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The current emergency in Shanghai comes at the end of a year in which China’s environmental crisis reached a tipping point.
An influx of nitrogen-based compounds, usually from industrial agriculture, fuel exhaust and power plants, is blanketing national parks around the country, potentially disrupting their ecosystem.
The chemical Erin Brockovich fought to protect people from decades ago still plagues California water.
More mercury will be released to the atmosphere and the oceans due to wildfires and violent storms, which are more likely to occur in a climate change scenario.
Small-scale gold mining is responsible for most current mercury pollution. But overall, the largest source of the heavy metal is "legacy mercury" emitted by humans decades or centuries ago.
Thousands of dead eels have washed ashore in Southern China, though no one knows whether natural causes or pollution is to blame.
Air pollution may be responsible for more than 2 million deaths around the world each year, according to a new study. Air pollution has been linked with heart problems such as heart and lung diseases