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10.04.2020

Air Quality Improves under Coronavirus Quarantines

Air Quality Improves under Coronavirus Quarantines

by Roee Ruttenberg Images from the European Space Agency show how pollution levels in China dropped between December 2019 and March 2020, as much of the country responded to COVID-19 and went into lockdown. Production halted, so emissions halted. It was a similar story in Italy’s industrial north, Europe’s first… »

04.12.2019

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

Protecting people’s health from climate change dangers such as heat stress, storms and tsunamis has never been more important, yet most countries are doing too little about it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. In its first global review of more than 100 countries, the UN agency found that… »

03.06.2019

Watch Out: Your Money Is Being Used to Destroy the World!

Watch Out: Your Money Is Being Used to Destroy the World!

By Baher Kamal* How governments spend taxpayers money to subsidise fossil fuels that cause deadly air pollution – A reminder to mark 5 June World Environment Day.   Perhaps the most direct way to introduce this tough issue is what the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, statedjust one week… »

02.03.2017

White House Seeks Drastic Cuts to Environmental Protection Agency

White House Seeks Drastic Cuts to Environmental Protection Agency

The White House is seeking to dramatically reduce the power of the Environmental Protection Agency, slashing dozens of programs and laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staff. The plan calls for the complete elimination of EPA programs on climate change, toxic waste cleanup, environmental justice and funding for Native Alaskan villages. »

10.09.2016

Linking Alzheimer’s to pollution, study finds ‘abundant’ toxic nanoparticles in human brains

Linking Alzheimer’s to pollution, study finds ‘abundant’ toxic nanoparticles in human brains

Toxic magnetic particles suspected of link to Alzheimer’s disease discovered in brains of people living in heavily polluted areas. by Nika Knight, staff writer for Common Dreams Toxic magnetic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in “abundant” quantities in human brains, according to a… »

19.01.2016

Air pollution killing millions, threatening global health systems

Air pollution killing millions, threatening global health systems

“We are storing up problems. These are chronic diseases that require hospital beds. The cost will be enormous.” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams The World Health Organization (WHO) over the weekend warned that skyrocketing air pollution levels are killing millions of people in thousands of cities… »

05.12.2015

WHO calls in Paris for a Climate Agreement that benefits Health

WHO calls in Paris for a Climate Agreement that benefits Health

Paris, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) called on the UN conference on climate for achieving a new binding climate agreement that takes into account among its purposes, the benefits to global public health. Representatives and experts from the WHO offered at the Le Bourget Exhibition Center,… »

10.10.2015

Report: “Systemic” overpolluting by car manufacturers

Report: “Systemic” overpolluting by car manufacturers

The Guardian has obtained data showing diesel cars from four major car manufacturers are emitting significantly more pollution on the road than in their regulatory tests. Tests conducted by the company Emissions Analytics show that models of Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi all emit far more toxic pollution than previously… »

13.06.2015

Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change

Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Invoking Yellow Peril tropes over China’s carbon footprint fails to recognise the fact its energy use is tied to our consumption, the country’s coal demand is dropping and Chinese people care more about climate than… »

24.01.2015

‘Clean air doesn’t come to those who wait’

Human Wrongs Watch By Zhang Kai* 22 January, 2015, Greenpeace — “One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual,” said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air… »

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