Air pollution may increase the risk of developing dementia

This is an observational study and, as such, the findings cannot be used to establish a cause-effect relationship — but it does raise some important questions.

California to launch its “own damn satellite” to monitor air pollution, climate change

Go Cali, go!

Nine streets in London ban diesel and gasoline cars in “pioneering” ultra-low emission scheme

An intriguing policy.

Contact lenses break down into microplastics — so don’t flush them down!

Just throw them in the trash if you don’t want them on your plate later on.

Nanoparticle treatment developed to scrub water clean of oil pollution

Nobody likes oil in their water.

Scientists manage to keep proteins ‘alive’ outside cells

The discovery paves the way for advanced materials that have the same functionality as living organisms.

How a design and culture revolution could help us tackle our plastic problem

It’s not a simple problem and it doesn’t have a simple answer — but here’s what we can do.

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.