EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

Supreme Court lets Shell off the hook in pollution cleanup
May 5, 2009 10:47 AM - Michael Doyle, Clatchy Newspapers

California will pay more and companies pay less to clean up a polluted San Joaquin Valley site under a closely watched Supreme Court decision Monday.

Farm Air Quality Talks Get Underway Amidst New Pollution Findings
May 5, 2009 09:52 AM - GreenBiz

The EPA next week will convene an Agricultural Air Quality Task Force this week in the town that, according to a new study by the American Lung Association, is among the 10 most-polluted cities in the nation.

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

How Mercury Gets into our Seafood
May 1, 2009 04:32 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known.

Major Potential CO2 Storage in the North Sea
May 1, 2009 02:35 PM - Jenny Haworth, the Scotsman

THE North Sea could store the carbon dioxide from all Europe's power stations for hundreds of years, the results of major research to be unveiled today will reveal. Porous rocks beneath the seabed of the North Sea and disused oil and gas fields could provide storage for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

American Lung Association Report on Air Quality Finds Progress, But Major Cities Show Problems
May 1, 2009 07:08 AM - Editor, ENN

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by air pollution. Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year’s report found. Fifty-eight percent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke

Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.

Report lists worst, best cities for air quality
April 29, 2009 02:53 PM - msnbc.com

Sixty percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels, despite a growing green movement and more stringent laws aimed at improving air quality, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday that also listed the healthiest and unhealthiest cities across the U.S. in terms of air quality.

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