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Finland’s 100-year plan for burying nuclear waste

Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste. If all goes well, sometime

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East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on 14th Jan, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the 32 sailors were recovered. The

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Copenhagen mayor wants to phase out diesel cars: ‘it’s not a human right to pollute the air for others’

Copenhagen’s mayor proposed a ban on new diesel cars entering the city’s environmental zone, a low-emission area that basically covers the whole of the capital, as early as 2019. “It’s not a human right to pollute the air for others,”

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What is a “carbon budget”

In order to avert the most dangerous impacts of climate change, the international community has agreed that average global temperature rise should be limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6° F). Staying within this boundary requires limiting cumulative global greenhouse gas

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Saving lives and money: the potential of solar to replace coal

By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. In a new study published in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, a team from

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38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island

ne of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of

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The Dakota Access Pipeline is leaking, even before opening

“We told you so”. It’s not a nice thing to say but in the case of the Dakota Access pipeline is right. The pipeline, firmly supported by US President Donald Trump, has already leaked 300 litres of crude oil, despite

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Climate scoreboard: EU member states fail to convince with patchy 2050 plans

Only eleven EU Member States delivered a 2050 emissions reduction strategy by 2015 as required by EU law – and the strategies that were submitted vary hugely in quality. These are the findings of the EU LIFE-funded MaxiMiseR project from

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Losing the dark

Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly

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Oil and gas companies in North America less green than those in EU

Oil and gas companies in North America are lagging behind their European counterparts in cleaning up their operations, new research has found, with higher greenhouse gas emissions and less investment in clean alternatives. ExxonMobil and Chevron of the US, alongside

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