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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
Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province, 18 July 2006. China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in a decade with growth of 11.3 percent in the second quarter, official data showed, exceeding expectations and possibly signaling the need for new cooling measures. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP)
Cyclists pass through thick pollution fr […]

Air pollution linked to 15 percent of coronavirus deaths: study

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions
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
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Sih Chang, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: Christoph Sator/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Si […]

Study: most plastics in European waters accumulate on sea floor

A recent study by Oceana, an environmental organization, has found that plastic waste found on the beaches is not to be compared with the amounts of plastic that land at the bottom of the ocean threatening sea life in European oceans.
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier flies over the setting sun in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH / AFP)
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier fl […]

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on June 9, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors. But with arrivals expected to be down by 70 percent this year due to the chaos brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a leap of faith for the small Mediterranean holiday island. (Photo by Etienne TORBEY / AFP)
An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsul […]

Europe’s beaches ‘steadily getting cleaner’

Water quality on Europe's beaches has steadily improved in recent years, with the vast majority boasting excellent quality, according to a new survey by the European Environment Agency (EEA)