As China continues to reduce its emissions, scientists call for “cautious optimism”

It’s good news, just not *very* good news.

Air pollution seems to promote diabetes — even at officially ‘safe’ pollution levels

Don’t breathe too hard.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is leaking a lot of methane — again

The emissions total around 13 million metric tons.

Study weighs environmental costs of producing animal proteins so you know what to buy

Now you know exactly what your purchases do.

Banning plastic bags: Chile becomes the first country in the Americas to opt for a ban

Despite some city and state-wide measures, no other country in the Americas has banned plastic bags.

European Union sues six of its countries over air pollution

These are steps in the right direction.

Average atmospheric CO2 levels last month were the highest we’ve ever recorded, ever

Yikes.

Arctic sea ice chock-full of microplastics, with over 12,000 particles per litre of ice

It should basically be called Arctic sea plastic by now.

Roughly 95% of people live in areas with ‘unsafe’ levels of air pollution

Don’t breathe too hard.

Efforts to fight plastic pollution are working: Fewer plastic bags found around UK waters

Taxing plastic bags or coffee cups works — and the rest of the world should follow suit.

There are vast quantities of mercury in the permafrost. With global warming, it’s now seeping away

Another problem caused by climate change.

EPA ends important Clean Air policy, fulfilling request of fossil fuel lobby

Strike another win for the bad guys.

Europe’s microwave ovens release as much CO2 as 6.8 million cars

That’s a lot of CO2.

How dirty, soot-covered birds can track down pollution over a whole century

Back in the day when Chicago and Pittsburg were the world’s Beijing and New Delhi.

Dusty solar panels slash power output by over 35%, study reveales

It’s called “clean” energy for a reason.

Scientists find blocks of polystyrene at the North Pole

The Arctic is screwed.

The devastating state of ocean pollution in one depressing photo

The author wishes this photo ‘didn’t exist’.

More problems in Texas — Chemical plants start leaking after Harvey

Everything is bigger in Texas — floods and pollution included.

Air pollution wrecks our DNA, makes us more susceptible to heart failure

If you’re expecting, taking some time to visit some more pristine areas of the world might do wonders to your baby’s health in the long run.

Rush hour pollution might be much worse than we thought, new study concludes

Stuck in traffic? I’ve got some bad news…