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CCC: Farming needs a ‘revolution’ for UK to meet climate goals

Greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use and agriculture sector are set to increase unless the UK’s “unsustainable” approach changes, warns the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in a report published today — “Fundamental reform” is needed to ensure the UK stores more carbon in land, says the government’s official climate advisory body. Maintaining current per-capita …

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Five years after Typhoon Haiyan, a survivor calls climate polluters to account

Marielle Bacason’s life was turned upside down by the superstorm; now she gives evidence to a London tribunal that oil companies have ignored — “As we were leaving Tacloban it reminded me of the scene from the Hunger Games. I thought: I never want to come back to this living hell again.” Marielle Bacason, 27, …

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UK is endangering people’s health by denying their right to clean air, says UN

World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis — The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s …

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EPA to unveil plans to weaken rule limiting toxic mercury pollution

The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as of yet but has finished deciding to reconsider the analysis for the Obama-era rule — The US Environmental Protection Agency next month will unveil plans to start weakening the economic justification for a rule limiting toxic mercury pollution from coal plants. The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as …

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estimates say that stubble burning contributes as much as a quarter of the air pollution in delhi

How to beat air pollution? Stop burning the fields

Instead of contributing to smog by burning stubble, farmers are learning that waste products can be turned into profit — Deep breath. Autumn in India is smog season, the worst time of year for some of the world’s most polluted cities. There’s a reason for this. In addition to everyday problems such as traffic, industry, …

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Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown

Major study also finds huge changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying Earth’s ability to feed its population — Huge reductions in meat-eating are essential to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of the food system’s impact on the environment. In western countries, beef consumption needs to fall by …

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Air pollution linked to greater risk of mouth cancer, finds study

Research in Taiwan has show a link between very high levels of air pollution and oral cancer — High levels of air pollution are linked to an increased risk of mouth cancer, new research has revealed. Scientists have previously linked high air pollution to a host of health problems, from an increased risk of dementia …

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Dumping 15m tonnes of salt at Queensland creek ‘considerable’ risk to water

Study concludes considerable likelihood waste from coal seam gas operations could contaminate Stockyard Creek in headwaters of Murray-Darling Basin — Plans to dump up to 15m tonnes of salt and other waste near a creek in drought-stricken Queensland carry a “considerable” risk of water contamination, a new study has found. Approved plans to expand a …

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UK’s children denied basic human right to clean air, says Unicef

Young people face a long term ‘health crisis’ unless the government acts to clean up pollution, says children’s charity — Children in the UK are being denied their basic human right to breathe clean air and facing a long term “health crisis” because of the toxic fumes they breathe on their way to and from …

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Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas

New research shows direct evidence that toxic air – already strongly linked to harm in unborn babies – travels through mothers’ bodies — Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Toxic air is already strongly linked to harm in foetuses but …

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