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Russia to probe environmental impact of Lake Baikal bottling plant

Dmitry Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 promised a government inspection of a water-bottling plant under construction at Lake Baikal that has raised environmental concerns. Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev Construction of the plant began this year on the south-western shore of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume. Over 880,000 people have signed a ...

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Urgent action needed to tackle chemical pollution, says UN

Chemical pollution

Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimise the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies, according to a UN report released on Monday, March 11, 2019. Chemical pollution The second “Global Chemicals Outlook”, presented during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, finds that the ...

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Group seeks review of remediation techniques for Ogoni cleanup

Ogoniland cleanup

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), has appealed to the Federal Government to revisit the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland to facilitate speedy cleanup and remediation of the land. Ogoniland cleanup Mr Kolawole Banwo, CISLAC Programme Manager on Environment and Conservation of Nature, who made the appeal at a Media Engagement with newsmen ...

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Germany increases subsidies for electric buses to €300 million

Electric bus

Germany is providing an additional €180 million for the purchase of electric buses in public transport in cities that exceed the annual mean limit value for nitrogen dioxide. Other funds can also help transport companies from other cities. Thus, for the years to 2022 a total of around €300 million have been allocated. Electric bus Environment Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, said: “More ...

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Greepeace kicks as Total makes South Africa oil and gas discovery

South Africa oil drill

Total’s announcement on Thursday, February 7, 2019 that it has made a significant gas condensate discovery 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa has been attracting criticisms from environmentalists. According to Greenpeace, deep sea drilling is far too risky, and the possibility for an oil spill always exists The Brulpadda well (“Bullfrog well”) – located off the shore of Mossel Bay ...

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Nedbank, Standard Bank, FirstRand pull out of funding South Africa’s coal plants


Three commercial banks – Nedbank, Standard Bank, FirstRand – have reportedly withdrawn funding of two proposed coal-fired power stations in South Africa. A power plant fired by coal This leaves Absa and DBSA as the remaining South African commercial banks that have not yet withdrawn from funding the Thabametsi and Khanyisa projects. Nedbank, for instance, says the move fits with ...

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Study to determine source of Delhi’s air pollution launched

New Delhi pollution

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in association with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the leading instrumentation company Horiba, Ltd has launched a pilot study on real time source apportionment of PM2.5 (particulate matter below 2,5 micron in size) in Delhi-NCR. The objective of the study is to identify the signature of various sources of pollution and ...

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Environmentalist wants religious bodies, communities involved in Niger Delta clean-up

Oil spill pollution

The Secretary-General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) in the UK, Mr Martin Palmer, has said that religious bodies and communities should be involved in cleaning-up of the Niger Delta environment. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil Palmer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was appropriate for religious bodies and ...

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Polluted transportation increases respiratory ailments in Nigeria – Physician

Cars Pollution

A respiratory physician, Dr Olufunke Adeyeye, says the transportation system in Nigeria has increased fumes and pollution of the air. Cars cause a lot of air pollution According to the consultant, the respiratory problems of Nigerians, including cough and difficulty in breathing, are due to pollution from the exhausts of vehicles. Adeyeye, who works at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, ...

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London Underground pollution 30 times higher than busy roads – Report

London Underground

A new report has found that spending one hour on the tube is more toxic than spending all day on above ground in ambient London air. The London Underground The latest figures from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants show that the London Underground suffers from poor air quality, compared to others, because of its age and ...

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