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Environment

EU seeks plastic cutlery ban to combat ocean pollution

European Commission seeks ban on items such as plastic cotton buds and cutlery in an effort to combat ocean pollution.

European Commission unveils proposal for single-use plastics ban

Earthrise

Winds of change: Eco-cremation in India and green power on Samso

A look at how communities in India and Denmark have adjusted their way of living, turning it into a greener alternative.

European Union

The hidden costs of coal in Romania

Biggest coal company wants more time to implement EU pollution standards as pressure for energy transition grows.

The hidden costs of coal in Romania

101 East

Indonesia's Most Polluted River

101 East investigates the human cost of one of the world's most polluted rivers, the Citarum in Indonesia.

Pollution

Polluted air kills seven million people each year: WHO

In total, 90 percent of people around the world are breathing polluted air, which kills about seven million annually.

Gap in air quality between rich and poorer countries increases

Inside Story

How do we solve the plastic catastrophe?

Forty companies in the UK have pledged to reduce plastic waste over the next seven years.

Latin America

How light pollution undermines search for other planets

We know all about the pollution of our water, air, and soil, but how much have you thought about light pollution?

Europe

Scientists test plastic-eating enzyme in bid to fight pollution

It is a world first in an effort to find a solution for the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year.

Philippines

Philippines to temporarily shut down tourist island

Boracay's closure ordered by President Duterte after he was outraged by environmental violations.

Philippines to shut down tourist island Boracay for six months

Environment

A breath of fresh air: Artist turns smog into jewellery

Poland is home to 33 of Europe’s 50 most polluted cities and a Dutch artist has come up with an innovative solution.

Breath of fresh air: How a Dutch artist turns smog into jewellery

Environment

Species worldwide in decline as result of human activity

Over the coming decades, climate change will worsen the loss of biodiversity even more, the report warned.

Species worldwide in decline as result of human activity

Pollution

Huge plastic pile in Pacific much larger than believed

Accumulation of plastic waste in Pacific is bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined, according to a new study.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch much larger than believed

Environment

Scientists investigate unexplored Antarctic sea floor

A group of scientists on board a Greenpeace expedition ship are trying to discover whether plastic pollution has reached the remote waters of the Antarctic.

101 East

The Pacific's Nuclear Timebomb

101 East investigates if the legacy of America's nuclear bomb testing is the poisoning of the Pacific Ocean.

China

Beijing issues first major smog warning of winter

First major pollution event of the winter takes hold in China’s capital.

'Orange' alert issued as smog engulfs Beijing