U.S. says states can lift emission monitoring bar
August 21, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court on Tuesday overturned a rule that prevented state and local authorities from raising emissions monitoring requirements for polluting units such as chemical plants and oil refineries. Regulatory body Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had added a rule to the existing Clean Air Act in 1990 that prevented authorities from adding to monitoring requirements.

Lead wheel weights to be phased out in California by end of 2009
August 21, 2008 09:45 AM - LA Times

Lead wheel weights, widely used to balance vehicle tires but considered a threat to drinking water, will be phased out in California by the end of next year under a court settlement approved Wednesday.

Japan to offer incentives on clean diesel cars
August 21, 2008 09:33 AM - Reuters

Japan is looking to introduce incentives for consumers buying clean diesel cars starting next fiscal year in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a government official said on Thursday. Details including the credit amount will be firmed up by the end of the year with an eye to implementing the incentives from next April, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

Ivory Coast's forgotten acrid waste
August 21, 2008 09:06 AM - BBC

A red triangle with a skull and cross bones symbol gives the first indication that this area on the outskirts of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan is no rural idyll. Women may use their heads to carry wood back home while men snooze in the shade of the trees, but a slight odour hangs in the air.

ClimatePULSE: Exporting China's Emissions
August 19, 2008 09:03 AM - , Triple Pundit

A recent report from Carnegie Mellon University added numbers to our suspicions that a large portion of China's emissions are from producing goods for export. 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, or 33% of China's emissions, are the result of activities related to the production of export goods.

Yellow cabs go green faster in NYC
August 18, 2008 11:20 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's yellow taxi fleet now will go green at the rate of 300 new hybrid cars a month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, citing an agreement with car-makers to supply the fuel-light cabs.

Current climate models 'ignoring brown carbon'
August 18, 2008 10:50 AM - , SciDevNet

Scientists have found that air pollution from East Asia contains an abundance of 'brown carbon' particles and say that atmospheric models need updating to incorporate their effect. Current climate models take into account two types of aerosol carbon — organic carbon and black carbon — that arise from the burning of fossil fuels or biomass.

Where Does Smog Occur?
August 18, 2008 10:37 AM - Larry West, About.com

Severe smog and ground-level ozone problems exist in many major cities around the world, from Mexico City to Beijing.

"Toxic" Indian festivals poison waterways
August 18, 2008 10:21 AM - Reuters

Toxic chemicals from thousands of idols of Hindu gods immersed in rivers and lakes across India are causing pollution which is killing fish and contaminating food crops, experts and environmentalists said on Monday. Hindus across India celebrate various religious festivals in September and October, paying homage to deities like Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, and Goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil.

Give Beijing Some Breathing Space
August 15, 2008 09:46 AM - UNEP

Images of the Beijing sky-line, seemingly bathed in a soup of smog and haze have been never far from the world's TV screens over recent days and weeks. International reporters with hand-held air pollution detectors have been popping up on street corners checking the levels of soot and dust.

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