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Air pollution now major contributor to stroke

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide. In an unprecedented survey of global risk

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Cars and trucks burn almost half of all palm oil used in Europe

An earlier analysis of a European Commission study revealed that the climate impact of biodiesel from palm oil is three times that of fossil diesel because palm expansion drives deforestation and peatland drainage in South-East Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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China air pollution crackdown to save 110,000 lives next year

More than 100,000 premature deaths in China will be avoided next year because of stringent anti-pollution policies put in place by the government, according to new study. Research by the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning and Nanjing University claims the

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Premature deaths from environmental degradation threat to global public health

Environmental degradation and pollution is estimated to cause up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually, highlighting the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new

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Europe’s problem with diesel cars

New UK government tests confirm that diesel cars produce a lot more air pollution in real-world driving when compared with the legal tests. Those sold since 2009 emitted six times more nitrogen oxides, on average. Compared with the stricter standards

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Leaders set landmark global goals for pricing carbon pollution

Six heads of state and government, two city and state leaders, and the heads of the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and the Oecd April 21th agreed on an ambitious global target for putting a price on carbon

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Cleaner air for all

Every year, more than 400.000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes

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$1tn could be wasted on ‘unneeded’ new coal plants

Almost $1tn of investment in new coal fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report. About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or

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The gas problem

Greenhouse gases are vital to life on Earth, but the growing concentration of certain gases, such as carbon dioxide, is throwing the planet’s delicate balance out of whack. NASA is on the case, studying carbon dioxide on a global scale

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India had worse air pollution than China in 2015

People in India are breathing more toxic air than people in China for the first time this century, a new analysis of Nasa satellite data has revealed. Last year China’s ‘war on pollution’ led to a record-breaking improvement in the

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