Pollution

Santa Barbara County panel OKs offshore oil drilling
August 27, 2008 11:39 AM - LA Times

A divided Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in support of offshore drilling, after an impassioned daylong hearing in which this year's record gas prices trumped the memory of a disastrous oil spill.

World Water Week demands halt to food wastage

Scientists and experts from around the world have warned that global food wastage must be halved by 2025 to meet the challenges of feeding the rapidly-growing population and preserving global water supplies.

Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy
August 26, 2008 09:40 AM - USDA/Agricultural Research Service

A new "green" technology developed cooperatively by scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Carolina State University (NC State) could lead to production of hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Drinking Water of 41 Million Americans Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals
August 26, 2008 09:08 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine.

Wasted Food Is Also Wasted Water

The world's growing food crisis -- which triggered riots and demonstrations in over 30 developing nations early this year -- is being aggravated primarily by wastage and overconsumption. "Obesity is a much bigger problem than undernourishment," said Professor Jan Lundqvist of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Does Congestion Pricing Reduce Traffic Congestion and Pollution?
August 22, 2008 08:42 AM - EarthTalk

Despite increasing green awareness and steadily rising gasoline prices, Americans and other denizens of the developed world—not to mention millions of new Chinese and Indian drivers hitting the road every week—are loath to give up the freedom and privacy of their personal automobiles.

U.S. says states can lift emission monitoring bar
August 21, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court on Tuesday overturned a rule that prevented state and local authorities from raising emissions monitoring requirements for polluting units such as chemical plants and oil refineries. Regulatory body Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had added a rule to the existing Clean Air Act in 1990 that prevented authorities from adding to monitoring requirements.

Lead wheel weights to be phased out in California by end of 2009
August 21, 2008 09:45 AM - LA Times

Lead wheel weights, widely used to balance vehicle tires but considered a threat to drinking water, will be phased out in California by the end of next year under a court settlement approved Wednesday.

Japan to offer incentives on clean diesel cars
August 21, 2008 09:33 AM - Reuters

Japan is looking to introduce incentives for consumers buying clean diesel cars starting next fiscal year in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a government official said on Thursday. Details including the credit amount will be firmed up by the end of the year with an eye to implementing the incentives from next April, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

Ivory Coast's forgotten acrid waste
August 21, 2008 09:06 AM - BBC

A red triangle with a skull and cross bones symbol gives the first indication that this area on the outskirts of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan is no rural idyll. Women may use their heads to carry wood back home while men snooze in the shade of the trees, but a slight odour hangs in the air.

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