Pollution

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

How Mercury Gets into our Seafood
May 1, 2009 04:32 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known.

Major Potential CO2 Storage in the North Sea
May 1, 2009 02:35 PM - Jenny Haworth, the Scotsman

THE North Sea could store the carbon dioxide from all Europe's power stations for hundreds of years, the results of major research to be unveiled today will reveal. Porous rocks beneath the seabed of the North Sea and disused oil and gas fields could provide storage for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

American Lung Association Report on Air Quality Finds Progress, But Major Cities Show Problems
May 1, 2009 07:08 AM - Editor, ENN

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by air pollution. Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year’s report found. Fifty-eight percent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008

Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke

Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.

Report lists worst, best cities for air quality
April 29, 2009 02:53 PM - msnbc.com

Sixty percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels, despite a growing green movement and more stringent laws aimed at improving air quality, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday that also listed the healthiest and unhealthiest cities across the U.S. in terms of air quality.

White House push to nullify mining-waste rule
April 29, 2009 10:44 AM - Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Newspapers

The Obama administration on Monday took steps to cancel a Bush-era rule that made it easier for mountaintop mining operations to dump rock, dirt and other waste near streams.

Air pollution, invasive species threaten Great Smoky Mountains
April 29, 2009 09:59 AM - Nanci Bompey, Citizens-Times.com

Air pollution and invasive species are threatening the environment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Park crews spends whole days cutting down shrubs along with combating dozens of other nonnative species. The park also had some of the highest levels of air pollution in the country when it started its monitoring program in the 1980s.

Landfill cover soil methane oxidation underestimated
April 28, 2009 10:50 AM - American Society of Agronomy

A literature review reveals that landfill cover soils oxidize more methane than guidelines suggest

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