Pollution

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.

Ecuador Eliminating Fossil Fuel Use in the Galapagos
May 7, 2009 09:52 AM - , Triple Pundit

The Ecuadoran government is looking to a range of alternative energy resources to make sure the Galapagos Islands remain one of the richest and best known ecosystems in the world.

EPA/DOE/Agriculture Discuss Energy Independence and Renewable Fuels Plan
May 5, 2009 04:13 PM - Editor, ENN

The US EPA, Departments of Agriculture and Energy held a conference call today to field questions on the Obama Administration plans to stimulate biofuels research and commercialization. The approach includes a rulemaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard. "As we work towards energy independence, using more homegrown biofuels reduces our vulnerability to oil price spikes that everyone feels at the pump," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "Energy independence also puts billions of dollars back into our economy, creates green jobs, and protects the planet from climate change in the bargain."

Supreme Court lets Shell off the hook in pollution cleanup
May 5, 2009 10:47 AM - Michael Doyle, Clatchy Newspapers

California will pay more and companies pay less to clean up a polluted San Joaquin Valley site under a closely watched Supreme Court decision Monday.

Farm Air Quality Talks Get Underway Amidst New Pollution Findings
May 5, 2009 09:52 AM - GreenBiz

The EPA next week will convene an Agricultural Air Quality Task Force this week in the town that, according to a new study by the American Lung Association, is among the 10 most-polluted cities in the nation.

Proposed Federal Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act
May 3, 2009 06:46 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A Central New York congressman, seeing an opportunity that may never come again, has introduced a bill requiring the most drastic cuts in U.S. history to the pollution responsible for acid rain. Rep. John McHugh said he wants to tie his "Acid Rain and Mercury Control Act" into a landmark energy and climate change bill that Congress will begin considering this week, with the goal of a vote by June.

How Mercury Gets into our Seafood
May 1, 2009 04:32 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known.

Major Potential CO2 Storage in the North Sea
May 1, 2009 02:35 PM - Jenny Haworth, the Scotsman

THE North Sea could store the carbon dioxide from all Europe's power stations for hundreds of years, the results of major research to be unveiled today will reveal. Porous rocks beneath the seabed of the North Sea and disused oil and gas fields could provide storage for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

American Lung Association Report on Air Quality Finds Progress, But Major Cities Show Problems
May 1, 2009 07:08 AM - Editor, ENN

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by air pollution. Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year’s report found. Fifty-eight percent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008

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