Health and Pollution : Newsfile

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  • East Asian pollution reaches North America

    18 March 2008

    Around 15 per cent of the pollution in the Western United States and Canada originates in East Asia, according to the first measurement by NASA using new advanced satellite sensors. The pollutants mainly come from forest fires, urban exhaust, and industrial production.

  • Opposition grows over planned Bangladesh coal mine

    10 March 2008

    Over 60 international NGOs have called on the Asian Development Bank not to support plans to build an open cast coal mine in Phulbari, North West Bangladesh. Campaigners claim it will leave people poorer, and threaten food and water security. The Bank has been considering a US$200m loan to the UK company, Global Coal Managment (GCM), to help finance the project.

  • Governments 'failing to curb death toll from tobacco'

    29 February 2008

    Only 5 per cent of the world's population is protected by comprehensive national tobacco smoke-free legislation, according to the first global analysis of the problem by the World Health Organisation. It found that governments collect 500 times more money in tobacco taxes each year than they spend on anti-tobacco efforts - a failure that could kill up a billion people in this century.

  • China boosts global war against the plastic bag

    22 January 2008

    Following restrictions on them introduced in 2007 in Hongkong, China has now introduced a ban and taxes to curb plastic bags, a blot on landscape that threatens health and causes floods. John Vidal and David Stanway of The Guardian report:

  • UK car emissions falling slowly

    8 January 2008

    Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the UK in 2007 fell by 1.4 per cent it was announced yesterday. But environmental campaigners said this was not nearly enough.

  • Economic miracle cannot last says Chinese Minister

    26 September 2007

    In an outspoken interview, published in the German magazine Der Speigel China's Deputy Minister of the Environment, Pan Yue, warned that China is facing a crisis of pollution that could soon overwhelm it, creating millions of environmental refugees.

  • New agreement reached to protect ozone layer

    23 September 2007

    Amid growing concern over the impact of hydrochlorflurocarbons (HCFCs) on the earth's ozone layer, an important agreement has been reached by governments in Montreal to tackle a problem that also threatens to speed up climate change.

  • Tar sand mining growing at huge environmental cost

    23 August 2007

    Canadian tar sands deposits hold an estimated 1.7 trillion barrels of crude oil, second in the world only to Saudi Arabia, but the devastating environmental impact of mining them far exceeds that of conventional oil, says new research to be published next month (September 2007).

  • Imported waste makes China world's largest rubbish dump

    1 April 2007

    Seemingly a winner in the global balance of trade, China is in fact struggling against an undercurrent of imported waste. The country, already laden with domestic pollution, is rapidly becoming the planet's largest garbage dump, facing a huge influx of foreign garbage.

  • Chemical cocktail in waterways raises fresh fears

    7 March 2007

    A groundbreaking study by British scientists has revealed that the combined effects of a cocktail of chemicals are affecting UK waterways to a far greater extent than previously thought. Their research unearths evidence that mixtures of chemicals are acting together to affect reproductive processes of fish.