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Diet may reduce farm flatulenceYahoo! News | 29 Mar 2011
A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions a study has said.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
Simon Birkett: Fighting for clean airGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2011
Simon Birkett explains why he gave up a top job at HSBC to campaign for cleaner air in London. Simon Birkett is fighting for air - of the clean variety. The 51-year-old former banker has spent the past five years campaigning against poor air quality and what he describes as the "biggest public...
How bike hire users can cut emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Serco's fleet of vehicles used to tow trailers of bikes have been involved in road accidents and create emissionsJust when Transport for London (TfL) thought the bike hire scheme provided an answer to London's carbon emissions problem, they found a snag - bikes cannot be provided without producing emissions. TfL uses Serco contractors to move hire bicycles around London, so there are enough in each dock to meet demand, while ensuring there is space for users to drop theirs off.
Man pays £145,000 to settle toxic fuel bribe caseGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
Paul Jennings had been accused of approving bribes to boost sales of toxic fuel additives. A British businessman will pay $229,000 (£145,000) to settle allegations that he authorised his company to pay multimillion-dollar bribes to Iraqi and Indonesian officials. Paul Jennings, chief executive of...
Opencast mining puts England in history's pitGuardian Unlimited | 13 Jan 2011
Scotland and Wales wisely forbid coal to be quarried within 500 metres of people's homes. Why won't England do the same? England suffers more than most nations from First Mover Syndrome. Its ancient railway system is harder to operate (let alone integrate with the rest of Europe) than most...
Europe sets fuel-efficiency target for vansReuters | 20 Dec 2010
Europe set itself new fuel-efficiency targets for vans on Monday, aiming to cut fuel bills for small businesses and curb emissions of gases blamed for climate change.
No smoke without bonfires and fireworksGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
This year, Guy Fawkes night coincided with Diwali. Wet and windy weather prevented widespread pollution problems on the 5th itself. However, on 6 November conditions were more settled in the southern half of the UK and poor dispersion of smoke from bonfires and fireworks caused London and Leicester to experience their worst air pollution for three years.
Camelford poisoning: 'water authority insisted supplies were safe'Guardian Unlimited | 01 Nov 2010
Inquest hears how water authority said there was no health risk after aluminium sulphate was dumped in wrong tank. A water authority instructed its communications centre to tell people their tap water was safe even as one customer reported that his hair was sticking together and others said the...
Special Report: The problem with phthalatesReuters | 18 Oct 2010
Imagine a child sitting in his classroom, gazing through the window at the rain. He picks up his pencil and chews distractedly on the eraser at its top. Chemicals, classed in Europe as "toxic to reproduction," dissolve in his saliva and enter his body.
River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prizeGuardian Unlimited | 12 Oct 2010
London's mighty river was declared a dead zone 50 years ago - but now it is full of life and has been rewarded for its resurgence. In the 1950s it was declared biologically dead – a heavily polluted river that was a far cry from the days when it was admired by William Wordsworth, Claude Monet and the Three Men in a Boat of Jerome K Jerome's book.
BP accused of repeated shortcuts as Obama tours GulfReuters | 14 Jun 2010
THEODORE, Ala./HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers accused BP Plc on Monday of taking risky and repeated shortcuts on its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well, while President Barack Obama pressed the energy giant to swiftly compensate victims of the worst spill in U.S. history.
Garden ponds unwittingly polluted by tap waterGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2010
British garden ponds are unwittingly being polluted by people topping them up with tap water, a survey has found.Around half of 250 ponds examined are in "poorer" condition, three in 10 are "good" and only one in 10 was rated as "excellent", said the organisers of the Big Pond Dip, Pond Conservation.
Gulf Coast bird colonies at risk from oil spillReuters | 04 May 2010
For the birds that nest in the fragile marshes, swamps and barrier islands of the U.S. Gulf Coast, the timing of a massive oil slick threatening the shore could not be worse.
Lebanon oil slick 'worst environmental disaster' in MedYahoo! News | 29 Jul 2006
The Mediterranean is threatened by its worst ever environmental disaster after Israel's bombing of a power plant in Lebanon sent thousands of tonnes of fuel gushing into the sea, the environment minister charged.
Polluted Hong Kong mulls laws on idling enginesYahoo! News | 25 Jul 2006
Hong Kong motorists may face fines for leaving their engines idling under legislation being considered to help reduce the city's worsening pollution problem, the government said.