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February 03, 2016
Volkswagen, Flint point to weakness in US environmental protections
Washington (AFP) Feb 03, 2016
Two recent scandals in the United States - one involving Volkswagen's diesel cars, the other, contaminated tap water in Flint, Michigan - appear to have little in common at first glance. But the controversies involving the German car maker's rigged exhaust systems and the beleaguered Midwest city's heavily-contaminated drinking water share a common link: Both expose shortcomings in America's environmental protections. Coming several months apart, the two scandals followed similar patterns: gov ... read more

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Benin: turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource
A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see. ... more
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Acquittals over Hungary toxic spill spark outrage
Victims of Hungary's worst ever toxic spill, which killed 10 people and injured 150 in 2010, voiced outrage after the boss of the alumina plant that caused the disaster was cleared of any wrongdoing on Thursday. ... more
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Angola's chaotic capital chokes under mountains of trash
For half an hour, the passenger boat sat stranded off the coast of Angola's seaside capital Luanda. ... more
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Acquittals over Hungary toxic spill spark outrage
Victims of Hungary's worst ever toxic spill, which killed 10 people and injured 150 in 2010, voiced outrage after the boss of the alumina plant that caused the disaster was cleared of any wrongdoing on Thursday. ... more
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Human impact has created a 'plastic planet,'
Planet Earth's oceans and lands will be buried by increasing layers of plastic waste by the mid-century due to human activity, according to research led by the University of Leicester. A new s ... more
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Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter
In November 2015, Brazil experienced an unparalleled environmental disaster. When two dams broke at an iron ore mine, a poisonous cocktail of heavy metals was sent pouring into the Rio Doce, reachin ... more
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Spain court finds captain, British insurer liable for Prestige oil spill
Spain's Supreme Court said Tuesday it had found the captain, British insurer and owner of an oil tanker that broke up off northwestern Spain in 2002 liable for one of Europe's worst environmental disasters. ... more
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Former US auto hub reeling from tainted water scandal
For months, people in Flint, Michigan - a dying industrial town in the American heartland - consumed water contaminated with lead. And the country ignored it. ... more
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Toxic chemicals found in most outdoor gear: Greenpeace
Greenpeace said Monday that hazardous chemicals were "widely present" in a range of outdoor gear it tested, from clothing and footwear to backpacks, tents and sleeping bags ... more
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Lead poisoning strikes another US town
A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed Monday in Sebring, Ohio, and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports. ... more
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Most Chinese cities fail air quality standards in 2015: Greenpeace
Nearly 300 Chinese cities failed to meet national standards for air quality last year, Greenpeace said Wednesday, despite marginal improvements in some of the worst-hit areas. ... more
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Students design 'plant backpack' to combat air pollution
Five Dutch students have hit on a unique idea to replace face masks used against air pollution, and are developing a "plant backpack" to give wearers instant fresh air. ... more
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India's smog-choked capital ends car ban trial
New Delhi on Friday wrapped up a trial of draconian driving restrictions that has taken around a million cars off the roads and seen even judges and diplomats carpool, but made little obvious difference to air quality in the world's most polluted capital. ... more
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Brazilian police charge companies in mine waste spill
Police in Brazil said Thursday they have brought criminal charges against two mining companies and seven executives over a mine waste spill that buried a village and killed 17 people. ... more
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Romania village wins protected status, blocking Canada mine plans
A Romanian village where a Canadian firm is planning a controversial open-cast goldmine has been declared a site of historical interest, granting it protection from mining activity, the culture ministry said Thursday. ... more
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India's smog-choked capital ends car ban trial
New Delhi wrapped up Friday a controversial trial of driving restrictions that took about a million cars off its roads, with arguments still raging about whether it is the right approach to cutting smog in the world's most polluted capital. ... more
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Residents fear for health in car-clogged Albanian capital
With her sick daughter in the arms, Mira Lela pushes her way through the hallway of the doctor's clinic, crowded with patients ailing from heavy pollution in Albania's capital. ... more
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Delhi court rejects challenge to car restrictions
A Delhi court on Monday rejected a legal challenge to driving restrictions aimed at reducing pollution in the smog-choked Indian capital. ... more
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Cost of cutting corners: US kids with lead poisoning
The children of Flint, Michigan, are paying the price for a cost-cutting measure that poisoned their water supply after state authorities ignored months of health warnings about the foul-smelling water. ... more
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Tens of thousands of fish moved as Paris canal gets clean-up
Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers. ... more
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Global mercury regulations to have major economic benefits for US
Mercury pollution is a global problem with local consequences: Emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources travel around the world through the atmosphere, eventually settling in oceans ... more
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Malaysia bans bauxite mining for three months amid pollution fears
Malaysia Wednesday announced a three-month ban on bauxite mining in its rural state of Pahang from mid-January amid mounting concern over hazardous dust and pollution. ... more
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India court challenges Delhi to show car ban cuts smog
An Indian court on Wednesday challenged the Delhi city government to prove that its restrictions on cars were improving air quality in the world's most polluted capital. ... more
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Bad air plagued Beijing for nearly half of 2015: report
Beijingers spent nearly half of 2015 breathing air that did not meet national standards, Chinese media reported Tuesday, as the city struggles to address a smog problem that has provoked widespread public anger. ... more
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