Pollution

Chemical Treaty Covers Additional Toxins
May 13, 2009 09:47 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

An international treaty designed to eradicate the world's most harmful chemicals was expanded this past week to include nine additional pollutants.

Document Is Critical of E.P.A. on Clean Air
May 13, 2009 08:56 AM - John M. Broder, New York Times

An internal government memorandum that came to light on Tuesday challenged the scientific and economic basis of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency finding that climate-altering gases are a threat to human health and welfare.

High human impact ocean areas along US West Coast revealed
May 11, 2009 10:23 AM - National Science Foundation

"Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, "is affected by 10 to 15 different human activities annually." In a two-year study to document the way humans are affecting the oceans in this region, Halpern and colleagues overlaid data on the location and intensity of 25 human-derived sources of ecological stress, including climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, land-based sources of pollution and ocean-based commercial activities. With the information, they produced a composite map of the status of West Coast marine ecosystems.

China Outpaces U.S. in Cleaner Coal-Fired Plants
May 11, 2009 08:40 AM - Keith Bradsher, New York Times

China’s frenetic construction of coal-fired power plants has raised worries around the world about the effect on climate change. China now uses more coal than the United States, Europe and Japan combined, making it the world’s largest emitter of gases that are warming the planet.

Fierce California wildfire burns into fourth night
May 9, 2009 08:05 AM - Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

A California wildfire burned for a fourth day on Friday above the seaside town of Santa Barbara as firefighters battled flames that have damaged or destroyed 80 homes. Another 3,500 homes and about 100 businesses remained in immediate jeopardy from the so-called Jesusita fire, which had blackened more than 8,600 acres in the foothills above the picturesque community, according to an update by the Santa Barbara Fire Department late on Friday.

Endangered Species Act Cannot be Used in Global Warming Response
May 9, 2009 08:00 AM - ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

The Obama administration said Friday that it would retain a wildlife rule issued in the last days of the Bush administration that says the government cannot invoke the Endangered Species Act to restrict emissions of greenhouse gases threatening the polar bear and its habitat.

Licensed Site Remediation Professional program in NJ
May 8, 2009 04:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed legislation to reform the clean-up of contaminated sites. Licensed professionals will take over many of the more time-consuming functions that have bogged down the DEP, helping to expedite the review and approval process for contaminated sites across the state. The Licensed Site Remediation Professional will investigate sites to assess potential contamination, develop and oversee remediation approaches, and determine when a remediation is complete. They will make this determination through the issuance of a “response action outcome” (RAO) upon completion of the remediation activities. RAOs, except in cases where no contamination is detected, must be submitted to NJDEP and maybe audited

China Increases Investment On Energy Conservation And Environmental Protection

According to a representative from China's National Development and Reform Commission, China has arranged CNY23 billion for energy conservation, emission control, and environmental protection since the fourth quarter of last year, which accounts for about 10% of the total investment.

US EPA Budget Proposal Issued Today
May 7, 2009 05:00 PM - Editor, ENN

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released EPA’s fiscal year 2010 budget blueprint, which takes significant strides to ensure that our air, land, and water are safe and clean. Expanding on the investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this $10.5 billion budget is designed so EPA can develop programs that are good for the environment, and also aid in the economic recovery.

Nanoscale water treatment needs innovative engineering
May 7, 2009 10:36 AM - Ashok Raichur, SciDevNet

The fast-evolving world of nanotechnology captivates researchers in fields ranging from health and nutrition to agriculture and environment. In particular, many developing countries are investigating how nanotechnology might improve access to clean water. But making the leap to commercial applications is complicated and is still a distant goal for most developing countries. Just producing nanomaterials in quantities large enough for industrial applications is challenging and can be expensive.

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