Health and Pollution : Newsfile

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  • Cancer now main cause of death in China

    26 May 2011

    Cancer is now the leading cause of death in China. Data from the Chinese Ministry of Health reveals that cancer is implicated in close to a quarter of all deaths countrywide. Most striking is the high incidence of cancer in rural areas, as a result of widespread pollution.

  • Kenya leads way to greener fuel in East Africa

    20 February 2011

    In a move that is set to improve air quality and reduce vehicle emissions across East Africa, Kenya has officially launched its transition to low-sulphur diesel.

  • Fertilizers and plastics are poisoning the oceans, says UN

    17 February 2011

    Massive amounts of phosphorus - a valuable fertilizer needed to feed a growing global population - are being lost to the oceans as result of inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater, according to a new UN report.

  • Plastics: a new toxic time bomb?

    17 February 2011

    The  need for more intensified research on the impact of plastics entering the oceans is highlighted in the newly published UN Environment Programme's 2011 Year Book.

  • 'Hungary must lead drive to defuse East Europe's toxic time bombs'

    12 October 2010

    As efforts continue to prevent a further spill from a toxic reservoir near the Danube, WWF has called on Hungary, as president-elect of the EU, to mount a major push to reduce the large stockpiles of poorly maintained mining wastes across eastern Europe. 

  • Developing countries face surge in e-waste

    24 February 2010

    Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years.

  • Shell can improve impacts in Niger Delta, says report

    17 February 2010

    As Shell faces a lawsuit in the Netherlands over alleged oil pollution in Nigeria, a new report published this week argues that the oil giant can and should take both prompt and longer-term action to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of its operations in the Niger Delta.

  • Russia to reopen polluting Baikal papermill

    22 January 2010

    Russia has opted to reopen a notoriously polluting paper mill on Lake Baikal, reversing long-time protections to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Plastic toys in India 'can damage children's health'

    20 January 2010

    Plastic toys being sold in India can seriously jeopardise the health of children playing with them, as they may contain an extremely toxic chemical, says a recent study.

  • Action call for UK's 'failing rivers'

    22 September 2009

    Just five of the 6,000 rivers in England and Wales remain in pristine condition, according to new figures published today - all in remote areas of Northumberland and Wales.