Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns
August 31, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters
TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said.
Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Stops Coal Shipment
August 31, 2007 07:53 AM - Greenpeace
Toronto, Canada — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has stopped shipment of coal from reaching the Nanticoke Generating Station on Lake Erie, preventing the coal freighter Algomarine from delivering its dirty cargo.
Public Hearings Held in LA, Philadelphia on Stricter Federal Smog Standards
August 31, 2007 07:11 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press
Activists and asthma patients urged federal environmental officials Thursday to go further in tightening smog standards to protect children and others from ailments caused by dirty air. The Environmental Protection Agency held its first public hearings in Los Angeles and Philadelphia on plans to reduce the permissible amount of the noxious gas formed when car exhaust, industrial emissions and gasoline vapors are cooked by heat and sunlight.
Hydrologists To Study Climate Change Effects On Sierra Lakes
August 30, 2007 02:34 PM - UC Riverside
RIVERSIDE, California - Researchers will try to understand how climate change affects the rate of atmospheric deposition of nutrients - elements or compounds essential to the growth and survival of organisms - in mountain lakes. They'll also be looking at how increases in the deposition of such nutrients threaten the lakes' plant and animal species. Fossil fuel combustion by humans has multiple effects, one of which - an increase in greenhouse gas emissions - results in climate change and an increase in atmospheric pollutants such as nitrogen. More available nitrogen, in turn, results in increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition.
Toys 'R' Us Recalls 27,000 Chinese-Made Lead-Tainted Coloring Cases
August 30, 2007 10:44 AM - Tenzin Pema, Reuters
NEW YORK - Toys "R" Us Inc is recalling about 27,000 Imaginarium wooden coloring cases that were made in China because they violate federal lead paint standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall on Thursday, said the 213-piece coloring cases were sold at the toy retailer's stores and on its Web site from October 2006 through August 2007 for about $20. The printed ink on the outer packaging of the wood case contains lead, and some of the black watercolor paint contains excessive levels of lead, the agency said.
How to Clean Up the Slums -- Cook on Garbage
August 30, 2007 07:12 AM - Barry Moody, Reuters
Entering Nairobi's fetid slums the senses are first assaulted by a gagging stench and the sight of garbage everywhere, some even hanging from trees or smouldering in acrid fires. The city government does not recognise the "informal settlements" where more than 60 percent of the population live, so no services are provided and no garbage collected.
Pennsylvania Joins Multi-State War On Mercury
August 29, 2007 06:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is joining neighboring Great Lakes states to dramatically reduce mercury in consumer products. This, from Governer Edward Rendell and Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty. "The Governor is now proposing that Pennsylvania take further action to protect our citizens from this dangerous toxin by joining our fellow Great Lakes states in decreasing the use of mercury in consumer products," she said.
NASA Satellites Eye Coastal Water Quality
August 29, 2007 10:26 AM - University of South Florida
GREENBELT, Md. - Researchers armed with data from two NASA satellites have invented a way to map the fleeting changes in coastal water quality from space. The task long had evaded researchers and coastal managers relying only on ground-based data. Using data from instruments aboard NASA satellites, researchers at the University of South Florida found that they can monitor water quality almost daily, rather than monthly. This has direct value to resource managers tasked with creating restoration plans for coastal water ecosystems, and federal and state regulators in charge of setting water quality standards.
Hi-Tech Test Will Catch Vehicle Fuel Vapor Leaks In California
August 29, 2007 10:17 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
CLEVELAND - California is launching a new car emissions test that will catch fuel vapor leaks faster. The technology provides a fast, accurate method of measuring hydrocarbon emissions produced by leaks in faulty gasoline delivery systems -- ones that exceed Federal EPA guidelines. The new fuel system test will become a part of the Smog Check testing routine. California vehicles (1976-1995) are tested every other year. In excess of 10 million vehicles will be subject to the test program, which is slated to begin November 1, 2007.
Group Accuses Chevron Of Unethical Tactics In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial
August 28, 2007 05:35 PM - PR Newswire
QUITO, Ecuador - According to a rain forest protection organization in Equador, global oil giant Chevron is fabricating evidence and engaging in a "campaign of intimidation" in Ecuador. The group says the oil company is doing this to derail a class action rain forest pollution trial as it nears completion, said Pablo Fajardo, the Ecuadorian lawyer, a spokesman for the Coalition to Defend the Amazon, the non-profit group bringing the case.