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Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

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In Beijing the modern city beyond the Imperial City’s north gate is visible under a clear sky during the period assessed, 2013-16. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culprit

May 24, 2018 — Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place. Continue reading Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, is no longer allowing the use of coal as a source of energy in a bid to limit its carbon output. Continue reading Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

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A nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France (Photo: Stefan Kühn)

While the Trump administration generally avoids discussion of climate change, it is participating in a coalition to promote “clean, reliable” nuclear power

May 23, 2018 — The US, Canada and Japan are to create a coalition aimed at promoting nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source around the world. Continue reading US launches nuclear initiative to cut carbon with Canada, Japan, UK

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

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Gore says he supports ‘all of the Canadians – including the First Nations – who are fighting to stop this destructive pipeline’. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Gore says pipeline expansion in Canada ‘would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis’

May 11, 2018 — Al Gore has thrown his support behind opponents of a contentious Canadian pipeline project and condemned the planned expansion as federal officials in Canada scramble to ensure it goes ahead. Continue reading Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

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Flooded permafrost tundra in northeast Siberia. Hydrology is a key control on methane emissions in wetland and permafrost ecosystems. Credit: Joshua Dean

Methane is generally considered secondary to carbon dioxide in its importance to climate change, but what role might methane play in the future if global temperatures continue to rise

May 11, 2018 — The greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by both natural processes and human activities. While there has been much attention paid to curbing anthropogenic emissions, a changing Continue reading Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

New technology could slash carbon emissions from aluminium production

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A worker at a conventional aluminium smelting facility in Fort William in the UK. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Development could transform how one of the world’s most common materials is made

May 10, 2018 — Technology has been unveiled that could drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions from aluminium production, in a development that could transform the way one of the world’s most common materials is made. Continue reading New technology could slash carbon emissions from aluminium production

Pollutionwatch: do face masks really prevent the ill effects of pollution

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A polluted day in Beijing in April 2018. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Scientists tested nine different masks bought from Beijing, with variable results

May 10, 2018 — We are all familiar with images of Beijing citizens wearing masks, but do they work? Scientists from Edinburgh’s Institute for Occupational Medicine tested nine different masks Continue reading Pollutionwatch: do face masks really prevent the ill effects of pollution

Fossil fuel companies should be part of UN climate process, says top Polish official

Poland’s ageing but powerful coal sector is championed by the current government (Flickr/Kris Duda)

Tomasz Chruszczow said calls to exclude organisations from talks based on a conflict of interest test were not ‘very useful’

May 3, 2018 — Poland’s climate envoy dismissed calls to keep polluters out of UN talks, ahead of a controversial negotiation in Bonn on Thursday about widening participation. Continue reading Fossil fuel companies should be part of UN climate process, says top Polish official

China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

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A series of government pledges have little or no detail on how they will be delivered, the Committee on Climate Change said.
Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change

January 17, 2018 — The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned. Continue reading UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn