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End coal mining in the UK, environmentalists urge government

Environmentalists have written to ministers, asking them to reform the planning system so that all future coal mines are automatically refused — Environmentalists have urged the government to kill off new coal mines in the UK, by reforming the planning system to block their development. Friends of the Earth, along with the RSPB, WWF and …

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environmental noise

Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year

From heart disease to type 2 diabetes, noise is having dire effects on people’s health. So who is most at risk, what can be done about it – and can you protect yourself? — Shortly after I sat down to read up on the auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on health in the Lancet, …

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e-waste

Deluge of electronic waste turning Thailand into ‘world’s rubbish dump’

Thailand has been swamped by waste from the west after Chinese ban on imports — At a deserted factory outside Bangkok, skyscrapers made from vast blocks of crushed printers, Xbox components and TVs tower over black rivers of smashed-up computer screens. This is a tiny fraction of the estimated 50m tonnes of electronic waste created …

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Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life

Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures — The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may have had a lasting impact upon even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found – amid warnings that the oceans around America are …

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plastic straws

Last straw for McDonald’s, Burger King as Mumbai bans single-use plastics

The rules prohibit the use of disposable plastic items such as bags, cutlery, cups and bottles under a certain size in Mumbai — (MUMBAI, India) Burger King, McDonald’s and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, an official said Tuesday, June 26. …

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Pollutionwatch: let’s rate exhaust fumes as also a lethal road risk

Vision Zero is a plan that rejects road accident deaths as ‘acceptable’. Is it time we called for zero tolerance of deaths from traffic pollution? — The programme Vision Zero refuses to view the continued deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents as an acceptable fact. Like safety in the workplace, risks need to be …

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Cross-party MPs say government is dragging feet on air pollution

Calls by joint inquiry to bring forward UK car sales ban have been resisted by government — The government has been accused of dragging its feet on air quality improvements by a cross-party group of MPs. A partnership of four committees said serious concerns remained about the UK’s commitment to cutting pollution and its impact …

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activists

Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, …

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toxic chemicals

Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report. A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to …

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