Pollution

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.

Mercury Persists in Fish in Many Parts of US
August 20, 2009 06:39 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The U.S. Geological Survey released a study that showed mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country. The work was part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) which provides an understanding of water-quality conditions such as whether conditions are getting better or worse over time and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions. Regional and national assessments are possible because of a consistent study design and uniform methods of data collection and analysis.

Not from My Back Yard? Homes Pollute
August 19, 2009 11:55 AM - Eurekalert

They say there's no place like home. But scientists are reporting some unsettling news about homes in the residential areas of California. The typical house there — and probably elsewhere in the country — is an alarming and probably underestimated source of water pollution, according to a new study reported today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

No Matter How Well You Model it, Humans are to Blame
August 18, 2009 06:28 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

New research appearing in the online issue of the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and a group of international researchers found that model quality does not affect the ability to identify human effects on atmospheric water vapor.

Do Phosphate Oridnances Make a Difference?
August 17, 2009 03:40 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Phosphorus levels in the Huron River dropped an average of 28 percent after Ann Arbor adopted an ordinance in 2006 that curtailed the use of phosphorus on lawns.

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