Health and Pollution : Newsfile

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  • Call for an end to destructive mining in the Philippines

    19 February 2007

    Mining in the Philippines has left over 800 abandoned mines littered throughout the countryside, caused massive environmental damage and has been linked to serious human rights abuses, according to a new international report.

  • Beijing gives priority to buses

    8 February 2007

    In an effort to cut private car use and promote pubic transport, the Chinese government will provide a total of 1.3 billion yuan (US$167 million) this year to help Beijing's bus companies reduce fares to only 1 yuan (US$0.13) per ride.

  • New call for global mercury ban

    18 January 2007

    More than one in six women involved in a small-scale study in 21 countries has a level of mercury above a widely-accepted recommended safety dose, according to a report by the "Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury" campaign.

  • World's top ten polluted places

    23 October 2006

    A US environmental action group has named the world's 10 most polluted places on the planet.

  • Air pollution kills 2 million every year

    16 October 2006

    Air pollution in cities across the world is causing some two million premature deaths every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, urging nations to adopt stricter air pollution standards.

  • Ozone loss reaches new record

    12 October 2006

    The loss of ozone over Antarctica reached a new record in 2006, scientists with the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced.

  • UN to help pinpoint Lebanon's pollution hot spots

    2 October 2006

  • UK Conservatives make U-turn on chemicals.

    2 October 2006

    The leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron, has made a dramatic change in Conservative policy with a commitment to protect people and the environment from harmful man-made chemicals.

  • Residual CFCs are a ticking 'time bomb'

    28 September 2006

    The Montreal Protocol - the first global climate protection treaty - was signed 19 years ago this week , on 16 September 1987. The agreement is regarded as a major breakthrough in the fight to protect the earth's ozone layer and the anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol is celebrated each year on 'International Ozone Day'. But despite this success, industry experts say that an enormous threat is still posed to the ozone layer by the residual CFCs still present in many products. These ticking 'time bombs' need to be dealt with properly, they warn.

  • Pesticide levels in Indian soft drinks still too high

    3 August 2006

    Three years ago we reported on the findings of a study in India which revealed high levels of pesticide in soft drinks. Now a new investigation reveals that, despite the public outcry and official concern, little has been done to improve matters, says the Centre for Science and Environment in this report.