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A quarter of deaths caused by environmental degradation, says UN

A new United Nations report warns that pollution and global warming are causing millions more deaths than conflicts. The UN's environment agency has …

Advocates: Maryland omitted key pollution measure in air-quality report

Maryland officials left a key pollution measure out of a glowing assessment released this month of the state’s compliance with federal air-quality standards.<p>An annual report from the state Department of the Environment touted Maryland’s progress in meeting federal guidelines for air pollutants such …

Fossil Fuels

Farming is 'single biggest cause' of worst air pollution in Europe

Nitrogen compounds from fertilisers and animal waste drifting over industrial regions is combining to form fine particulate pollution, report finds<p>Farming is the biggest single cause of the worst air pollution in Europe, a new study has found, as nitrogen compounds from fertilisers and animal waste …

Pollution

Boris's remarks on 'buried' air pollution report leave unanswered questions

London’s former mayor says he knew about the report showing deprived schools were disproportionately affected by air pollution, so why wasn’t it made public?<p>The former mayor of London’s response to claims he buried a report on how toxic air disproportionately affects deprived schools was trademark …

Pollution

Four of the world’s worst-ranked cities for air quality are in Nigeria

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that four of the world’s 20 worst-ranked cities for air quality are in Nigeria (at least among cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants that monitor their air quality).<p>Onitsha, a densely-populated commercial center in Nigeria’s east, had the …

Pollution

Farms Cause More Pollution Than You Might Think

It's more than just cow poop.<p>It's not just factories that belch nasty pollutants into the atmosphere. Crop fields and cow pastures are major polluters too.<p>New research from Columbia University’s Earth Institute shows that farms are the biggest contributors to fine particle air pollution in much of …

The biggest source of air pollution near you might be coming from farms

A new study published this week sheds light on the degree to which agriculture impacts air pollution levels. The researchers show emissions from …

We can't fight climate change without tackling agriculture emissions

When it comes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, we generally think of the usual suspects: fossil fuel-powered electrical generating …

China's latest idea for cleaning up air pollution could be horrible for climate change

China's biggest cities are choking on smog and air pollution caused by nearby coal plants, and residents are fed up. One way to fix this is to switch over to cleaner energy sources (solar, wind, nuclear, or even natural gas), which has the added benefit of cutting carbon-dioxide output from the …

World's carbon dioxide concentration teetering on the point of no return

The world is hurtling towards an era when global concentrations of carbon dioxide never again dip below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone, as two important measuring stations sit on the point of no return.<p>The news comes as one important atmospheric measuring station at Cape Grim in …

Climate Change