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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WHO says Colorado air pollution caps should be much tougher

The World Health Organization says areas like Colorado's Front Range counties need stringent new air pollution limits, firing a daunting challenge at Colorado leaders already scrambling to catch up to less-onerous restrictions imposed by the EPA.

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Court challenge launched over pollution from Victoria's coal power stations

Environment Victoria has launched action against the state's environmental watchdog and brown coal power plant operators over pollution levels.
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Groups threaten to sue Yellowstone Club over claims of illegal nitrogen pollution

Two conservation groups and an environmental law firm are poised to sue the Yellowstone Club alleging the club is illegally discharging nitrogen into the South Fork of the Gallatin River.
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China just entered a major international climate agreement. Now comes the hard part

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River Wye pollution: Campaigners call on poultry firms to act

Activists have called on two major poultry suppliers to take action to protect the River Wye from pollution. The river, which flows through Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, has excessive algae growth often caused by high phosphate levels in the water.

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How everyday tasks are sources of air pollution

University of Colorado air researcher Matt Cogan spearheads a research project focused on how everyday household and personal care products contribute to air pollution. He talks about how simple tasks such as applying deodorant and cooking are sources of air pollution.

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Methane fee collides with EPA rules. 'It's very unusual'

Methane emissions are in the crosshairs of Democratic climate politics like never before, creating the prospects of a collision between the oil and gas industry and simultaneous restrictions from both Congress and EPA.
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Maryland moves to curb water pollution from chicken rendering plant

After years of complaints from its neighbors, state regulators have ordered a controversial poultry rendering plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore to curtail its pollution of a Chesapeake Bay tributary and say they will crack down on environmental violations there.

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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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At Colorado’s tight-lipped air pollution agency, a 'culture of fear' prevails

Colorado has experienced its smoggiest summer in more than a decade. But the state's air pollution regulators refuse to answer questions.
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London river 'stinks and is full of dead fish' as toxic blue substance found

Thames Water is investigating after a toxic blue substance was found in a river in South London.

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Dougray Scott: The climate crisis is a water crisis for the poorest and most vulnerable communities

If everyone had access to clean water, they would be better able to protect themselves from the destructive effects of climate change.

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Colorado will try "intensity targets" to slash emissions from oil and gas

Colorado air quality regulators will move forward with a controversial, first-in-the-nation rule to curb greenhouse gas releases from oil and gas operators based on the intensity of emissions relative to their production.

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Red tide and algae blooms: Florida waters in crisis

Florida's water pollution crisis is reaching a breaking point, and the race to pass comprehensive legislation to fix our statewide problems is moving as slow as the environmental catastrophe unfolding in our bays, rivers, natural springs, and lagoons every day.
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