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Mongolians urge UN attention to air pollution in capital

Ulan Bator

Mongolians are lodging an online petition for the attention of the United Nations regarding the heavy air pollution in Ulan Bator, the country’s capital, having gathered some 36,500 signatures within about 36 hours. The appeal of “Death from Smog in Mongolia #HumanRights’’ was initiated more than 40 hours ago by an Ulan Bator resident who called himself Bat-Enkh. It was ...

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Government urged to make progress in Ogoni clean-up

King Baridam Suanu

The Paramount Ruler in Khana Local Government Area in Rivers State, King Baridam Suanu, has urged the Federal Government to make visible progress in implementing the Ogoni clean-up project. Suanu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The paramount ruler, however, commended the ...

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DBSA challenged to distance self from Thabametsi coal plant project

Ahmed Mokgopo

A group of activists from different organisations on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 took to the streets outside the Westin Hotel in Cape Town where the South African Energy Week is taking place to protest the DBSA’s plans to fund the Thabametsi coal plant in Lephalale. Plans for the Thabametsi plant and for new coal development in South Africa are said ...

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Carbon emissions level from buildings skyrockets – UN

Nick Nuttall

Heat-trapping emissions from buildings and construction appear to have peaked at a global level, the United Nations said on Friday, December 7, 2018. This is a trend that could encourage countries to take up the issue more aggressively as a way of curbing climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions have been attributed to buildings levelled off over 2015-2017. However, they still ...

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India’s polluted air claimed 1.2m lives in 2017, says report

Delhi pollution

India’s toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in the Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday, December 6, 2018. More than 51 per cent of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than 70, said the study conducted by academics and scientists ...

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1 million lives could be saved annually by meeting Paris climate goals- WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 said the lives of 1 million people around the world could be saved each year by 2050 if the goals for reducing air pollution in the Paris accord were adhered to. The report, released at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, underlined the effects that pollution-producing human ...

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Microplastics contaminate deepest part of world’s ocean – Study

Plastic pollution

The deepest part of the world’s ocean and its hadal bottom waters have been polluted by microplastics, according to a study published in Geochemical Perspectives Letters on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Millions of metric tonnes of plastics are produced annually and transported from land to the oceans. Finding the fate of the plastic debris will help define the impacts of ...

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Beijing issues yellow alert for heavy air pollution

Beijing

Beijing issued a yellow alert on Friday, November 30, 2018 for heavy air pollution as a round of smog will hit the city at the weekend, local authorities have said. “A series of m easures will be taken from Saturday, including the suspension of a number of outdoor construction operations. “The restriction of heavy-polluting vehicles, and the production halt or ...

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China pollution cover-ups tagged ‘extremely stupid’

China pollution

Attempts by Chinese companies and local governments to conceal pollution violations are “extremely stupid” and will not succeed, China’s environment ministry said on Friday, November 30, 2018 after a spate of cover-ups in the country. Now in the fifth year of its war on pollution, China has struggled to enforce its environmental laws and Beijing wants market regulators, graft watchdogs, ...

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Pollution: Society seeks legislation on environmental degradation

Prof. Peters Etete

The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) has appealed to the National Assembly to enact law that would curb unwholesome activities of oil companies about environmental degradation. Prof. Peters Etete, the National President of the society, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Abuja. He spoke on sidelines of the ...

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