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emissions for the year to september 2018 were up 0.9% on the previous year, primarily due to a 19.7% increase in lng exports

Australia’s annual emissions continue to rise, driven by LNG production

Emissions for the year to September 2018 went up 0.9% on the previous year, according to the latest inventory, primarily due to a 19.7% increase in LNG exports, but there were also increases in stationary energy, transport, fugitives, industrial processes and waste sectors.

a girl stands near green snow in pervouralsk, russia

What Russia’s green snow reveals about the rise of pollution

A spate of incidents in Russia has grabbed internet attention. Residents of Siberian towns watched with dismay as the snow around them turned green and black, with toxic emissions forcing some to wear masks. These seem to be connected to local factories, with a chrome plant in particular behind the green snow, and, as protests gather pace, the Putin government has come under pressure.

dove lake, in tasmania’s popular cradle mountain tourist spot

Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world

Historic mining has polluted lakes with lead, copper and arsenic, including in World Heritage Area — Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining. The Australian National …

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the report estimated 352,474 metric tonnes of electronic waste is being illegally shipped from the eu to developing countries each year

UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – report

Electronic waste hazardous due to toxic parts was tracked to developing countries — The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according to a two-year investigation that tracked shipments from 10 European countries. The investigation by the environmental watchdog the Basel Action Network (BAN) put GPS …

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brexit demonstrators outside westminster in december 2018

No deal Brexit to leave UK without green watchdog for two years – report

Changes to UK environment oversight and the Irish power market will not be set by 29 March, the Institute for Government said, and a crash out will leave no time to do so — A no deal departure from the EU in March would leave Britain without oversight of key energy and environment problems until …

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fossil fuels

New US Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050

The great American fracking boom threatens to undermine efforts to avoid climate catastrophe in this century — Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening climate change, the United States is ramping up oil and gas drilling faster than any other country, threatening to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth …

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75% of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence

Growing up in dirty air ‘quadruples chances of developing depression’

Young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12 — Children who lived in areas with higher air pollution when younger are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18, according to research. In the first analysis of how common air pollutants …

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a bullet train runs on the xi'an-chengdu high-speed railway line in shaanxi province, china

Eight charts show how ‘aggressive’ railway expansion could cut emissions

Global transport emissions could peak in the 2030s if railways are “aggressively” expanded, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) — Rail is among the most efficient and lowest emitting modes of transport, according to the IEA’s new report focusing on the opportunities it offers for energy and the environment. In particular, urban and high-speed rail …

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the amount of plastic pollution is expected to treble in the next decade

‘Stop treating seas as a sewer,’ MPs urge in bid for protection treaty

Paris agreement for the sea recommended as rates of plastic pollution to skyrocket — A new global agreement to protect the seas should be a priority for the government to stop our seas becoming a “sewer”, according to a cross-party group of MPs. Plastic pollution is set to treble in the next decade, the environmental …

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taxes and charges paid by transport users cover less than half the true cost

Pollutionwatch: transport’s true cost to the environment

Our polluting behaviours are subsidised by taxes and a lowering of quality of life — The “polluter pays” principle feels like natural justice. We would all agree factory owners should be responsible for the pollution they cause. But this idea is less supported when we are the polluters and have to pay more. A European …

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