Health and Pollution : Newsfile

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  • Ozone treaty now universally ratified

    18 September 2009

    The Montreal Protocol, a treaty to protect the ozone layer, which shields all life on Earth from deadly levels of ultra violet rays, has become the first environmental agreement to achieve universal participation by all 196 parties.

  • SUCCESS STORY: A Mexican village cleans up the plastic tide

    25 August 2009

    Globally, one billion marine animals and birds die every year from eating discarded plastics. And, according to Mexican Environment Minister Jose Luis Luege, Mexico has one of the lowest garbage recycling rates in the world. Now, one seaside town has shown that local communities can take action to turn the tide of plastic waste and help the turtles to survive.

  • 'Find real cause of flu pandemic' says Green leader

    28 April 2009

    As concern about a global pandemic of swine fever spreads around the world, questions are being asked about the causes of the virus, and the links with industrialised farming. Among those concerned is Dr Caroline Lucas, a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region and leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, who today called on governments to investigate the causes of swine flu - including the issue of farming practices.

  • Is the Nano really necessary?

    24 March 2009

    In January 2008, when the Tata 'Nano' was unveiled with much fanfare, India's Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) came out clearly against the growing trend of private motor vehicles taking over our cities. Today, CSE reiterates its position once again - that it is against all cars, and not just the Nano. Our cities don't need more cars; they need better public transport.

  • Sanitation goal needs fresh impetus

    18 November 2008

    World Toilet Day tomorrow (November 19) is a reminder that over 2.6 billion people lack any form of 'improved' sanitation; one-sixth of the world's population get their water from sources contaminated by human and animal faeces; half of all people in developing countries have an illness related to sanitation and water quality; and every six seconds, a child dies of diarrhoea.

  • Asian cities are getting dimmer

    13 November 2008

    Cities from Beijing to New Delhi are getting darker, glaciers in ranges like the Himalayas are melting faster and weather systems becoming more extreme, in part, due to the combined effects of human-made Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

  • Climate action could save Europe billions in health costs

    2 October 2008

    Health savings of up to €25 billion more than currently predicted could be achieved every year in Europe if the European Union immediately optedfor stronger climate policies, according to a new study published by health and environment NGOs.

  • Europe's largest plastic bottle recycling plant underway

    22 September 2008

    Europe's largest plastic reprocessing centre, able to handle 2 billion plastic bottles and containers each year - is now fully operational following a £14 million capital investment programme.

  • Clean up the world this weekend

    19 September 2008

    For the first time, communities worldwide taking action to protect the environment as part of the Clean Up the World Weekend, 19-21 September, have the opportunity to plot their activities using a new online mapping function.

  • Business report exposes German fridge recycling failures

    29 May 2008

    A report published in the German business magazine Capital has exposed scandalous inadequacies in the German fridge recycling industry. It says that waste refrigeration equipment containing CFCs is not only being illegally exported to countries outside the EU, it is also being disposed of in Germany in car shredders. Thomas Becker reports.