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Forest Chief Touts Ethanol to Power Cars
September 8, 2007 07:36 AM - John Heilprin -Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service chief is proposing replacing 15 percent of the nation's gasoline with ethanol made from wood, while doubling the amount of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed by public and private forests. "These are ambitious goals, and they would take a concerted national effort to reach," Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell said in remarks prepared for a speech before the Society of Environmental Journalists Friday night in San Francisco.

Volunteers Help Monitor Nation's Rivers
September 8, 2007 07:08 AM - Associated Press

Day after day, Chauncey Moran leaves his backwoods cabin, packs his pickup with gear and embarks on a scientific mission: checking the health of the Yellow Dog River. Friends call the 62-year-old retiree "River Walker" for his devotion to the trout stream, which meanders through forests and sandy plains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and eventually feeds into Lake Superior.

California air board plans new regulations
September 8, 2007 07:05 AM - Leonard Anderson -Reuters

The California Air Resources Board said on Friday it would step up the pace of new regulations to fight global warming in the most populous U.S. state. The air board also added measures that go beyond the requirements of California's 2006 landmark law to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

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.

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