Pollution

What lies beneath

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

Australian lead mining caused early Antarctic pollution

Was pristine once.

The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred as a result of industrial emissions more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole, scientists have discovered.

Worsening pollution in China stokes calls for coal curbs

China pollution

Air pollution in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, has reached intolerable levels and the country should aggressively cut its reliance on coal, according to the National Center for Climate...

Beijing 'barely suitable' for life as heavy pollution shrouds China's capital

China's pollution

Pollution in Beijing was stuck at unhealthy levels for the sixth straight day, prompting warnings for people to stay indoors as thick grey smog shrouded the capital a week before the annual meeting...

China steps up coal capacity even as pollution mounts

Heavy smog continued to hit northern and eastern parts of China on Thursday, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.

China approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 - six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10% of U.S.

Hot day prompts Sydney air pollution alert

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Sydneysiders are being urged to avoid the outdoors due to air pollution caused by high ozone levels.

Bushfire smoke sends pollution levels skyward again

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Peter Hannam Sydneysiders can expect another day of high smog levels as smoke from nearby bushfires blankets the city.

China tries to cut pollution in 'Beige-jing'

Beijing unveiled yet another slew of measures to curb a choking pollution problem, including limiting the number of new vehicles on the roads and closing or upgrading the facilities of 1,200...

Shanghai residents warned for seventh day about heavy pollution

Smog in China

Shanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors for at least a seventh day this month, intensifying pressure on local authorities to control the worst smog since government monitoring began...

Outdoor air pollution leading cancer cause: WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer in humans.

Dutch water resources at risk from pollution, climate change

Holland

The Netherlands, almost a fifth of which is covered by lakes, rivers and dikes, may be unable to use surface waters as a source for drinking water by 2050 due to the changing climate and contaminants.

Beijing under cloud as air pollution threat sparks emergency response

Ai Weiwei

Daryl Loo, Feiwen Rong BEIJING ordered government vehicles off the roads as part of an emergency response to ease air pollution that has smothered China's capital for the past three days, while warning the smog will...

China jails anti-pollution protesters after riot

China has sentenced 16 people to up to a year-and-a-half in prison for involvement in an environmental protest last July when a crowd of thousands ransacked government offices, the official Xinhua...

Pollution battle to save the rare pink dolphins from extinction

In a picture taken on August 19, 2011, a Chinese white dolphin or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, nicknamed the pink dolphin, swims in waters off the coast of Hong Kong. A Hong Kong conservation group said on January 14, 2012 it has set up a DNA bank for the rare Chinese white dolphin, also known as the pink dolphin, in a bid to save the mammals facing a sharp population decline.  AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SORABJI

Conservationists warned the rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, face extinction unless urgent action against pollution and other threats is taken.

Santos pollution alert as it pushes for more gas sites

Coal seam gas

Ben Cubby Polluted water appears to be leaking from an artificial lake at a troubled coal seam gas drilling site in the Pilliga Forest, in north-west NSW.

NSW government accused of altering coal pollution findings

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The NSW government changed adverse findings of a report on coal train pollution to suit its political goals, a community action group says.

No safe level of air pollution, says study

Beijing air pollution.

Long-term exposure to particulate air pollution boosts the risk of lung cancer, even at concentrations below the legal maximum, says a European study published on Wednesday.

Pollution findings prompt calls to cover coal wagons

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Peter Hannam Findings that coal trains are leading to significant increases in particulate air pollution in the Newcastle region have prompted renewed calls for rail wagons to be covered.

Abbott featherbedding pollution: Brown

Abbott.

There could be power shortages and a failure in energy investment if Opposition Leader Tony Abbott continues "featherbedding pollution", the Greens say.

Power company says river pollution to stop

Lithgow.

Josephine Tovey A POWER company has admitted polluting a river that feeds Sydney's drinking water supply with toxic metals and has agreed to stop, as part of a settlement in an environmental court case.