Pollution

U.S. finds water polluted near gas-drilling sites
August 27, 2009 04:51 PM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

U.S. government scientists have for the first time found chemical contaminants in drinking water wells near natural gas drilling operations, fueling concern that a gas-extraction technique is endangering the health of people who live close to drilling rigs.

Atrazine in US Drinking Water Found Widespread
August 26, 2009 06:39 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A widely used pesticide known to impact wildlife development and, potentially, human health has contaminated watersheds and drinking water throughout much of the United States, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Banned by the European Union, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in U.S. waters and is a known endocrine disruptor, which means that it affects human and animal hormones.

The Key to Safe Subsurface Storage of CO2
August 25, 2009 01:34 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Oil exploration and production technology may hold the key to secure CO2 storage, a report published by the CO2 Capture Project (CCP) today highlights. The report provides a definitive treatment of the CO2 storage subsurface technical issues and how oil and gas experience technology and protocols are available now to address them.

Europe's air quality improving, data shows
August 25, 2009 10:16 AM - EurActiv.com

Although levels of major air pollutants continued to decline in the EU in 2007, the residential and road transport sectors are becoming increasingly significant sources of pollution, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Friday (21 August).

Bacteria Desalinate Water, Generate Power
August 25, 2009 10:11 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

Bacteria can be used to turn dirty salt water into electricity and drinkable water, according to new research from scientists at Penn State University and Tsinghua University

Signaling Pathway Ensures That Plants Remember To Flower

Why do some plants blossom even when days are short and gray?

Farmers Care About Trees Too
August 24, 2009 06:41 AM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

Almost half of the world's farmland has at least 10 percent tree cover, according to a study on Monday indicating that farmers are far less destructive to carbon-storing forests than previously believed. "The area revealed in this study is twice the size of the Amazon, and shows that farmers are protecting and planting trees spontaneously," Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, said in a statement.

Brazil Says, Return to Sender
August 22, 2009 10:35 AM - Farah Master, Reuters

A ship laden with British containers suspected of containing toxic waste illegally exported to Brazil arrived back in the UK on Friday. Brazilian health authorities say the shipment, supposedly recyclable waste, was in fact full of condoms, syringes and human waste.

China Closes Smelter After 1300 Children Are Sickened
August 21, 2009 05:34 PM - World Digest: Washington Post

China has closed down a manganese smelter in the southern province of Hunan after more than 1,300 children living near it were found to suffer from lead poisoning, state media said Thursday, in the third metal contamination scandal in less than a month.

California moves toward stringent chromium 6 standard for drinking water
August 21, 2009 05:28 PM - Bettina Boxall, LA Times

Proposed goal of 0.06 part per billion could force costly treatment on providers that get water from the heavy-metal-contaminated San Fernando Valley aquifer, including L.A., Burbank and Glendale.

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