Pollution

Decision to renew nuclear plant's 20-year operating license dismays opponents
April 2, 2009 10:04 AM - Brian T. Murray, The Star Ledger

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the nation's oldest nuclear power plant, was granted clearance yesterday for a new 20-year operating license despite claims from conservationists, watchdog and citizens groups that the Ocean County facility poses a danger to the public and wildlife.

Highlights of draft bill to curb global warming
April 2, 2009 06:38 AM - Macon.com from The Associated Press

House Democratic leaders released a first draft of legislation to curb emissions from global warming. Here are the highlights: CAP-AND-TRADE PROGRAM RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD COAL MEASURES

US sues BP unit over Alaska oil spills
April 1, 2009 10:51 AM - Reuters

The U.S. government has filed a civil complaint against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc (BP.L)(BP.N) alleging that the Alaska-based company violated U.S. clean air and water laws, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

New EPA Review Prompts Anxiety Over Mining Jobs
April 1, 2009 09:18 AM - Scott Finn, NPR

A federal judge in West Virginia issued a ruling Tuesday that dealt another blow to the controversial mining practice known as mountaintop removal. The process involves blasting away the tops of mountains to expose coal seams underneath. The resulting tons of rock and dirt are typically dumped into valleys and streams. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in Charleston blocked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing so-called "nationwide" permits, which streamline the process of getting permission to mine. Goodwin also ruled that more detailed plans for each individual mine must be submitted before permits are approved.

Airlines to fly less, and pollute less, in downturn
March 31, 2009 09:10 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Airlines will reduce their carbon emissions by nearly 8 percent this year as they slash the number of flights they operate in line with a drop in both cargo and passenger demand, executives said on Tuesday.

U.S. seeks emissions-control zone around ports
March 31, 2009 08:19 AM - The Associated Press

The United States has applied to the International Maritime Organization to create a 230-mile emissions control zone around the nation's coastline, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday.

'Halo effect' explains brightest patches of sky
March 31, 2009 06:28 AM - Nora Schultz

Every cloud has a silver lining, the saying goes, but as it turns out, it's more of a giant halo.

Limited Damage Seen from Naantali Oil Spill
March 30, 2009 09:47 AM - YLE

The effects of Sunday's oil spill near Naantali, south-west Finland, will not be as bad as feared, say experts.

Fish Oils Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Flatulent Cows
March 30, 2009 06:09 AM - ScienceDaily

The benefits to animals of omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils have been well documented — helping the heart and circulatory system, improving meat quality and reducing methane emissions.

Microbes In Mud Flats Clean Up Oil Spill Chemicals
March 29, 2009 09:46 PM - ScienceDaily

Micro-organisms occurring naturally in coastal mudflats have an essential role to play in cleaning up pollution by breaking down petrochemical residues.

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