energy
Spills From Fracking Are Worse Than We Imagined

An alarming new study has identified 6,600 chemical spills related to hydraulic fracturing in just four US states over a ten year period. The finding shows that fracking is far messier than previously assumed, and that stricter safety measures need to be established and enforced. Read More >>

cars
London’s £10 Banger Tax Arrives in October

London's pressing ahead with plans to introduce its "Toxicity Charge" later this year, with the scheme adding an extra £10 to the cost of driving some older models of car into the city from October 23. Read More >>

pollution
UK Beaches Are Covered In Nurdles

Nearly three-quarters of UK beaches are bestrewn with nurdles, it turns out. Read More >>

health
UK Given Final Warning Over Urban Air Pollution

The European Commission has written to the UK and the four other stinkiest-aired countries within the EU, demanding something is done about consistently failing to meet air quality standards in some urban zones -- or else. Read More >>

health
Public Transport Users Suck up the Diesel Fumes of the Rich

A sad truth of the air quality wars has emerged from researchers at the University of Surrey, who are warning that travelling by public transport through urban areas is extremely bad for everyone's health thanks to the way buses and trains basically vacuum up all the dirty air from the cars surrounding them and... there you go. Breathe that in while you fruitlessly attempt to connect to the Wi-Fi. Read More >>

science
The Most Remote Place on the Planet Contains ‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Toxic Waste

Remember Sly Sludge, the villain from the popular 90's cartoon Captain Planet? Probably not, since he was a minor character voiced by Martin Sheen, and we’re always struggling for pop culture references here at Gizmodo. Nevertheless, the evil message of Sly Sludge — that we can’t just wish our pollution problems away — is currently destroying ecosystems at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Read More >>

health
London Plans School Doorway Shuffle to Protect Kids from Pollution

Revealing the quite horrifying fact that 360 primary schools in London are in places with air pollution the exceeds legal limits, the city's mayor has come up with a plan to do something about it -- auditing the most pollution-hit schools and reworking their layouts to minimise exposure to the nitrogen dioxide fumes coming off mummy's SUV. Read More >>

cars
Renault Accused of Cheating Emissions Tests

French prosecutors are accusing Renault of running a VW-like emissions scam, with local investigators launching an inquiry into accusations that some of the company's models are actively cheating their exhaust tests. Read More >>

pollution
Eerie Time-Lapse Shows Beijing Engulfed by a Relentless Wall of Smog

A new time-lapse taken over the course of just 20 minutes shows the mind-boggling extent of Beijing’s ongoing pollution problem. Read More >>

environment
The US Finally Admitted That Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

A new report by the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes that hydraulic fracturing is capable of contaminating drinking water at virtually every stage in the process. The admission won’t sit well with the Tories or US President-elect Donald Trump, both of whom have vowed to expand the controversial practice. Read More >>

evolution
This Mutated Fish Can Now Withstand Absurd Levels of Toxic Waste

Researchers have discovered that Atlantic killifish are now 8,000 times more resilient to high levels of toxic waste than other fish, allowing them to survive extreme levels of pollution that would normally be deadly. It sounds like an evolutionary success story, but examples like this are exceptionally rare in the animal kingdom. Read More >>

environment
Thousands of Snow Geese Die After Landing on Toxic Mining Water in Montana

Last week, thousands of snow geese died in Montana after landing on “the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine” to escape a snowstorm, the AP reported. Montana Resources, the mining company in charge of the toxic water, told the Billings Gazette that the agency won’t release the exact number until mid-week, but it estimates about 10,000 birds perished on the evening of November 28th. Read More >>

pollution
Disturbing Images Show the Extent of Delhi’s Extreme Pollution Emergency

Delhi, the capital city of India and home to 25 million residents, is in the midst of an “extreme pollution event”. In other words, the city has been overrun with smog – tons of it. Recent photographs show the extent of the problem, which is being blamed on everything from vehicle emissions and crop burning through to smoking and fireworks. Read More >>

enviroment
Dutch Create Atmospheric Hoover to Suck Up Air Pollution

A team of researchers trying to make the world better and smell less of cars has come up with an interesting idea -- vacuuming the air clean by sticking a giant hoover on the roof of a building. Read More >>

environment
Petrol Cars Handed a 50 Per Cent Pollution Leeway in Draft EU Guidelines

A new draft EU bill covering car pollution is so full of loopholes that it could allow some petrol cars to exceed pollution guidelines by as much as 50 per cent, with green MEPs saying the proposed new regulations mark a ridiculous capitulation to the auto industry. Read More >>