Drinking water in Gaza Strip contaminated with high levels of nitrate
August 14, 2008 10:15 AM - Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

Gaza/Leipzig. Palestinian and German scientists have recommended to the authorities in the Gaza Strip that they take immediate measures to combat excessive nitrate levels in the drinking water.

China raises tax on big cars, impact seen small
August 14, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

China said on Wednesday it would raise taxes on large passenger vehicles and cut the tax on small cars from next month to cut pollution and fuel use. But the policy may only have a limited impact on boosting fuel efficiency in the world's second-largest oil user, as majority of the cars will be spared the tax hike as Beijing seeks to prevent more damage to an already slowing auto market.

Creating solutions to a water crisis

The International Herald Tribune, August 11, 2008 Monday - The first thing you see is shelf after shelf of plain glass bottles all containing different colored liquids. Some of the liquids are clear, and others whitish, yellowish, brownish, greenish, or almost black. The colors change daily, as does the consistency, and whatever is growing inside.

China ventures into carbon capture
August 11, 2008 10:38 AM - , SciDevNet

China and Australia will test a post-combustion capture (PCC) pilot plant in Beijing as part of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from thermal power stations. The plant, officially announced last week (31 July), is a collaboration between the China HuaNeng Group, the country's largest power producer, and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

NYC among 21 cities to disclose carbon output
August 11, 2008 09:01 AM - Reuters

More than 20 U.S. cities, including New York, Las Vegas and Denver, have agreed to measure their carbon footprints, with a system some 1,300 companies have been persuaded to use, in an attempt to find ways to curb emissions blamed for warming the planet.

Ivory Coast toxic sites still a threat: U.N. expert
August 9, 2008 02:31 PM - Reuters

Tens of thousands of people in Ivory Coast are still suffering serious health problems two years after toxic waste was dumped there, a United Nations human rights expert said on Friday. Okechukwu Ibeanu, an independent U.N. investigator, said in a statement the seven sites around the commercial capital Abidjan had still not been decontaminated, with dire consequences for those living around them.

McDonald's and Greenwashing
August 8, 2008 09:24 AM - , Triple Pundit

McDonald’s, the world-famous fast-food chain best known for its golden arches and Big Macs, bills itself as a leader “in environmental conservation.” A few weeks ago I walked into a McDonald’s restaurant for the first time in a year and ordered the new sweet tea drink. To my surprise the drink comes in a styrofoam cup.

Military wants to lead U.S. into the green
August 8, 2008 09:04 AM - Reuters

FORT IRWIN, California (Reuters) - The U.S. military has a history of fostering change, from racial integration to development of the Internet. Now, Pentagon officials say their green energy efforts will help America fight global warming.

Torch relay enters final leg under hazy skies
August 8, 2008 08:51 AM - Reuters

China kicked off the last leg of its Olympic torch relay on Friday under hazy skies and with a threat of rain complicating plans for the opening ceremony. Beijing has spent heavily to curb pollution, clearing over half the city's cars from its streets and closing dozens of factories, but the air quality for the start of the Games is expected to be only just within the guidelines for safe levels.

China's Olympian efforts to tackle air pollution
August 6, 2008 11:17 AM - , SciDevNet

As the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games get underway, an expensive environmental experiment is taking place, providing a golden opportunity for pollution science. The Beijing Olympic Air Quality Monitoring and Warning Project, a 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) monitoring system, has been created in an attempt to guarantee clear skies for the games.

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