and into a nearby river. The spill—possibly the worst of its
Putin orders state of emergency after huge fuel spill inside Arctic Circle

Putin orders state of emergency after huge fuel spill inside Arctic Circle

President lambasts power plant owner ‘for not reporting earlier’ incident bigger than Kerch spillVladimir Putin has ordered a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into a river
Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow

Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow

Cleaner skies were a silver lining of pandemic but data indicates air quality receding as lockdowns easedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution in China has climbed
These face masks protecting against COVID-19 are biodegradable and locally-sourced

These face masks protecting against COVID-19 are biodegradable and locally-sourced

A team of researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia has developed biodegradable COVID-19 mask prototypes, made from locally sourced wood fibers and pulp. The

Aclima: Pollution data shows how much San Diego’s skies have cleared

Air pollution has fallen dramatically in San Diego, based on data collected by Aclima's fleet of fixed and mobile pollution monitors.
Covid-19 Flares Up in America's Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Covid-19 Flares Up in America's Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus.
Microplastic pollution in oceans vastly underestimated – study

Microplastic pollution in oceans vastly underestimated – study

Particles may outnumber zooplankton, which underpin marine life and regulate climateThe abundance of microplastic pollution in the oceans is likely to have been vastly underestimated, according to
Back Water: What should be classified as “wilderness” in a post-industrial world?

Back Water: What should be classified as “wilderness” in a post-industrial world?

In the middle of New Jersey exists a strange landscape of wetlands and wildlife migrations, garbage dumps and the ruins of industry, toxic waste sites and a river that tells the story of a
Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions

Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions

Responses to coronavirus crisis cause sharpest drop in carbon output since records beganSteep fall in emissions during coronavirus is no cause for celebrationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our
'People are more scared of hunger': coronavirus is just one more threat in Nigeria

'People are more scared of hunger': coronavirus is just one more threat in Nigeria

The pandemic has left many people in Orile, Lagos state, struggling for survival – and compounded the risks of the area’s heavily polluted air and water supplyAll photographs by Nurudeen OlugbadeFor
NASA backs studies on environmental effects of COVID-19 lockdowns

NASA backs studies on environmental effects of COVID-19 lockdowns

You’ve probably heard stories of skies and water clearing up while most people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how much have things improved, really? Scientists are about to rely on
Microplastics discovered blowing ashore in sea breezes

Microplastics discovered blowing ashore in sea breezes

Finding could help solve mystery of where plastic goes after it leaks into the sea Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of mismanaged waste could be blowing ashore on the ocean breeze every year, according
Ban Cruises

Ban Cruises

Some of the most horrifying coronavirus outbreaks have been on vacation cruises. As ships have acted like petri dishes for the disease, hundreds of cruise goers have gotten sick and dozens have died.
Greta Thunberg and children's group hit back at attempt to throw out climate case

Greta Thunberg and children's group hit back at attempt to throw out climate case

Brazil, France and Germany say UN can’t hear complaint against five countries of flouting child rights to clean airGreta Thunberg and a group of other children have pushed forward their legal
Gas stoves making indoor air up to five times dirtier than outdoor air, report finds

Gas stoves making indoor air up to five times dirtier than outdoor air, report finds

Gas cookers making people sick and exposing tens of millions to air pollution levels that would be illegal if they were outsideGas stoves are making people sick, contributing pollution that makes
Microplastics found in greater quantities than ever before on seabed

Microplastics found in greater quantities than ever before on seabed

Currents act as conveyor belts that concentrate microplastics in hotspots, study suggestsScientists have discovered microplastics in greater quantities than ever before on the seabed, and gathered
Air quality continues to worsen — here's how to keep your air clean at home

Air quality continues to worsen — here's how to keep your air clean at home

TL;DR: Get a better night's sleep with a Dyson air purifier on sale for $50 off at Best Buy as of April 30. The American Lung Association recently released their 2020 State of the Air report which
Link climate pledges to €26bn airline bailout, say Europe's greens

Link climate pledges to €26bn airline bailout, say Europe's greens

Environment groups insist conditions must be attached to Covid-19 rescue plan for sectorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAirlines are seeking €26bn (£22.7bn) in state aid to