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#Environmental pollution

Festival-goers use a urinal on the opening day of the 19th Eurockeennes Festival in Belfort, France, on June 29, 2007. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP / File
Festival-goers use a urinal on the openi... […]

Can pee help to feed the world?

Human urine may seem like a crude way of fertilising plants in the era of industrial agriculture, but as researchers look for ways to reduce reliance on chemicals, some are growing increasingly interested in the potential of pee
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the 2020 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the ... […]

Hybrid cars’ green credentials under scrutiny

Hybrid cars are increasingly popular in the European Union as eco-conscious drivers turn away from their more polluting counterparts, but environmentalists warn they're not as green as they seem
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that industry accounts for almost 40 percent of the world's energy consumption and still overwhelming uses fossil fuels. Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP
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‘Greenwashing’ or genuine?: Behind big businesses’ climate promises

Are big companies making genuine attempts to fight global warming or simply "greenwashing" their brands to try to divert criticism? With COP26 underway analyses show much more can be done
Direct air capture uses chemical processes to strip CO2 out of the air, then recycles it for industrial use or locks it away. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP
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Climate: Removing CO2 from the air no longer optional

The big question as COP26 nears is can major economies, by 2050, reduce emissions enough to deliver a carbon neutral world? Rising up the agenda are the tools to pull CO2 straight from the air
An undated photo released by Cornish Lithium shows exploratory drilling for lithium taking place at a former mine in Redruth, Cornwall. Cornish Lithium / AFP
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Electric car lithium demand powers mining revival in UK

As the global auto sector accelerates production of electric cars, one British company is hoping to cash in from mining lithium needed to make rechargeable batteries that power the vehicles