EPA Revs Up Leased Construction Equipment Retrofit Program Release date: 03/26/2009
March 26, 2009 01:26 PM - US EPA

Working to boost the economy while protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction projects throughout the Northeast.

Oil plagues Sound 20 years after Exxon Valdez
March 24, 2009 11:06 AM - msnbc.com

Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil persists in the region and, in some places, "is nearly as toxic as it was the first few weeks after the spill," according to the council overseeing restoration efforts.

EPA finds greenhouse gases endanger health
March 24, 2009 10:21 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that climate-warming greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, pose a danger to human health and welfare, a White House website showed on Monday.

U.S. Big Steel pushes for carbon fees on China
March 24, 2009 10:03 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

China's steel industry should face fees on its exports into the United States if Washington adopts greenhouse gas cuts and Beijing does not, U.S. steel industry officials and advocates said.

EPA Presses Obama To Regulate Warming Under Clean Air Act
March 24, 2009 09:49 AM - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency's new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.

World wants tough 2050 climate cuts, split on path
March 23, 2009 10:32 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Governments broadly support tough 2050 goals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but are split on how to share out the reductions, according to a new guide to negotiators of a new U.N. climate pact. A document to be presented to U.N. climate talks in Bonn from March 29-April 8 narrows down a list of ideas for fighting global warming in a new treaty due to be agreed in December to about 30 pages from 120 in a text late last year.

Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Is Not Improving
March 20, 2009 02:12 PM - The Associated Press

The health of the ailing Chesapeake Bay has shown no improvement over the past year as pollution caused by population growth and development overwhelms cleanup efforts, according to a report released Thursday. The annual study by the Chesapeake Bay Program said the nation's largest estuary remains "severely degraded" because of contaminants such as nitrogen, phosphorous and sediments.

Obama Pressed to Increase Global Water Aid
March 20, 2009 10:32 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

In his inauguration speech in January, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned four words that lifted the hearts of water advocates worldwide: "Let clean water flow." Although Obama has proposed doubling U.S. spending on foreign aid, his new budget, released last month, offers few details on whether the additional funding will support his inaugural vow, especially in the face of a debilitating financial crisis.

Toxic Emissions Fell in 2007, E.P.A. Says
March 20, 2009 10:03 AM - MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times

The volume of toxic chemicals that were released into the environment or sent for disposal in 2007 dropped 5 percent compared with 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. But concealed within the overall numbers was good and bad news.

Black Sea Pollution Could Be Harnessed As Renewable Future Energy Source
March 16, 2009 09:27 AM - Inderscience

The Black Sea harbours vast quantities of hydrogen sulfide, the toxic gas associated with the smell of rotten eggs. This noxious gas could be used as a renewable source of hydrogen gas to fuel a future carbon-free economy, according to Turkish researchers writing in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Nuclear Hydrogen Production and Applications. The waters of the Black Sea contain very little oxygen. As such, the rare forms of life that live in the depths of the inland sea, so-called extremophile bacteria, survive by metabolising sulfate in the water. The sulfate fulfils a similar biochemical role to oxygen in respiration for these microbes allowing them to release the energy they need to live and grow from the nutrients they absorb from the water.

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