Pollution

Study: Lead levels below U.S. limits may harm children's brain function
December 2, 2007 06:12 PM - Susan Lang, Cornell Newswire

Cornell, New York - Even very small amounts of lead in children's blood -- amounts well below the current federal standard -- are associated with reduced IQ scores, finds a new, six-year Cornell study.

The study examined the effect of lead exposure on cognitive function in children whose blood-lead levels (BLLs) were below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard of 10 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl) -- about 100 parts per billion. The researchers compared children whose BLLs were between 0 and 5 mcg/dl with children in the 5-10 mcg/dl range.

Germany shows contradictions on climate change
December 2, 2007 11:51 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is the world's sixth largest emitter of greenhouses gases, builds some of the fastest and most polluting cars on the road, rejects speed limits to cut CO2 and is replacing its nuclear power with coal-burning plants.

Bali talks to seek global climate deal in 2009
December 2, 2007 09:02 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Delegates from about 190 nations gathered in Bali on Sunday to try to build on a "fragile understanding" that the fight against global warming needs to be expanded to all countries with a deal in 2009.

The U.N.'s top climate change official told thousands of delegates that the eyes of the world would be on their Dec 3-14 talks in an Indonesian beach resort, saying time was running short to avert ever more droughts, heatwaves and rising seas.

China moves to tackle pollution effects on health
December 1, 2007 03:42 PM - Taige Li, SciDevNet

BEIJING, China launched its first national environmental health action plan to enable research in the environment and health sectors to be combined more effectively. The Ministry of Health and the State Environmental Protection Administration announced the plan at the third National Environment Health Forum in Beijing this week (21 November).

 

Global Warming Warrior
December 1, 2007 10:14 AM - Lexington Blood, Triple Pundit

In June of this year, WEATHERBIRD II, a 115-foot research vessel trolled the Pacific Ocean dumping more than 20 tons of iron dust into the water near the Gallapagos Islands. Why? This proved to be the first attempt to profit from the long studied however unproved antidote to global warming. This is an idea spawned by the company, Planktos, spearheaded by D. Russ George a Greenpeacer and environmental project manager with the Canadian government. The iron dust has caused phytoplankton to bloom upon the ocean's surface which should, in theory, then suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by the tons and sink it deep into the ocean.

Deadly H5N1 bird flu found on Polish turkey farm
December 1, 2007 09:42 AM - Reuters

There are plans to cull 4,000 birds. The cases were found at farms around the village of Brudzen near the city of Plock, Poland's chief veterinary officer Ewa Lech said on television.

Godiva recalls X'mas chocolates in Europe and Asia
December 1, 2007 03:17 AM - Reuters

John Holmberg, managing director of the chocolatier in Pacific Rim, told Reuters it was withdrawing one batch of a product as two pieces of metal were discovered last month in two boxes of the chocolate made in France and sold in Japan.

Alaska gets 5 applications for natural gas
December 1, 2007 02:03 AM - Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Five companies, partnerships and entities have submitted proposals to build a massive pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to bring the region's vast but long-languishing natural gas reserves to markets thousands of miles away, state officials announced late on Friday.

Cell Phone Tip: Ring in a 'Green' Holiday Season
November 30, 2007 05:56 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

DEXTER, Mich. - An estimated 50 million wireless phones will be purchased this holiday season, making the wireless phone one of the hottest gifts of the year. It also makes the wireless phone one of the greatest opportunities to make this a "Green" holiday season.

 

 

The majority of these new phones will be replacements or upgrades for existing handsets. ReCellular, the world's foremost wireless recycler, estimates that recycling one phone for every new model would reclaim:

 

 

A year's supply of gasoline for 50,000 vehicles: According to The Use Less Stuff Report, recycling and reusing 50 million cell phones would save the equivalent of 37.5 million gallons of gasoline in materials and energy usage. That's enough to fuel 50,000 vehicles, averaging 20 mpg, for 15,000 miles per year.

 

Check your carbon footprint -- on your cell phone
November 30, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters

European scientists have devised an online application to measure how much greenhouse gas people emit from the way they travel, light their homes, choose dinner or watch television.

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