Pollution

WWF Says Asia-Pacific Coal Rush Worsens Global Warming
September 4, 2007 08:11 AM - Reuters

Growing dependence on cheap coal to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is blamed for harmful changes in the world's climate, experts said on Tuesday. Between 2001 and 2006, coal use around the world grew by an unprecedented 30 percent. Asia, led by China, accounted for almost 90 percent of the growth, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said at the launch of a climate change report in Sydney.

Viruses in Water: The Imaginative In Pursuit of the Fugitive
September 4, 2007 07:55 AM - Society for General Microbiology

Water-borne enteric viruses are probably not the first microorganisms which spring to mind when thinking of polluted water. Cholera, typhoid and cryptosporidiosis are more prominent in the public mind, though viruses are likely to have been the cause of many outbreaks of water-borne disease. The difficulty has, until comparatively recently, been proving the link between the water and the sick person.

N.Korea Agrees To Disable Nuclear Program In 2007
September 2, 2007 03:29 PM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

GENEVA - North Korea agreed in weekend talks with the United States to fully account for and disable its nuclear programs by the end of this year, negotiators said on Sunday. "We had very good, very substantive talks," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill told reporters. "One thing that we agreed on is that (North Korea) will provide a full declaration of all of their nuclear programs and will disable their nuclear programs by the end of this year, 2007."

Hyundai to Unveil Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
September 1, 2007 01:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Corporation will unveil the i-Blue Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 13. The all-new i-Blue platform is tailored to incorporate Hyundai's third-generation fuel cell technology, currently being developed at Hyundai's Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea.

Biosensors To Probe The Metals Menace
September 1, 2007 12:06 PM - CRC CARE

If the pond life goes star-shaped, you’d be wise not to drink the water. Researchers from CRC CARE are pioneering a world-first technology to warn people if their local water or air is contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals and metal-like substances.

“The Largest Man-Made Environmental Catastrophe”
August 31, 2007 06:54 PM - Mary King, Environmental Graffiti

The annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society was rocked yesterday by the announcement by an international team of scientists that arsenic contamination in drinking water is "the largest identified man-made environmental catastrophe". A presentation by Cambridge University researchers revealed that 60 countries over 5 continents have been affected by arsenic contamination, with South East Asia, particularly Bangladesh, as the worst off. The health of 140 million people is threatened by the presence of arsenic, mostly in developing countries.

Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns
August 31, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters

TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said.

Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Stops Coal Shipment
August 31, 2007 07:53 AM - Greenpeace

Toronto, Canada — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has stopped shipment of coal from reaching the Nanticoke Generating Station on Lake Erie, preventing the coal freighter Algomarine from delivering its dirty cargo.

Public Hearings Held in LA, Philadelphia on Stricter Federal Smog Standards
August 31, 2007 07:11 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press

Activists and asthma patients urged federal environmental officials Thursday to go further in tightening smog standards to protect children and others from ailments caused by dirty air. The Environmental Protection Agency held its first public hearings in Los Angeles and Philadelphia on plans to reduce the permissible amount of the noxious gas formed when car exhaust, industrial emissions and gasoline vapors are cooked by heat and sunlight.

Hydrologists To Study Climate Change Effects On Sierra Lakes
August 30, 2007 02:34 PM - UC Riverside

RIVERSIDE, California - Researchers will try to understand how climate change affects the rate of atmospheric deposition of nutrients - elements or compounds essential to the growth and survival of organisms - in mountain lakes. They'll also be looking at how increases in the deposition of such nutrients threaten the lakes' plant and animal species. Fossil fuel combustion by humans has multiple effects, one of which - an increase in greenhouse gas emissions - results in climate change and an increase in atmospheric pollutants such as nitrogen. More available nitrogen, in turn, results in increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition.

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