Leo Doornbos

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Familie Recktenwald verklagt die EU

Die Recktenwalds leben auf der Insel Langeoog - und sehen sich direkt vom Klimawandel bedroht. Gemeinsam mit neun Familien aus vier EU-Staaten, Kenia …

Umwelt

Photo Updates From Kilauea: The Lava Meets the Sea

Since Kilauea volcano began its most recent eruptive activity on Hawaii's Big Island three weeks ago, the situation has evolved and worsened. More than 40 structures have been destroyed and one resident was badly injured when he was struck in the leg by a molten hunk of rock thrown from one of the …

Geology

Climate change 'will make rice less nutritious'

When scientists exposed the crop to higher levels of carbon dioxide vitamin levels fell significantly<p>Rice will become less nutritious as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, potentially jeopardising the health of the billions of people who rely on the crop as their main source of food, new …

Carbon Dioxide

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

HONOLULU (AP) — Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.<p>Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood …

Big Island (Hawaii)

Grenfell fire survivors criticise running of inquiry

Anger among some participants over curtailed tributes and plans to relocate<p>Survivors, mourners and their supporters at the Grenfell Tower inquiry have expressed their disquiet over the way the hearing is being run, which includes restrictions on what can be said in tributes, and plans to eventually …

Grenfell Tower

Replacing tower cladding will mean fewer affordable homes in coming years

UK government admits £400m to replace flammable cladding will be taken from Affordable Homes Programme<p>A £400m fund announced by Theresa May to pay for replacing combustible cladding on up to 158 social housing high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire, means fewer affordable homes will …

Housing

Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds

Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk<p>Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health …

Pollution

Revealed: majority of politicians on key EU farming panel have industry links

Most MEPs on the influential agriculture committee have business ties, new research shows, raising concerns about conflicts of interest<p>Most of the politicians on the European parliament’s influential agriculture committee have business or personal links to the farming sector they are charged with …

United Kingdom

Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing<p>New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it …

Climate

Vietnam Is A Test For What Happens When The U.S. Abandons Climate Diplomacy

The Asian country’s energy needs are growing and coal power is a tempting solution.<p>HANOI, Vietnam ― There was a time, a little over two years ago, when Ted Osius could imagine the smog clearing over this sprawling capital city, with its jungle canopy of ancient banyan trees and electrical wires …

Fossil Fuels

Ebola virus in DRC has 'potential to expand' WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Ebola virus in the DRC could spread to other countries. Congo's neighbors have started taking …

Disease

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Victim's son 'prays for death'

<b>A man whose father died in Grenfell Tower has told the inquiry into the fire he prays for death so he can join him in heaven.</b><p>Hamid Ali Jafari was moved to tears as he recalled searching for 82-year-old Ali Yawar Jafari after the blaze.<p>He added it sometimes felt his father's soul was present in his …

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell inquiry: distressing footage halts proceedings on emotional day

Inquiry suspended for 30 minutes after survivors in the audience broke down<p>Emotion overwhelmed the Grenfell Tower inquiry when about 20 survivors walked out in distress and a woman collapsed in an apparent panic attack during a video presentation about the deaths of six members of the same …

Empathy

Theresa May 'minded' to go beyond Grenfell review and ban flammable cladding

PM tells Commons she intends to go further than Hackitt report which did not recommend a ban<p>The government is “minded” to ban flammable cladding on high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, Theresa May has said.<p>The prime minister told MPs she intended to go further than the …

Grenfell Tower

Nipah virus outbreak kills 10 in India

No vaccine available for deadly infection carried by fruit bats, as 12 tested positive in southern state of Kerala.<p>A virus carried by fruit bats has killed at least 10 people in India's southern state of Kerala, health and government officials said.<p>Nipah virus, which spreads fast and has a reported …

Disease

Three Ebola patients escape quarantine in DRC, two later die: MSF

The third has been found alive and placed under observation, the medical charity says.<p>Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Mbandaka have died, the head of medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) mission in the city said.<p>The third patient …

Disease

WHO: DRC Ebola outbreak on a 'knife's edge' as urban cases rise

Efforts under way in Democratic Republic of Congo in bid to prevent Ebola outbreak spreading across borders.<p>An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo has the clear "potential to expand" as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the World Health Organization …

Disease

Hawaii Volcano's Lava Spews 'Laze' Of Toxic Gas And Glass Into The Air

Lava from the Kilauea volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii's Big Island, generating a plume of "laze" – which Hawaii County officials describe as hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles — into the air. Officials say it's one more reason to avoid the area.<p>"Health …

Geology

Fresh dangers emanate from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Molten lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano is pouring into ocean water, forming a potentially fatal toxic white cloud. Experts have warned …

Geology

Cuba plane crash: One of three survivors dies in hospital

Just three people had survived Cuba's deadliest aviation disaster in 30 years. But one of the three women has now succumbed to her injuries.<p>One of …

Cuba

Indonesia Orders Evacuations as the Volatile Mount Merapi Erupts

(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Indonesian authorities raised the alert for the volatile Mount Merapi volcano on the densely populated island of Java and …

Asia

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.<p>Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital, …

Disease

Cuba plane crash: Grettel Landrove becomes 111th victim

<b>Mexico's civil air authority has suspended a Mexican company's operations following a plane crash in which 110 people died.</b><p>Officials said in a statement on Monday that Aerolíneas Damojh is under "extraordinary verification".<p>The charter company owned the aircraft that crashed on Friday. It had …

Airplanes

U.S. pledges $8 million for Ebola outbreak in Congo

The United States has pledged to provide $8 million to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, officials said Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a $7 million commitment Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva that added to an initial …

Disease

Officials: 9 anti-pollution protesters killed in south India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police opened fire Tuesday on protesters demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant, killing nine people, officials said. Dozens more people were reportedly injured.<p>The violence came amid months of protests against the Sterlite copper smelting plant in the town of …

Tamil Nadu

EPA prevents three news organizations from attending conference on water contaminants

The Environmental Protection Agency kept three news organizations from attending a national summit on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday morning, with the agency insisting it did so because the room was full.<p>The Associated Press, CNN and E&E News were prevented from attending the first half of …

Donald Trump

London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows

Exclusive: UK capital has the most expensive public transport, third-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 cities reveals<p>London is trailing behind other major European capitals in its effort to create a clean, affordable and safe transport system, according …

Environmentalism

Hawaii volcano fills sky with acid plumes and glass shards as lava hits sea

Public warned to stay away from toxic steam cloud Lava haze – ‘laze’ – from Kilauea volcano spreads 15 miles<p>White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from the Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an …

Geology

UK’s new air pollution strategy ‘hugely disappointing’, says Labour

Consultation proposes reducing pollutants, including particulates from wood burners and ammonia from farms – but does little to tackle diesel emissions<p>A new clean air strategy published by the UK government has been criticised as “hugely disappointing” by the Labour party. Other groups said it did …

Pollution

Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank

Development of major new markets in China and reforms in Europe have provided a crucial boost as countries look at tools to cut carbon and meet their Paris climate targets<p>Global carbon markets have been revived from the brink of collapse as, after years in the doldrums, recent developments have …

Climate