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Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard
Nuclear experts have said there was no evidence to suggest the leak posed a significant hazard to human health or the environment. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

Greenpeace calls for investigation after levels of ruthenium-106 in atmosphere near Urals site found to be 986 times norm

November 21, 2017 — A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russia’s meteorological Continue reading Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

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The EU wants companies to design plastic products with reuse in mind to try and cut back on waste. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable

October 6, 2017 — The EU has ruled out penalties on single-use plastic products, in favour of raising public awareness of the damage consumer plastics are doing to the world’s oceans. Continue reading EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

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Global warming made this summer’s heatwave in Europe 10 times more likely, say researchers. Photograph: Nuno Veiga/EPA

Without action to tackle global warming, deadly summer temperatures of 40°C in Europe could be normal by 2050

September 27, 2017 — The scorching temperatures across Europe’s Mediterranean nations this summer were made at least 10 times more likely by climate change, according to scientists. Continue reading Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

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The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Photograph: Michael Heim/Alamy

Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted

September 6, 2017 — Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Continue reading Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

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A German protester wears a mask reading ‘Diesel-Abgase toeten’ (Diesel emission kills) in Berlin.
Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor doubles funds set aside to improve air quality to avert court-enforced diesel ban and backlash from motorists

September 5, 2017 — With less than three weeks until the German elections, pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to tackle the deadly smog in a large number of cities or face a court-enforced Continue reading Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

climate change is likely to see an increased reliance on air conditioners in southern europe
Climate change is likely to see an increased reliance on air conditioners in southern Europe. Photograph: AKP Photos/Alamy

Study predicts power consumption to rise with hotter temperatures, increasing need for renewable sources, while northern Europe’s demand may fall

August 28, 2017 — Demand for electricity is set to soar in southern Europe as climate change takes hold, research has revealed, with the effect likely to be down to a boom in the use of air conditioning. Continue reading Electricity demand in southern Europe to soar with air con – scientists

Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was ‘cleanest fossil fuel’

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Flames flare up when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas at a site in North Dakota, US. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Dutch advertising watchdog’s ruling prompts company to change line to ‘least polluting fossil fuel’ as campaigners welcome action over ‘misleading’ ad

August 14, 2017 — The Dutch advertising watchdog will on Tuesday censure Shell and Exxon for claiming that natural gas was “the cleanest of all fossil fuels” in an advert earlier this year. Continue reading Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was ‘cleanest fossil fuel’

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives, trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

TRIPOLI, Libya (Aug. 6, 2017) — Libya’s coastguard intercepted 137 migrants including 5 women and 3 children on Sunday, August 6, as they attempted to reach Europe, a migration official told Agence France-Presse. Continue reading Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

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A tourist shelters from the sun near the Colosseum in Rome. Italy is gripped by drought as the summer heat continues with no sign of rain. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Half of capital’s 3 million residents could have water switched off for eight hours a day after Italy’s driest spring for 60 years

July 24, 2017 — More than a million residents of Rome are facing water rationing for up to eight hours a day as the prolonged heatwave that has ravaged southern Europe takes its toll on the Italian capital. Continue reading Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000