Pollution

Are you repelled by insect repellents?
October 22, 2009 04:10 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Many people are concerned about what might be in the insect repellants they apply to their skin or clothing. To repel some mosquitoes, ticks, or other pests, we risk exposure to toxic chemicals with potential health effects. Not to worry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new Web page containing product information on certain skin-applied insect repellents. EPA’s goal is to provide the public with information on registered insect repellents and their effectiveness claims in a clear, consistent, and user-friendly format.

San Francisco Embraces Food Recycling Law
October 22, 2009 09:59 AM - Rose Raymond, NPR

Tossing food scraps in your garbage can is a crime — at least in San Francisco. A brand-new city law requires residents to discard food waste in a separate bin. It's the first program in the nation to mandate that all residents, plus businesses, restaurants and multidwelling units like apartment houses compost waste. The city then turns food refuse into compost, which is then sold to Bay Area farms and vineyards.

EU ministers plan to curb CO2 from planes, ships

European environment ministers agreed on a proposal on Wednesday to curb global emissions from planes and ships by 10 percent and 20 percent over the next decade in the fight against climate change.

Space Agencies and Google Join Forces to Track Deforestation via Satellites
October 21, 2009 01:20 PM - Vanessa L. Bourler, ENN

Space agencies around the world are teaming up with Google Inc. and the conservation organization Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to annually monitor deforestation rates using satellite imagery. This data can be used to evaluate forest carbon stocks across the globe.

Clean Diesel Program is Clear Success, Says US EPA
October 21, 2009 06:43 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The EPA says in a report to Congress that the Clean Diesel Program is working as planned. The program, funded at $50 million last year, allowed EPA to fund the purchase or retrofitting of 14,000 diesel-powered vehicles and pieces of equipment, reducing the potential for respiratory illnesses and saving money in communities nationwide.

Toyota launches new hybrid, Honda warms to electric
October 20, 2009 06:13 AM - Chang-Ran Kim and Cheon Jong-woo, Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp is ramping up its push on gasoline-electric hybrids, launching a new model in Japan and taking on up-and-coming rival Hyundai Motor Co in its Korean home market with its flagship Prius. Looking a step beyond hybrids, the head of Honda Motor Co said he was considering launching electric vehicles in the United States, Europe and Japan, indicating a shift in the strategy of Japan's No.2 car maker for zero-emission cars.

Finally, Some (Almost) Good News About Ice Sheets!
October 19, 2009 03:16 PM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN

New ground measurements made by the West Antarctic Global Positioning System (GPS) Network (WAGN) project suggest the rate of ice loss of the West Antarctic ice sheet has been slightly overestimated. The project is noteworthy because is the first time researchers have directly measured the vertical motion of the bedrock at sites across West Antarctica using the US Global Positioning System.

US Pressured to Help Fight Tropical Deforestation
October 19, 2009 11:44 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate its own climate change legislation, a chorus of politicians, businesses, environmentalists, and scientists is uniting to request that U.S. climate policy help tropical nations in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia protect their forests. Known as the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests, the group suggests that U.S. cap-and-trade legislation raise an annual $5 billion and $9 billion in public and private investments, respectively. Without forestry offsets, comparable domestic emissions reductions would cost the U.S. economy an additional $50 billion by 2020, the group estimates.

China to Move Residents Near Smelter
October 19, 2009 07:07 AM - Phyllis Xu and Lucy Hornby, Reuters

China plans to move 15,000 residents in its biggest lead smelting area away from the plants in order to allow them to keep operating, after tests showed over 1,000 children had excessive lead in their blood.

September Global Surface Temperature Second Warmest Since 1880
October 18, 2009 03:07 PM - R. Greenway, ENN

The northeast is getting snow already, and low temperatures. Does this mean global warming is a myth? Not necessarily. A new analysis of global temperatures show that the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

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