Pollution

U.S. Cement Industry Protests EPA's Proposal to Regulate Kiln Emissions
June 18, 2009 11:24 AM - GreenerBuildings Staff (GreenBiz.com)

Advocates for the cement industry in the U.S. and environmentalists are facing off in hearings this week as federal regulators call for comment on new rules to limit emissions from the energy-intensive kilns that are core to the business.

Can Captured Carbon Save Coal-Fired Power?
June 18, 2009 11:17 AM - Scientific American

Extracting carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust and storing it underground may be the only hope to avoid a climate change catastrophe caused by burning fossil fuels

Artificial Sweeteners May Contaminate Water Downstream Of Sewage Treatment Plants And Even Drinking Water
June 18, 2009 11:07 AM - ScienceDaily

Sewage treatment plants fail to remove artificial sweeteners completely from waste water. What’s more, these pollutants contaminate waters downstream and may still be present in our drinking water.

Senate Panel Approves Energy Bill
June 18, 2009 06:26 AM - JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska. The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week.

"Black Carbon" Chokes Chilean Towns
June 17, 2009 10:26 AM - Jane Zhou, Worldwatch Institute

Temuco, with a population of 300,000, has the fourth most polluted air in the country, according to local media. The burning of firewood for heating, cooking, and other uses is the main source of soot particulates, known as "black carbon," that enter the air at levels 150 percent higher than the national standard and more than four times the World Health Organization's recommended limit.

Scientists Debate Shading Earth As Climate Fix
June 17, 2009 07:23 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Engineering our climate to stop global warming may seem like science fiction, but at a recent National Academy of Sciences meeting, scientists discussed some potential geoengineering experiments in earnest.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
June 16, 2009 06:29 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Federal government released a major report today. The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. The report is the work of 12 federal agencies including the EPA, DOD,COMMERCE, NASA, and others.It’s written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

Mounting evidence shows native grasses could destroy explosives pollution
June 16, 2009 11:26 AM - Scott Canon, The Kansas City Star

Besides the obvious reason, TNT is not good for you. But grass, it turns out, might be dynamite for the problem.

Target Sued for Allegedly Dumping Hazardous Waste in Calif. Landfills
June 16, 2009 09:47 AM - GreenBiz Staff

California’s attorney general and 20 district attorneys filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. today that accuses the retailer of dumping pesticides, propane canisters and other hazardous waste in local landfills.

Major shift in US climate policy sparks hope for global treaty

The United States is no longer insisting that China and other large developing countries must make cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions under proposals tabled by the Obama administration for a new global treaty to combat climate change. In a major shift in US policy, reflecting the views of President Obama, Dr Jonathan Pershing who was in Beijing this week for talks with Chinese officials made it clear that this would not require countries such as China to make cuts, merely to carry out actions .

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