Pollution

EPA to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant

Carbon dioxide will soon be declared a dangerous pollutant - a move that could help propel slow-moving climate-change legislation on Capitol Hill, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

Oceans Could Absorb Much More CO2
September 1, 2009 08:06 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Earth's oceans are vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide (CO2) with the potential to control the pace of global warming.

10,000 Homes Threatened in Los Angeles FIres

The unstoppable Angeles National Forest fire threatened 10,000 homes Saturday night as it more than tripled in size and chewed through a rapidly widening swath of the Crescenta Valley, where flames closed in on backyards and at least 1,000 homes were ordered evacuated. Sending an ominous plume of smoke above the Los Angeles Basin, the fire was fueled by unrelenting hot weather and dense brush that has not burned in 60 years.

Los Angeles Wildfires Fueled by Heat
August 29, 2009 10:21 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

Firefighters battling four wildfires around Los Angeles saved hundreds of homes in an affluent coastal community but struggled against a larger fire coming down the mountains toward another exclusive suburb. With temperatures in excess of 100 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius), flames flared above La Canada Flintridge, where nearly 900 homes were under voluntary evacuation, 1,500 acres had burned and containment was zero percent.

Natural Gas: "Bridge Fuel" or Renewable Energy Killer?
August 28, 2009 11:28 AM - BC Upham, Triple Pundit

Natural gas is often portrayed as a "bridge fuel," providing a lower-carbon alternative to coal while zero-carbon technologies, wind and solar primarily, scale up capacity and, hopefully, lower their price. In the long term this may be accurate, but in the short term there’s a different possibility: that cheap natural gas will stymie growth in wind and solar by providing a “second best” solution to meeting green house gas reduction benchmarks.

Nitrous oxide fingered as monster ozone slayer
August 28, 2009 11:14 AM - Janet Raloff, Science News

New calculations indicate that nitrous oxide has risen to become the leading threat to the future integrity of stratospheric ozone, Earth’s protective shield against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

EPA Awards $20 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Clean Diesel Finance Program
August 28, 2009 11:05 AM - EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three recovery act grants totaling $20 million in funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program. These recovery act grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment, protecting air quality and creating and retaining jobs in three communities across the country.

Cancer in Wildlife May Signal Toxic Dangers
August 27, 2009 05:01 PM - Crystal Gammon, Scientific American

Cancer in wild animals may be triggered or accelerated by environmental contaminants, some researchers argue

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.

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