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December 13, 2017
Offsetting Trump, Macron moves to 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
Paris (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Moving to fill a climate science gap in Donald Trump's America, French President Emmanuel Macron named 13 US researchers Monday to be hosted and sponsored by France to help "Make Our Planet Great Again". They were among 18 beneficiaries of a Macron-led initiative to boost climate change research in the face of Trump's rejection of the Paris Agreement to limit climate change. "I do want to thank you for being here, for your answer to this first call, your decision to move and come to Paris," the ... read more

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Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
The ocean's miniature inhabitants can shred a small plastic bag - the type used to hold groceries - into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to a news study. ... more
Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise
Tata gives hand signals for his men to drop to the rainforest floor as the searing whine of a chainsaw fades, their mission to save a critically endangered piece of paradise in the Philippines suddenly on hold. ... more
Smog should stop play, Indian doctors tell cricket bosses
Cricket organisers must take pollution into account before allowing matches to go ahead, the Indian Medical Association told the country's governing body for the sport Thursday, after a smog-plagued Test match in New Delhi. ... more
UN pledge to tackle lead poisoning too late for some victims
Irene Akinyi Odinga has lead poisoning. With no money for treatment, the young mother of two stares death in the face. ... more
World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'
The world's nations vowed Wednesday to curb plastic and chemical contamination of the air, soil, rivers and oceans, requiring a complete overhaul in the way goods are produced and consumed. ... more
Is underground transit worse for your health?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 90 percent of the 4.5 million workers in the Los Angeles area spend an average of 60 minutes each day commuting on a roadway or railway. When USC research ... more
Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. ... more
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. ... more

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UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil and air now the biggest killer, a UN conference heard Monday. ... more
Cricketers flounder in New Delhi's hazardous smog
Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers battled through hazardous smog levels in a Test match Monday as New Delhi authorities faced scathing criticism over their lack of action to combat pollution. ... more
Serious health risks from Lebanon waste burning: report
The open burning of waste in Lebanon poses serious health risks, Human Rights Watch warned in a report released on Friday, blaming decades-old, across the board government failure. ... more
UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution
Environment ministers from about 100 countries gather in Nairobi next week to issue a clarion call against air, land and water pollution blamed for some nine million deaths in 2015. ... more
99 percent of ocean microplastics could be identified with dye
The smallest microplastics in our oceans - which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful - could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by ... more
Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests
A Vietnamese court on Monday jailed a blogger for seven years for disseminating anti-state "propaganda" including articles which supported protests against a Taiwanese firm responsible for a toxic leak. ... more
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
The Lebanese divers plunge below the surface, scuba tanks on their backs and nets in hand. But what they're looking for under the ocean surface is not treasure, it's trash. ... more
Global light pollution increasing at a rate of two percent per year
Five years of advanced satellite images show that there is more artificial light at night across the globe, and that light at night is getting brighter. The rate of growth is approximately two perce ... more

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'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
Floating masses of garbage off some of the Caribbean's pristine beaches offer grim evidence of a vast and growing problem of plastic waste heedlessly dumped in the ocean, local residents, activists and experts say. ... more
Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide
They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution - but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
Oil droplets from frying pan can cause indoor air pollution
When hot oil meats a droplet of water in the frying pan, oil droplets explode in all directions. These tiny oil explosions can send droplets out of the pan and burn a person's hands and arms. ... more
'My eyes are burning': Delhi half marathon goes ahead despite smog
Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. ... more
Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy
The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy. ... more
Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules
The Delhi half marathon is to go ahead on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors after a court in the heavily polluted city refused to order a delay. ... more
'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens
India's environment minister has said the country's filthy air is no cause for alarm, claiming only "routine precautions" were needed to cope with what doctors have called a public health emergency. ... more
Interactive map shows air quality in real time across Europe
An interactive map that makes it possible to check air quality in real time across Europe, where air pollution has been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths every year, went live on Thursday. ... more
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