Global pollution killing nine million people a year

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths a year worldwide, with the UK having one of the worst records of pollution deaths in Europe. A damning new report from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health reveals pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature deaths, responsible for 16% of all deaths […]

Calls to cancel killer coal in Asia to save 50k lives

Cancelling new coal plants in Asia could save 50,000 lives a year. According to new research from the University of Harvard and Greenpeace, the death toll from coal pollutants could rise from the current annual figure of 20,000 to 70,000 by 2030 if plants being planned or built in South East Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan go […]

Air pollution blamed for 7 million early deaths

New estimates from the World Health Organization suggest 7 million premature deaths a year are because of air pollution. That’s one in eight of total global deaths, more than double previous estimates, according to the UN’s public health arm. It claims air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk and that reducing air pollution […]

China coal mine deaths drop – to 1,049

The number of people who died after accidents in Chinese coal mines dropped to 1,049 last year. The death toll is down 24% from 2012 according to statistics released by authorities over the weekend. In 2012 there were 1,384 deaths and in 2011 that figure was 1,973. Officials said this showed safety in coal mining […]

Nuclear power has ‘saved millions of lives’

Researchers claim that nuclear power has saved nearly two million lives by cutting out fossil fuels. In a new report NASA scientists Pushker A. Kharecha and James E. Hansen calculate an average of 1.84 million human deaths were prevented by world nuclear power production from 1971-2009. The research which was published in the Environmental Science […]

‘Eighty dead’ in Algeria gas field attack

The death toll after the Algeria gas field siege has mounted to 80 according to reports today, with British, American, Japanese, French, Norwegian, Filipino and Romanian workers reported dead or missing alongside militant casualties. Three Britons were killed during the hostage crisis at BP’s gas field in Algeria (pictured) while a further three British nationals […]