Pollution

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.

US Airlines Don't Want To Play By EU Emissions Rules
September 11, 2007 10:03 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Parliament committee sought on Tuesday to delay the inclusion of all airlines in the European Union's emissions trading scheme to 2012. The executive European Commission proposed last year that inter-EU flights be included in the EU scheme, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from 2011, while international flights into and out of the bloc should be included from 2012.

U.S. farmers should curb fertilizer runoff: study
September 11, 2007 07:51 AM - Reuters

U.S. farmers should be required to control soil erosion and fertilizer runoff from all land eligible for crop subsidies -- which would be a major expansion of "conservation compliance" rules now in place, an environmental group said on Monday.

PVC-free Baby Products - Some Companies Are Far Ahead
September 10, 2007 06:03 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Some US product makers saw the writing on the wall years ago and started taking suspected toxins like PVC's out of their baby products long before it was vogue, in the headlines or lawmakers ordered them to.

Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development
September 10, 2007 11:06 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites.

Toys "R" Us Steps Up Toxins Testing
September 10, 2007 09:41 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Toys "R" Us is increasing the frequency of safety checks conducted on products sold in its stores after a slew of Chinese-made toys were recalled this summer due to unsafe levels of lead paint. "Earlier this year we began spot checking of products on our store shelves as part of our increased efforts for quality assurance," said Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. "But in light of recent recalls we have begun a systematic recheck of all products on our store shelves." Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage.

In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom
September 10, 2007 08:41 AM - Reuters

From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, pesticides in Israel or China's coal-fired power plants.

APEC countries bolster UN climate change process
September 10, 2007 08:10 AM - WWF

Sydney, Australia — Leaders of the world's fastest growing economies attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit rejected attempts by Australia and the US to bypass the United Nations in negotiations to reduce climate damaging emissions, says WWF.

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