The World Health Organisation has warned that air pollution is "getting worse".
Only 12% of residents in cities that reported on air pollution were living in areas that comply with the WHO's guidelines.
The WHO estimates that in 2012 air pollution was responsible for the deaths of 3.7 million people around the world.
Although several British cities have been named as breaching safe air quality levels, cities in countries such as India, China and Pakistan have much higher levels of pollution.
Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO's assistant director-general for family, children and women's health, said many cities were now "so enveloped in dirty air that their skylines are invisible".
London, Birmingham and Leeds are among nine British towns and cities which have come under fire for breaching safe levels of air pollution
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also named Chesterfield, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Thurrock as having problems with levels of dangerous particles called PM10s.
However some areas, including Manchester, Bournemouth and Northampton, did not provide data for levels of PM10s.
People living in polluted areas are at greater risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.
Public Health England has said that air pollution was responsible for 25,000 deaths in England in 2010.
Large areas of the sea bed are covered with human litter such as plastic bags, bottles and discarded fishing nets, scientists have discovered.
Researchers looking at samples from all over the world found that plastic was the most common litter, accounting for 41% of the waste on the seabed.
Dr Kerry Howell from Plymouth University's Marine Institute said the study showed litter was present "in all marine habitats, from beaches to the most remote and deepest parts of the oceans".
The Government is set to spend £500m to encourage more drivers to use electric cars.
Under the proposals people can get grants of up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric vehicle.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will also set out £100m of extra investment in research and development to help the UK remain at the forefront of the new technology.
Around 500 wildlife areas could be at risk from the HS2 high speed rail line, conservationists have warned.
The Wildlife Trusts called for a £130m investment to create new green areas over the length of the new line.
Among the areas affected by the new line are 43 ancient woods and nine Wilflife Trust nature reserves.
A fifth of gardeners admit to throwing snails over the fence into their neighbour's garden to get rid of them, a survey has revealed.
The poll for the Royal Horticultural Society found 80% of people will be heading into their gardens this Easter to tackle spring jobs such as weeding and mowing the lawn.
The survey of more than 1,500 people to mark National Gardening Week this week also found that good gardeners make good neighbours, with just 3% admitting to growing plants to block out their neighbours' gardens.
But while almost four fifths (78%) said they had never thrown a snail into their neighbour's garden, 22% admitted to the horticultural crime.
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The world has to move quickly "if it's serious about limiting temperature increase, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told ITV News today.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey told ITV New correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones that the report shows a very real threat, but denied that Government hasn't done enough to move towards more sustainable energy.
Today's UN report on climate change is a "stark warning" about the need to reduce carbon emissions, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told Sky News' Murnaghan programme.
The Liberal Democrat MP also said the decreasing cost of renewable energy meant decarbonising need not be overly expensive.
I agree we should be doing absolutely everything. This is a stark warning that the world is looking down the precipice if we don’t take action now. But it also says - and some good news - is that the cost of renewables, things like solar and wind, are coming down, so we can go green in an affordable way.
Massive cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions needed in the next few decades to avoid "dangerous" climate change, a major international report has warned.
It is still possible to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, the level at which it is thought dangerous impacts of climate change will be felt.
But substantial reductions in greenhouse gases will be needed, through large-scale changes to energy supplies and use, as well as curbing deforestation and planting forests.
Emissions need to be reduced by 40% to 70% on 2010 levels by the middle of the century and to near zero by 2100, to make it likely temperatures will not go above 2C, the report said.