Madrid could become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone

Regions likely new president Isabel Daz Ayuso believes congestion is part of citys cultural identity Madrid may be about to become the first European city to scrap a major urban low-emissions zone after regional polls left a rightwing politician who views 3am traffic jams as part of the citys cultural identity on who is expected to become the new Popular party (PP) president of the Madrid region, believes night-time congestion makes the city special and has pledged to reverse a project known as Madrid Central, which has dramatically cut urban pollution. The PPs mayor-in-waiting, Jos Luis Martnez-Almeida, under whose remit the scheme falls, told El Pais: I do not think [traffic jams] are a reason for enjoyment but it is …

Pesticides explained: the toxic chemicals in up to 70% of produce

Studies have linked long-term health issues, while regulators insist breaches of safe limits are rare What are pesticides? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines pesticides as any chemical substance used to regulate, prevent or destroy plants or pests usually insects, rodents or microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria or that acts as a nitrogen stabilizer in soil. Q&A Why the Guardian is launching a major reader-funded project on the toxicity of modern life Show Hide Carcinogenic chemicals in your furniture, and drinking water. Welcome to Toxic America a Guardian project which will explore the health implications of living in an environment that can expose all of us to chemical contamination on a daily basis through the air we breathe, the …

The EPA is meant to protect us. The Monsanto trials proves it isn’t | Nathan Donley and Carey Gillam

Three public trials involving Monsanto have raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency Ever since Monsanto introduced its line of Roundup weedkillers to the world in 1974, the products have been touted by the company and regulators as extremely safe. The corporate secrets in three public trials has revealed a covert campaign to cover-up the pesticides risks and raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting public health. Two recently concluded Roundup product liability never conducted epidemiology studies for Roundup and its other formulations made with the active ingredient glyphosate, to see if the products could lead …

Instagram’s Newest Star Is … a Tree?

In recent days an Instagram post about planting trees has been making its way, like the darkest of dark horses, up the list of most liked posts in the platform’s history. As of this writing, it’s tallied 14.3 million likes, more than Justin Bieber’s engagement photo with Hailey Baldwin, and more than any picture Kylie Jenner has ever posted of her daughter, other than her first photo. (Duh—look at that tiny well-manicured hand!) The Great Instagram Tree Post of 2019 currently sits in fifth place, just behind a picture Selena Gomez took with her friends. The meteoric post is from the eco-friendly apparel company Tentree. Peppered with a healthy helping of tree emoji, it promises that for “every TEN LIKES …

Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England’s land

The long read: Multi-million pound corporations with complex structures have purchased the very ground we walk on and we are only just beginning to discover the damage it is doing to Britain Despite owning 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of land, managing a property portfolio worth 2.3bn and having control over huge swaths of central Manchester and Liverpool, very few people have heard of a company named Peel Holdings. It owns the Manchester Ship Canal. It built the Trafford Centre shopping complex and, more recently, sold it in the largest single property acquisition in Britains history. It was the developer behind the MediaCityUK site in Salford, to which the BBC and ITV have relocated many of their operations in recent years. …

Can the US’s unsafe water crisis unite Americans? | George Goehl

Urban or rural, Republican or Democrat, we all want clean water and the battles over Flint, Michigan, and the Dakota Access pipeline have resonated across the US I was a teenager in southern Indiana when news broke that Westinghouse Electric had dumped polychlorinated biphenyls at multiple sites across Monroe county, contaminating our communitys water supply. It was an early lesson not to take clean water for granted in America. Every day, millions of Americans wake up and drink tap water that is unsafe. According to one study, up to at least 33 major US cities have skirted water quality testing in much the same vein as Flint and the state of Michigan. People throughout the country are more Sign up …

By 2080, Tropical Diseases Could Be Headed to Alaska

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Nearly a billion people could be newly at risk of tropical diseases like dengue fever and Zika as climate change shifts the range of mosquitoes, according to a new study. Since the life cycle of mosquitoes is temperature sensitive, scientists have long been concerned about how their prevalence might spread as the world continues to warm. The study is one of the first to examine in detail how that might happen by using an overlap of two disease-carrying mosquitoes’ range and projected monthly temperature changes under a variety of future warming scenarios. In the most extreme scenario of more than 4 degrees …

Air pollution deaths are double previous estimates, finds research

Researchers say dirty air is killing 800,000 people a year in Europe, and urge the phasing out of fossil fuel burning The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates, according to research, meaning toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking. The scientists used new data to estimate that nearly 800,000 people die prematurely each year in Europe because of dirty air, and that each life is cut short by an average of more than two years. The health damage caused by air pollution in Europe is higher than the global average. Its dense population and poor air results in exposure that is among the highest in the world. The new research, Graph of …