Pollution

Acid rain has a disproportionate impact on coastal waters
September 8, 2007 06:58 AM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Research Suggests Sulfur, Nitrogen Emissions Play a Role in Changing Chemistry Near the CoastResearch suggests sulfur, nitrogen emissions play a role in changing chemistry near the coast The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agricultural activities plays a minor role in making the ocean more acidic on a global scale, but the impact is greatly amplified in the shallower waters of the coastal ocean, according to new research by atmospheric and marine chemists.

Global Rules Needed To Curb Ship Emissions
September 7, 2007 01:08 PM - Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's shipping industry needs global regulations that are consistently enforced by the United Nations if it is to cut emissions, the chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping said on Friday. Public pressure is building for ship owners to curb air pollution and take part in markets in permits to emit sulfur and greenhouse gases. Shipping accounts for about 10 percent of world sulfur dioxide emissions, a cause of acid rain, and large amounts of toxic nitrous oxide and particulates such as soot.

Pipeline Co. Pleads Guilty, Pays $1 Million for Fish Kill in Kansas
September 7, 2007 08:17 AM - EPA

Mid-America Pipeline Company, pleaded guilty yesterday to negligently releasing 200,000 gallons of ammonia into a Kansas creek, requiring the evacuation of nearby residents and killing 25,000 fish. The company agreed to pay a $1 million criminal penalty.

Sao Paulo Bans Outdoor Ads in Fight Against Pollution
September 7, 2007 07:35 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

It looks like the Bay of Bengal could be the victim of the next major tsunami. A report published in the Nature journal today suggests that there is "compelling evidence" for tsunami-triggering earthquake activity in the region, north of the area where 2004’s tsunami hit.

Shell Argentina denies pollution charges
September 7, 2007 06:34 AM - Lucas Bergman -Reuters

Shell defended its environmental record in Argentina on Thursday and warned of possible domestic energy shortages after the Argentine government shut the company's only refinery in South America on charges of pollution.

It's 'No Car Day' in Shanghai
September 6, 2007 08:19 AM - china.org

The Shanghai Municipal Government is to hold its first "No Car Day" on September 22, following the four-day test held last week in Beijing. Almost a third of the city's vehicles will be ordered off the roads in a bid to improve air quality and ease congestion.

Argentina shuts Shell refinery, citing pollution
September 6, 2007 06:51 AM - Reuters

Argentina's government on Wednesday ordered the closure of Royal Dutch Shell's 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, citing environmental concerns. The move comes amid increasing tensions between the company and the government of President Nestor Kirchner, which has clashed with the oil major over energy prices and supplies.

Low VOC Paint For Euro Aircraft
September 5, 2007 02:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MIELEC, Poland - A Polish aircraft manufacturer is the first in Europe to use an environmentally friendly zero-to-low-Volatile Organic Compound paint product for aircraft. "The new paint product uses 27 percent less material and has 41 percent fewer air emissions," said Robert Araujo, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety for Sikorsky Aircraft. "This was our Poland Team's first effort, and with the approval of the Polish government, we will continue to apply this technology to the benefit of a cleaner global environment." Araujo said the technology meets or exceeds the specifications set forth by the Polish government. "This has the potential to become the new standard in aircraft coating and paints," he said.

Coke Plans Plastic Recycling To Appease Ecological Concerns
September 5, 2007 01:22 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co. said on Wednesday that it was investing more than $60 million to build a plant to recycle and reuse nearly 2 billion 20-ounce bottles a year in an effort to counter growing environmental opposition to the beverage industry. The Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant will open next year and be fully operational in 2009. Coke said this would be the largest plant in the world to make new plastic bottles out of old ones.

Mattel Recalls 800,000 Lead-Tainted Toys
September 5, 2007 08:15 AM - Anne D'Innocenzio- Associated Press

Mattel Inc.'s reputation took another hit after the world's largest toy maker announced a third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month because of excessive amounts of lead paint. The latest action, which involved about 800,000 toys and which was announced late Tuesday, is yet another blow to Mattel. The news, along with other recent recalls of tainted Chinese toys from other toy makers, could also make parents even more nervous about shopping for toys this holiday season.

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