Congress Poised to Act to Reduce Major Source of PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

House and Senate leaders included a provision in legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration and strengthen disaster programs that will give commercial airports the option to switch to firefighting foams that do not include the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. Under current law, airports are required to use firefighting …

Costa Brews Up Nationwide Coffee Cup Recycling Scheme

Costa has officially launched its new coffee cup recycling scheme in over 2,000 stores across the UK, promising to ensure any paper coffee cup deposited by customers is recycled. The company, which first announced the move last autumn, said the new recycling collection scheme will form part of a wider …

China Limits Cars and Closes Factories in Smog Red Alert

The number of cars on roads was limited and factories were temporarily shut in some northern Chinese cities on Monday to reduce pollution during a national smog red alert. More than 700 companies stopped production in Beijing and traffic police were restricting drivers by monitoring numberplates, state media reported. In …

Finland Set to Become First Country in the World to Ban Coal

The Finnish government has announced plans to stop using coal, one of the the dirtiest fuels on the planet, by 2030. “Finland is well positioned to be among the first countries in the world to enact a law to ban coal … This will be my proposal,” Minister of Economic …

UK Has Second-Highest Number of Deaths From NO2 Pollution in Europe

The UK is second only to Italy in Europe for the highest number of annual deaths from a major air pollutant, a report has found just days after a court gave UK ministers a deadline for drawing up a stronger air quality plan. The European Environment Agency said the UK …

Beijing Bans Highly Polluting Cars During Smog Alerts

Next year, Beijing will ban highly polluting old cars from being driven whenever air-quality alerts are issued in the city or neighbouring regions, according to its environmental protection bureau. China has adopted various measures over the years to reduce the smog shrouding many of the country’s northern cities in winter, …