Heavy air pollution caused by haze and dust particles in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, has surged to 60 times above safe levels, crossing the “hazardous” level, in which the entire population is likely to experience adverse health effects.
Moves to introduce stringent regulations for Australian fuels have been excluded from the government’s most recent consultation paper in favor of cheaper options that would result in more damage to the environment and public health.
Pollution and climate change both threaten our health as individuals and our survival as a species. Their mutual relationship may seem straightforward: Since the industrial revolution, thick smoke belching from chimneys and cars has contributed to both warming the planet and clouding our streets in equal measure.
Leading high street coffee chains have been urged to come clean about the amount of plastic waste they produce after they refused to release details about the number of throwaway cups sold in their shops.