Pollution

100 percent of people carry at least 1 type of pesticide
January 5, 2008 04:18 PM - Universidad de Granada

A study carried out by researchers from the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública), found that 100% of Spaniards analyzed had at least one kind of persistent organic compound (POC´s), substances internationally classified as potentially harmful to one’s health, in their bodies. These substances enter the body trough food, water or even air. All of them tend to accumulate in human adipose tissue and easily enter into the organism through the aforementioned mediums.

EPA halts river clean-up talks with Dow Chemical
January 5, 2008 02:24 AM - Reuters

The EPA's region 5 office had previously extended negotiations that began in October in an attempt to reach a final agreement on the clean-up of cancer-causing dioxins from the Tittabawassee River system near Dow's Midland, Michigan, headquarters.

Clean power for Norwegian oil and gas rigs seen costly
January 5, 2008 02:19 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's hopes of supplying cleaner electricity to offshore oil and gas platforms to help fight global warming suffered a setback on Friday when an official report projected higher-than-expected costs.

Lilly, Daiichi seek FDA approval of clot drug
January 5, 2008 02:02 AM - Reuters

The companies submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 26 and plan to submit one in Europe during the first quarter, they said.

EU considers carbon tariff
January 5, 2008 02:01 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission is debating whether to push for a carbon tariff on imports from countries that do not tackle their greenhouse gas emissions, as part of climate change proposals due out this month.

ADM to bury carbon from ethanol plant
January 4, 2008 02:41 PM - Reuters

Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major food processor, said it is working with business and government groups in the Midwest on an $84 million project to bury planet-warming gas emissions from an ethanol plant starting next year. The project will be one of the first in the United States to use carbon sequestration technology. Carbon burial is unproven, but has the potential to be a crucial weapon against greenhouse emissions by keeping carbon dioxide from some of the dirtiest industries from reaching the atmosphere.

First-ever study to link increased mortality specifically to carbon dioxide emissions
January 4, 2008 09:05 AM - Stanford University

A Stanford scientist has spelled out for the first time the direct links between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increases in human mortality, using a state-of-the-art computer model of the atmosphere that incorporates scores of physical and chemical environmental processes. The new findings, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, come to light just after the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent ruling against states setting specific emission standards for this greenhouse gas based in part on the lack of data showing the link between carbon dioxide emissions and their health effects.

British nuclear power consultation flawed: report
January 3, 2008 07:33 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's public consultation last year on the need for new nuclear power plants to tackle climate change and bridge the looming energy gap was flawed and misleading, a group of academics said on Friday. The government, which has said repeatedly new nuclear power stations are needed, was forced by a legal ruling last February to undertake the consultation which ended in October.

Suit says IBM dumped chemicals in New York state
January 3, 2008 04:55 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Neighbors of a former IBM plant in New York state sued the company on Thursday, saying it released chemicals into the air, ground and water for nearly 80 years that caused birth defects and cancer. Some 90 residents of the upstate New York towns of Endicott and Union say that from 1924 to 2002, IBM dumped chemicals including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene near the Endicott plant where the computer giant was born.

Neapolitans protest against garbage crisis plan
January 3, 2008 12:45 PM - Reuters

About 200 people on Thursday blocked the entrance to a waste dump in Naples which authorities planned to reopen to resolve a garbage crisis blamed on mismanagement, corruption and organized crime. Shoulder-high mounds of rotting, rat-infested garbage have accumulated in the southern city for months as delays have dogged the opening of a massive incinerator meant to end a 14-year 'state of emergency' for waste in the Naples area.

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