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24 October 2016 A handsome pest with a taste for aromatic plants

A lover of aromatic plants, the Rosemary beetle (Chrysolina Americana) enjoys a varied diet, including lavender. Photograph: Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images Paul Brown If you discover your favourite aromatic plants and herbs are looking chewed this autumn the culprit is almost certainly the rosemary beetle (Chrysolina Americana), an unwelcome new addition to the UK’s…

24 October 2016 The Kolkata dump that’s permanently on fire: ‘Most people die by 50’

From Kartik Dhara’s home, the trucks at the top of the garbage mountain look like the toys he sees city children playing with on his rounds of Kolkata. A garbage truck driver in the eastern Indian city, Dhara can’t afford to buy toys for his own children, but he often finds discarded ones where he…

7 October 2016 From the savannahs of Kenya to the dense forests of Nigeria, we’re working across Africa to help save precious wildlife at risk of becoming extinct

We’re acting right now to save wildlife in Africa from poaching and extinction. Each year species are pushed towards becoming extinct but in the fight for conservation we’re a force to be reckoned with. We will protect wildlife in Africa against poaching. We want to ensure that no animal is killed or forced to the…

7 October 2016 Councils failing to monitor most British schools for dangerous air pollution

FoI requests reveal ‘alarming discrepancies’ in the monitoring of particulate pollution outside schools by local authorities – despite government advice Children’s lung health is particularly vulnerable to air pollution but they are not being protected, campaigners warn. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian John Vidal

27 September 2016 Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws

Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK to bring in new laws to replace EU legislation and says Scotland must do more to prepare for global warming Annual rainfall in Scotland has increased 13% since the early 20th century. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Severin Carrell Scotland editor

27 September 2016 China tops WHO list for deadly outdoor air pollution

More than 1 million people died from dirty air in one year, according to World Health Organisation Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China’s Shandong province. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

27 September 2016 South Africa: ‘Saving endangered species is the responsibility of everyone’

Edna Bomo Molewa (right), South African minister of environmental affairs, at the Paris climate change conference last year, with China’s Xie Zhenhua and India’s Prakash Javadekar. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters Supported by Edna Bomo Molewa South African minister of environmental affairs

13 September 2016 Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

13 September 2016 UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions, says report

Kickstarting the carbon capture and storage industry with a state-backed company will deliver the clean electricity needed to meet climate targets more cheaply than Hinkley Point C, says government advisory group The UK must immediately kickstart an industry to capture and bury carbon emissions in order to save consumers billions a year from the cost…

30 August 2016 Air pollution threat hidden as research ‘presumes people are at home’: study

Previous investigations fail to reveal impact of ‘world’s largest human health threat’ because they do not account for people’s movement, researchers say Smog covers midtown Manhattan in New York, an area with high PM2.5 levels. Photograph: Adam Rountree/AP

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