Why the UK’s plan to tackle air pollution is mostly hot air

Why the UK’s plan to tackle air pollution is mostly hot air

Air pollution is a growing issueAshley Cooper/Global Warming images/Alamy By Michael Le Page The UK government has today announced plans to tackle sources of air pollution, including trendy wood-burning stoves, but its Clean Air Strategy fails to address the real problem. While pollution from wood-burning stoves is a relatively new problem for the UK – they […]

A mix-up means US air pollution is way worse than thought

A mix-up means US air pollution is way worse than thought

US air is getting cleaner, but not as fast as was thoughtGeorge Frey / Bloomberg via Getty By Colin Barras Air pollution levels are falling in the US – but not as rapidly as the US Environmental Protection Agency thinks they are. The US has been reducing its emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon […]

Humid vegetation is budding as they simply stuff on the present air pollution

Humid vegetation is budding as they simply stuff on the present air pollution

Christian Ziegler/Minden Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo Every year, the amount of carbon dioxide in our air increases. This is causing dangerous climate change, but it’s also giving plants a little extra carbon to work with – and some tropical plants are turning it into flowers. “Plants can convert CO2 to energy during photosynthesis,” says Stephanie Pau at […]

As China gets tough on pollution, will its economy suffer?

As China gets tough on pollution, will its economy suffer?

LEO YAO thought he had nothing to fear from the environment ministry. Before, when its inspectors visited his cutlery factory, he says, they generated “loud thunder, little rain”. After warning him to clean up, they would, at worst, impose a negligible fine. Not so this time. In August dozens of inspectors swarmed over his workshop […]

“This Is Not A Symbolic Action” — Indigenous Protesters Occupy Oil Platforms in Radicalized Fight Against Pollution in the Amazon

“This Is Not A Symbolic Action” — Indigenous Protesters Occupy Oil Platforms in Radicalized Fight Against Pollution in the Amazon

The skiffs arrived a few hours after sundown on September 18, a dark and moonless night in the Peruvian Amazon. They landed at several points along the broad Corrientes River, which flows south over the country’s densely forested border with Ecuador. Hundreds of indigenous Achuar men, women, and children, many carrying ceremonial spears, organized into […]

Light pollution is set to double between now and 2050

Light pollution is set to double between now and 2050

Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamADB/Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan Light pollution is getting exponentially worse. The area of Earth lit by artificial lights grew by 9 per cent in four years. If that continues, the total illuminated area of the Earth will double from what it was in 2012 before 2050. The retreat is […]

China’s dreadful air pollution seems to have got a bit better

China’s dreadful air pollution seems to have got a bit better

Air pollution strikes Beijing on 6 November 2017Wu Hong/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Andy Coghlan China has taken some baby steps towards cleaning up its horrendous air pollution – but there is a long way still to go. Eastern China, especially Beijing, is notorious for its smogs, driven by the country’s rapid industrialisation. On Friday Beijing issued an […]