WHO slashes guideline limits on air pollution from fossil fuels

The World Health Organization has cut its recommended limits for air pollution and urged nations to tackle dirty air and save millions of lives.

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Biodiversity

Cathedral bells ring out as New Zealand welcomes godwits after longest migration

City of Nelson welcomes arrival of migratory bird after 10,000km of non-stop flight from the Arctic.

Biodiversity

City flights: birds flocked to urban areas as Covid kept people home, study finds

Birds, and perhaps other animals too, benefitted from a respite in human activity in North America, research suggests.

Population

Genetics reveal how humans island-hopped to settle remote Pacific

Study using DNA analysis reveals not only are statues on these distant islands connected, but inhabitants too.

Hawaii to remove forbidden staircase due to ‘rampant trespassing’

The Haiku Stairs, a nearly 4,000-step trail across Oahu's Ko'olau mountain range, has drawn tourists despite being prohibited from use.

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Food

US research points to lower milk yield from cows exposed to wildfire smoke

A team at the University of Oregon has begun a three-year study looking at the effects of air quality and other stress factors on dairy cattle.

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Climate

How green is your food? Eco-labels can change the way we eat, study shows

While food labels are nothing new, a different type that calculates the environmental cost has had a surprising effect on consumers.

Justice

‘Ecofeminism is about respect’: the activist working to revolutionise west African farming

Mariama Sonko heads Nous Sommes la Solution, an ecofeminist movement of more than 500 rural women's associations in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Mali. The movement promotes sustainable agroecology and fights large-scale industrial farming.

Justice

A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean

Activists in Benton Harbor say it's been an uphill battle getting the city, county and state to take action.

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Climate

‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has said he realised just how fragile the Earth was when he looked back down at it from space, while committing $1bn to conservation projects around the world.

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Climate

Ed Davey: Britain’s energy crisis has been years in the making, thanks to the Conservatives

Tory climate sceptic backbenchers and their backers are arguing that the current energy crisis shows why we must scrap green levies and subsidies for the renewables industry.

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Toxics

Fit washing machines with filters to reduce microplastic pollution, MPs say

Washing machines should be fitted with filters to prevent microplastic fibres from clothes reaching waterways and the sea, the Women's Institute, campaigners and MPs have urged.

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Justice

Tiger trafficking: the murky world of America’s big-money big cat trade

US backyards are home to more tigers than India with experts drawing a line between the popularity of cubs as pets and the market in tiger products for traditional Chinese medicine.

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Climate

‘Climate crisis on our shores’: Mediterranean countries sign deal after summer of fires

With the catastrophic effects of this summer's unprecedented wildfires still being counted, leaders from around the Mediterranean – the European region most at risk from climate change – have vowed to intensify their efforts to tackle the challenges posed by extreme weather.

Justice

Climate crisis leaving ‘millions at risk of trafficking and slavery’

Millions of people forced to leave their homes because of severe drought and powerful cyclones are at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking over the coming decades, a new report warns.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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