Pollution Control

Climate action needs to be part of city planning - urban leaders

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Samuel Mintz
People visit the beach on New Year's Day in Durban, South Africa, on January 1, 2014.
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From Durban, South Africa, to West Chester, Pennsylvania, local and municipal governments are trying to do their part to slow the advance of global climate change and adapt their communities to new climate realities, as laid out in the latest IPCC report by scientists this week. ... Read more about Climate action needs to be part of city planning - urban leaders

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Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

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Richard Denison
Although concerned about chemicals such as BPA, consumers often don't know what chemicals are present in the products they use.
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Recent spills in West Virginia and North Carolina cast a spotlight on toxic hazards in our midst. But as bad as they are, these acute incidents pale in scope compared to the chronic flow of hazardous chemicals coursing through our lives each day with little notice and minimal regulation. ... Read more about Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

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Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.
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Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.

"Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life, but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored", said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner said. ... Read more about Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

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Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutants

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Gilbert Nakweya
Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutant
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[NAIROBI] Measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in developing regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa could benefit key sectors, including health and agriculture, experts say. ... Read more about Experts urge urgent action to cut climate pollutants

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Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN

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Alister Doyle
Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN
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* Rising share of chemicals produced in emerging economies

* Poisonings among leading causes of death -UNEP ... Read more about Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 -UN

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Climate change: Arctic passes 400 parts per million milestone

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Seth Borenstein
Climate change: Arctic passes 400 parts per million milestone
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Arctic monitoring stations show carbon dioxide levels are now above 400 parts per million. Carbon dioxide is the chief climate-change gas and stays in the atmosphere for 100 years. Before the Industrial Age, carbon dioxide levels were 275 ppm.

The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. ... Read more about Climate change: Arctic passes 400 parts per million milestone

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Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko
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* Rising population, development put more in harm's way

* Policymakers urged to act in next few decades

* Less emphasis on mitigation, more on cutting risk

By David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko  

March 28 (Reuters) - A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.  ... Read more about Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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Pollution in China: Man-made and visible from space

Pollution in China: Man-made and visible from space
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 “PM2.5” seems an odd and wonky term for the blogosphere to take up, but that is precisely what has happened in China in recent weeks. It refers to the smallest solid particles in the atmosphere—those less than 2.5 microns across. Such dust can get deep into people’s lungs; far deeper than that rated as PM10. Yet until recently China’s authorities have revealed measurements only for PM10. When people realised this, an online revolt broke out. Such was the public pressure that authorities caved in, and PM2.5 data are now being published for Beijing and a handful of other cities.
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