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Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area

<b>Marylebone Road and Hyde Park Corner, both in central London, have the most polluted postcodes in Britain, says a new study on air quality.</b><p>The data comes from a project to map concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) across the country.<p>However, the results also show that large parts of Britain have …

How toxic is your car exhaust?

It's not easy to find out<p>By Tom de Castella<p>I own an old banger. My dad has a 2009 diesel. Should either of us scrap our cars for the sake of clean air?<p>I had them tested to find out which was worse. Along the way, I discovered just how dirty some new cars are.<p>I own an old banger. My dad has a 2009 …

Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe'

<b>A Nasa satellite has provided remarkable new insights on how CO2 is moved through the Earth's atmosphere.</b><p>The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) tracked the behaviour of the gas in 2015/2016 - a period when the planet experienced a major El Niño event.<p>This climate phenomenon boosts the amount of CO2 …

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

<b>Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited "anti-Israel bias".</b><p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as "brave and moral", a statement said.<p>The agency is known for designating world heritage sites …

Boeing UK contracts 'jeopardised' over Bombardier row

<b>Boeing's trade dispute with Bombardier "could jeopardise" its defence contracts with the UK government, the UK's defence secretary has warned.</b><p>Sir Michael Fallon made the comments after the US opted to impose a tax on the C-Series jet made by Bombardier.<p>The proposed 220% import tariff could threaten …

Can we create new senses for humans?

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. "Our experience of reality," says neuroscientist David Eagleman, "is …

Consciousness

Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea

<b>As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world.</b><p>The country is often …

What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?

The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact<p>Flooding is nothing new to Houston residents. Over the past five decades no other urban area in the country has experienced as many casualties and …

Before-and-after visuals of the massive flooding in Texas

Aerial photography from Aug. 30<p>New aerial imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun to reveal the extent of flooding in the area around Houston’s Addicks and Barker reservoirs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a controlled release of water into surrounding …

How Houston's layout may have made its flooding worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tropical Storm Harvey, which has flooded thousands of Houston-area homes, is serving up a hard lesson for city planners in Texas.<p>Experts say better urban design and stricter regulations might have made the deadly storm less destructive.<p>"Houston is not designed to handle this kind of …

A year in ozone over the South Pole

<b>This colourful video tracks the behaviour of the ozone layer over Antarctica across all of 2016.</b><p>It shows clearly the annual “hole” that appears above the South Pole in the austral springtime, and which last year grew to about 23 million sq km (9 million sq miles) in extent.<p>The visualisation comes …

Tales from the new Silk Road

By Carrie Gracie<br>15 July 2017<p>Prologue<p>China calls it the project of the century - a massive roll-out of Chinese-built infrastructure to remake the map of the global economy with China at its heart.<p>Some see this new Silk Road as an opportunity, others as a power grab. I travelled from China to Europe …

Gannets, puffins, kittiwakes: birds at risk in Scottish windfarm surge

After a long legal battle, 335 turbines will now be built in Scottish waters<p>In the waters of the North Sea a few miles off Scotland’s east coast, a nine-year battle has been raging that threatens a fragile and unique environmental equilibrium. The struggle has made mortal enemies of two huge …

Birds

Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China

<b>A dust storm is choking a large swathe of northern China including the capital, Beijing, in yet another air quality crisis to affect the country.</b><p>Official air quality readings have soared well above the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) limit.<p>Authorities are advising residents to avoid …

'Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

<b>One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say.</b><p>The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.<p>But tests now reveal her body contained among the highest …

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

By Chris Arsenault<p>ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation …

Farming

Interactive: Mapping the Flow of International Trade

<i>The interactive visualization you see in this post was created by data visualization expert Max Galka from the Metrocosm blog. (Also check out his</i> …

'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

<b>In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth.</b><p>That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).<p>It says that 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 …

'Healthiest hearts in the world' found

<b>The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers.</b><p>Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries - even well into old age - a study in the Lancet showed.<p>"It's an incredible population" with radically different diets and ways of …

Holistic Medicine

So I Can Breathe - BBC News

'City Flocks' sends pigeons with sensors on their backs into the sky with the aim of recording more accurate pollution forecasts.<p>7 March 2017<p>Experts warn Nigeria's health system is heading for a crisis if pollution is not tackled.<p>9 March 2017<p>Watch and listen to more stories from around the globe on …

Superblocks: Barcelona's war on cars

Can trees cut air pollution?

The World Health Organization estimates that every year, outdoor air pollution is linked to more than three million premature deaths - making it the world's greatest environmental health risk.<p>A study by Dr David Nowak, senior scientist at the US Forest Service, has shown that trees only reduce …

Boy uses backpack to map pollution hotspots

Scientists at the University of Leicester are trialling a portable air monitor to gather precise data at a personal scale.<p>Schoolboy Logan Eddy has been helping the study by carrying the device in a specially adapted backpack.<p>The results have changed his friends' habits.<p>So I Can Breathe<p>A week of …

Europe's new fascism? The far-right leaders hoping to take power in 2017

They are nationalist, anti-establishment, Eurosceptic – and delighted by Donald Trump’s victory.<p>In many European countries, outsider parties have …

Source of world's biggest pool of underwater greenhouse gas discovered by scientists

The source of the world’s biggest underwater pool of the powerful greenhouse gas methane has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean by a team of …

Waterstones under fire for secret shops

<b>Waterstones, the UK's leading bookshop chain, is on the defensive after going incognito at some of its newer stores.</b><p>The firm has opened three shops that do not feature its distinctive branding, prompting accusations of deception.<p>They are Southwold Books in Suffolk, The Rye Bookshop in East Sussex …

Scientists discover banned toxic chemicals in animals living in world's deepest ocean trench

“Extraordinary” amounts of toxic chemicals that were banned in the 1970s have been discovered in the bodies of sea creatures living at the bottom of …

Scotland eyes 50% renewable energy by 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil

SNP unveils plan encouraging motorists, homeowners and businesses to use low- or zero-carbon sources for half their energy<p>The Scottish government has taken the first steps to heavily cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas after calling for 50% of Scotland’s entire energy needs to …

Will globalisation take away your job?

<b>Millions around the globe may have taken to the streets in recent years to protest against the impact of globalisation on their jobs and communities - but this backlash is only likely to grow as globalisation itself becomes more disruptive.</b><p>The stark warning comes from Richard Baldwin, president of …

Air pollution 'very high' in England, says Defra

<b>Air pollution levels have reached "very high" or "high" in eight regions across the UK, the government has said.</b><p>Greater London, the south-east and eastern England had "very high" levels in some isolated pockets, due to high pressure and light winds, Defra said.<p>People with lung problems, adults with …