How Europe’s biggest polluters became their own regulators, says Greenpeace

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed the whole process has been captured by the coal industry, with the result that the emission limits the EU is about to agree could be extremely lax. Not only would most of the existing plants be allowed

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Smog Journeys: a short film by Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke’s short film for Greenpeace East Asia depicts the effects of air pollution in northeast China, a region frequently blanketed in dangerous levels of air pollution. ‘Smog Journeys’ traces two familes from two different backgrounds; one a mining family

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Estimated social cost of climate change too low

The economic damage caused by a ton of CO2 emissions–often referred to as the “social cost of carbon”–could actually be six times higher than the value that the United States uses to guide current energy regulations, and possibly future mitigation

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Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research by University College London (UCL) is the first to identify which reserves must not be burned if we are to keep the rise in global temperature under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all

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In pictures: China’s coal industry pollutes the Yellow River basin

China’s Yellow River – which supplies more than 50 cities and large swathes of China’s agricultural land – is being contaminated by industrial chemicals and its embankments undermined by coal mining according to a field investigation by Greenpeace China. The

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7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution

World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air

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Air pollution taking heavy toll

Outdoor air pollution – much of it from road transport, industry and energy – is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in terms of the value of lost lives and ill health,

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Pollution killed 7 million people worldwide in 2012, report finds

Air pollution claimed seven million lives around the world in 2012, according to the report of the World Health Organization. More than one-third of those deaths occurred in fast- developing nations of Asia, where rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease

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The impact of climate change on child health

Climate change has altered our environment, and with it the pattern of diseases. Unfortunately no one is more susceptible to these changes than young children. In recent years, they have had to battle an increasing number of respiratory illnesses, allergies,

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