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October 20, 2017
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of firecrackers used in Diwali celebrations turns Delhi's skies a putrid yellow. Last year's unprecedented pollu ... read more

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Nestle tackles 'ocean-polluter' tag in Philippines
Global food and beverage giant Nestle vowed Tuesday to address allegations by Greenpeace that it was polluting the world's oceans with cheap plastic packaging for its Philippine products. ... more
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Dutch court to hear new case on I.Coast chemical spill
Lawyers for 100,000 victims of a 2006 toxic spill in the Ivory Coast will seek Wednesday to persuade a Dutch court to take up their class-action suit for compensation. ... more
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Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. ... more
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The British government risks sliding backwards on air quality to the detriment of human health through plans to leave the EU, a special U.N. envoy said. ... more
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UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
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