Pollution

Russia, China, India Top Worst-Polluted List
September 13, 2007 06:59 AM - Timothy Gardner -Reuters

Four of the world's 10 most polluted places are in Russia and two former Soviet republics, an independent environmental group said in a report released on Wednesday. Encompassing seven countries, the top 10 sites may cause some 12 million people to suffer health problems ranging from asthma and other respiratory ailments to birth defects and premature death, the New York-based Blacksmith Institute said.

Haze of confusion over most-polluted city list
September 13, 2007 06:54 AM - Reuters

A U.S. group's report naming the Chinese city of Tianjin as one of the world's most polluted places apparently confused the large northern port with a notorious lead-processing town in the country's east. Tianjin, with more than 10 million people, gained unwelcome global attention on Wednesday when the New York-based Blacksmith Institute named it as one of the world's most heavily polluted places for its outpouring of toxins from scrap lead processing.

Great Lakes waters are overdue for cleanup
September 12, 2007 07:55 AM - Andrew Stern -Reuters

A panting border collie patrols a steamy Chicago beach, chasing away sea gulls before they can foul the sand. A sign asks beach goers to toss their trash in a bin and change their children's dirty diapers.
Chicagoans are among the millions who flock each summer to hundreds of beaches that line the shores of the five Great Lakes, the vast inland seas that are collectively the world's second-largest body of fresh water and provide drinking water for 40 million Americans and Canadians.

China Clamping Down On Polluters
September 11, 2007 06:24 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Beijing, China - Chinese leaders are vowing a more aggressive prosecution of polluters, keeping in step with demands from the public there for tougher enforcement of anti-pollution laws. More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offenses in the first eight months of this year but the vice director of China's environmental watchdog believes the results are "far below" the expectations of the public.

Ontario’s Political Leaders, Polluted?
September 11, 2007 03:42 PM - Environmental Defense

Toronto, Ontario — Tests reveal that three Ontario political leaders - who willingly submitted to the testing - are contaminated with pollutants found in the environment and in everyday products, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. For the first time in Canada, Environmental Defense tested for bisphenol A (found in hard plastic bottles and tin can linings), a hormone disruptor that is under review by the federal government.

Panel Urges "Smarter" Tracking Of Risky Imports
September 11, 2007 02:50 PM - Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Bush administration import safety panel urged government agencies on Monday to work together to focus on the riskiest products in a "fundamental change" in import monitoring, following a spate of tainted or unsafe goods from China. The panel headed by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt told President George W. Bush in a report that inspecting all of the $2 trillion of imports that enter the United States each year would slow international trade and divert attention away from the riskiest products. "Instead, we have to be smarter about what we do," said the report of the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety.

House of Representatives Plans To Go Carbon Neutral
September 11, 2007 12:29 PM - Courtesy of, BuildingGreen

WASHINGTON - A new report details plans to move the U.S. House of Representatives to carbon-neutral operation by the end of 2008, to reduce energy consumption in House facilities by 50% from 2006 levels by 2017, and to “make House operations a model of sustainability.” The initiative, headed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D—CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D—MD), calls for the House to achieve carbon neutrality by purchasing electricity from renewable sources, purchasing carbon offsets on the Chicago Climate Exchange, and switching the fuel for the Capitol power plant from coal to natural gas.

Chemicals Pollute Ontario’s Political Leaders
September 11, 2007 12:09 PM - Environmental Defense

Toronto, Ontario — Test results reveal that three Ontario political leaders are contaminated with pollutants found in the environment and in everyday products, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. For the first time in Canada, Environmental Defence tested for bisphenol A (found in hard plastic bottles and tin can linings), a hormone disruptor that is under review by the federal government.

South Africa Warns Nations Of Active Nuke Smugglers
September 11, 2007 11:38 AM - Karin Strohecker, Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Parts of a global nuclear smuggling ring initiated by the disgraced father of Pakistan's atom bomb may remain active and nations must do more to crack down on the network, South Africa said on Tuesday. The plea followed last week's conviction by a South African court of a German engineer for his part in the network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, who admitted giving proliferation-prone nuclear technology to nations under international embargo. The network apparently operated in more than 30 countries, senior South African envoy Abdul Minty told a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors. Some of those entities may remain active, he told reporters afterwards.

Nuclear Industry Inches Toward New Construction In US
September 11, 2007 10:22 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

SPRING CITY, Tennessee (Reuters) - When the Watts Bar Unit One here switched on in 1996 after a 23-year construction ordeal, it was the last of a generation of U.S. commercial nuclear power plants to emerge from a building cycle marred by massive cost over-runs and canceled plant orders. Now, the U.S. nuclear industry is hoping that its troubled building history will not repeat itself as it takes baby steps toward ending a 30-year nuclear construction hiatus.

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