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Climate action could prevent one million air pollution-related deaths

Cars Pollution

New research from C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the New Climate Institute shows that climate action, such as doubling bus network coverage and frequency in cities, could prevent the premature deaths of over one million people per year from air pollution and traffic accidents. The report, titled “Climate Opportunity: More Jobs; Better Health; ...

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Expert seeks stakeholders’ collaboration over gas flare-out procedure

Ibe Kachikwu

President, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Mr Dada Thomas, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 urged stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to collaborate to find a lasting solution to gas flaring in the country. Thomas said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, while reacting to the 2019 deadline set by the Federal Government ...

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Google launches Street View cars to map air pollution

Google Maps Street View car

Google, in partnership with Aclima, has announced its new Street View global launch to map air pollution. The global expansion will start with 50 cars in Houston, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia. The Google Maps Street View cars will be equipped with Aclima’s sensor node which will generate snapshots of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, among others, which can ...

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EU report blames poor air quality for 400,000 yearly deaths

vehicular pollution

Air pollution causes more than 400,000 premature deaths across Europe annually, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. EU action on improving air quality is falling short on implementation, monitoring and enforcement, the report added. These shortfalls have major human and economic repercussions, including about 400,000 premature deaths a year, according to a new ECA ...

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4.5tr cigarette butts thrown away yearly – Studies

Cigarette butts

The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) says cigarette butts have become the most discarded waste item worldwide, with some 4.5 trillion thrown away each year, representing £1.69 billion of toxic trash annually. WHO-FCTC said various studies indicated that this was compounded and accelerated as bans on indoor smoking took effect in many of the world’s cities and ...

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30,000 tonnes of microplastics enter environment yearly – Study

Plastic pollution

The Fraunhofer Society, a German research organisation, says some 330,000 tonnes of microplastics are entering the environment each year. According to a study released on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, researchers said the largest contributor of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic that do not break down for many years and damage the bodies and tissues that absorb them – is the tyre ...

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Privatising the oceans through pollution

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the ecological think tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), speaking at the Sustainability Academy (with the theme “Extractives, Oceans and Fisheries”) on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, laments the spate at which oceans are being polluted It has become common knowledge that by ...

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Air pollution linked to mental decline

Air pollution

Shocking new research suggests air pollution has a serious impact on mental capabilities as well as physical health in human beings. High levels of pollution can trigger a decrease in language and arithmetic skills – with the average impact of ‘dirty air’ equivalent to losing a year in education. The United Nations has blamed air pollution for seven million deaths worldwide each ...

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Hundreds evacuated as forest fire sends smoke over Berlin

Hundreds of people were on Friday, August 24, 2018 evacuated from their homes as about 600 firefighters battled a blaze in a forest strewn with unexploded ammunition south of Berlin. A pall of acrid smoke hung over the city. Attempts to fight the fire were complicated by the presence of the ammunition thought to date from the Soviet Army’s activities ...

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Oil spill: We’re making progress in Aghoro, Odimodi clean-up – Shell

Oil spill pollution

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) says it has recovered over 95 percent of spilled oil from the recent spill incidents on sections of the Trans Ramos Pipeline (TRP) in Aghoro community, Bayelsa State, and in Odimodi community in Delta State. The pipeline, which has remained shut-in since the incidents, supplies crude to the SPDC Joint Venture-owned Forcados Oil ...

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