Pollution

Reduce your nitrogen footprint
April 9, 2009 01:27 PM - Maureen Mackey, Examiner

Our carbon footprint is not the only impression we leave on the environment. It's time we reckoned with what a nitrogen footprint is, and especially about the role excess nitrogen plays in global warming and damage to marine ecosystems.

EPA Awards $197 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Leaks, Creating Jobs, Protecting Land and Water
April 9, 2009 09:59 AM - Environmental Protection Agency

In an effort to protect people where they live, work, and play, EPA announced the distribution of $197 million appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. EPA estimates that these funds will create or retain significant numbers of jobs and contribute to at least 1,600 cleanups around the country.

Sports Arenas Go Green
April 9, 2009 07:32 AM - Environmental Leader

Office and government buildings aren’t the only structures going green; two sports arenas — the Philips Arena and the American Airlines Arena — have met the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

EPA Is Reconsidering Dry Cleaners' Use of Cancer-Causing Chemical
April 8, 2009 05:11 PM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering whether to compel dry cleaners to phase out a cancer-causing chemical used in tens of thousands of operations nationwide, according to court documents filed late last week.

EPA Adds Nine Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund’s National Priorities List
April 8, 2009 04:46 PM - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding nine new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Also, EPA is proposing to add 13 other sites to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

Traffic pollution can harm babies in the womb, claim researchers
April 8, 2009 01:11 PM - Telegraph.co.uk

Researchers believe restricted fetal growth may be linked to traffic pollution or living close to a major road

Santa Barbara Reshifts, Now Opposing Drilling
April 8, 2009 06:15 AM - FELICITY BARRINGER, The New York Times

It seemed like a symbolic tipping point for the nation in August when, in the midst of record high gasoline prices and a presidential campaign, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors abandoned its longtime opposition to offshore oil drilling. With offshore oil drilling platforms in the distance, children played in the surf early this year in Santa Barbara County, Calif. But six months later, with oil prices less than half what they were last summer, the board met on the issue again on Tuesday and reverted to its traditional stance, approving a resolution against offshore drilling in federal waters by a 3-to-2 vote.

Ship smokestacks emit unexpected pollutants

Exhaust plumes from ships at sea emit a different mix of pollutants than previously thought, according to research recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres. The measurements indicate that compared with previous data, ship emissions contain twice as much black carbon and add more pollutants and climate-changing particulate matter to the atmosphere.

Airline group backs global emissions trading scheme
April 6, 2009 10:25 AM - David Fogarty, Rueters

Four of the world's top airlines have backed a global scheme to curb carbon emissions and hope the proposal will be included in a broader U.N. pact to fight climate change. It is the first time airline firms have banded together to make recommendations to U.N. climate change officials on how to tackle the sector's carbon emissions.

Oil Sands Could Threaten Millions of Migratory Birds
April 6, 2009 09:16 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

An anonymous tip last April alerted Canadian officials to the fact that 500 ducks had mistaken an oil sands company's pollutant-filled reservoir in Alberta as a safe place to land. To the public's dismay, only three birds survived.

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