# environment

The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brown coal from an open cast mine is pictured on October 2, 2015 in Weisweiler, western Germany. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP)
The power plant "Weisweiler" run by brow […]

Reducing air pollution ‘could prevent 50,000 EU deaths’

Limiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in Europe annually, according to a new study that calls for urgent action
Smoke rises from the Ruhleben incineration power plant behind the "Unite d'Habitation of Berlin" (Corbusierhaus), a building designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (L), which is located next to the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Smoke rises from the Ruhleben incinerati […]

Covid and pollution: intimately linked, compound threat

Lockdowns may have temporarily cleared up the skies above big cities but experts warn that air pollution remains a Covid-19 threat multiplier that will far outlast the pandemic
The Eiffel Tower in Paris pictured through a haze of air pollution from the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral on March 14, 2017. Photo: Philippe Lopez / AFP
The Eiffel Tower in Paris pictured throu […]

European air quality improves but still detrimental to health: report

Air quality has improved significantly across Europe over the past 10 years, but pollution still contributes to significant numbers of premature deaths, the European Environment Agency says
(FILES) This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. - Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported April 1, 2016. Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed -- and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years. (Photo by AFP)
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Diet trends to see 4 bn people overweight by 2050: study

More than four billion people could be overweight by 2050, with 1.5 billion of them obese, if the current global dietary trend towards processed foods continues, a new study predicts
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at […]

Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
Seagulls search for food near a sewage discharge area next to piles of plastic bottles and gallons washed away by the water on the seaside of Ouzai, south of Beirut on July 19, 2018. - Many Lebanese nationals are refraining from heading to the beach this summer after reports about high levels of pollution along the country's Mediterranean coast, despite reassurances from government officials that the beaches remain safe. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Seagulls search for food near a sewage d […]

Plastic dumped in Mediterranean ‘could double in 20 years’

Nearly 230,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean every year, a figure which could more than double by 2040, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns
Air pollution obscures the view of the London Eye in central London on April 9, 2015. Photo: Ben Fathers / AFP
Air pollution obscures the view of the L […]

Air pollution costs Europe’s cities 160bn euros a year: analysis

Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs say
The sun reflects off a stream on the dried out riverbed of La Loire river in Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, on July 30, 2020. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
The sun reflects off a stream on the dri […]

80% of Europe’s natural habitats in poor shape: report

More than 80 percent of the EU's natural habitats are in poor or bad condition and more must be done to protect them, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a report