Pollution

The Key to Safe Subsurface Storage of CO2
August 25, 2009 01:34 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Oil exploration and production technology may hold the key to secure CO2 storage, a report published by the CO2 Capture Project (CCP) today highlights. The report provides a definitive treatment of the CO2 storage subsurface technical issues and how oil and gas experience technology and protocols are available now to address them.

Europe's air quality improving, data shows
August 25, 2009 10:16 AM - EurActiv.com

Although levels of major air pollutants continued to decline in the EU in 2007, the residential and road transport sectors are becoming increasingly significant sources of pollution, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Friday (21 August).

Bacteria Desalinate Water, Generate Power
August 25, 2009 10:11 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

Bacteria can be used to turn dirty salt water into electricity and drinkable water, according to new research from scientists at Penn State University and Tsinghua University

Signaling Pathway Ensures That Plants Remember To Flower

Why do some plants blossom even when days are short and gray?

Farmers Care About Trees Too
August 24, 2009 06:41 AM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

Almost half of the world's farmland has at least 10 percent tree cover, according to a study on Monday indicating that farmers are far less destructive to carbon-storing forests than previously believed. "The area revealed in this study is twice the size of the Amazon, and shows that farmers are protecting and planting trees spontaneously," Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, said in a statement.

Brazil Says, Return to Sender
August 22, 2009 10:35 AM - Farah Master, Reuters

A ship laden with British containers suspected of containing toxic waste illegally exported to Brazil arrived back in the UK on Friday. Brazilian health authorities say the shipment, supposedly recyclable waste, was in fact full of condoms, syringes and human waste.

China Closes Smelter After 1300 Children Are Sickened
August 21, 2009 05:34 PM - World Digest: Washington Post

China has closed down a manganese smelter in the southern province of Hunan after more than 1,300 children living near it were found to suffer from lead poisoning, state media said Thursday, in the third metal contamination scandal in less than a month.

California moves toward stringent chromium 6 standard for drinking water
August 21, 2009 05:28 PM - Bettina Boxall, LA Times

Proposed goal of 0.06 part per billion could force costly treatment on providers that get water from the heavy-metal-contaminated San Fernando Valley aquifer, including L.A., Burbank and Glendale.

Oil spill sparks evacuation off Australian coast
August 21, 2009 09:21 AM - Denny Thomas & James Jukwey, Reuters

An oil leak off Australia's western coast has sparked the evacuation of dozens of workers from a rig, the operator PTTEP Australasia said Friday.

Plastic in Oceans Leaches Chemicals
August 20, 2009 09:28 AM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

According to a new study, plastic in the oceans can decompose in as little as a year, leaching chemical compounds into the water that may harm the health of animals and possibly even people.

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