Pollution

Hi-Tech Test Will Catch Vehicle Fuel Vapor Leaks In California
August 29, 2007 10:17 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CLEVELAND - California is launching a new car emissions test that will catch fuel vapor leaks faster. The technology provides a fast, accurate method of measuring hydrocarbon emissions produced by leaks in faulty gasoline delivery systems -- ones that exceed Federal EPA guidelines. The new fuel system test will become a part of the Smog Check testing routine. California vehicles (1976-1995) are tested every other year. In excess of 10 million vehicles will be subject to the test program, which is slated to begin November 1, 2007.

Group Accuses Chevron Of Unethical Tactics In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial
August 28, 2007 05:35 PM - PR Newswire

QUITO, Ecuador - According to a rain forest protection organization in Equador, global oil giant Chevron is fabricating evidence and engaging in a "campaign of intimidation" in Ecuador. The group says the oil company is doing this to derail a class action rain forest pollution trial as it nears completion, said Pablo Fajardo, the Ecuadorian lawyer, a spokesman for the Coalition to Defend the Amazon, the non-profit group bringing the case.

Olympic Champ Has Plan To Beat Beijing Pollution
August 28, 2007 08:57 AM - Reuters

Ethiopian world and Olympic 10,000 meters champion Kenenisa Bekele said on Tuesday Beijing's pollution could affect how he prepares for next year's Games. "The weather conditions are not good, but this is not only for me, but for all," Bekele told a news conference. "I can't do anything about it, so I will concentrate on my training. I am not concerned about it."

China Rivers Threaten Sixth of Population
August 28, 2007 08:47 AM - Reuters

Polluters along two of China's main rivers have defied a decade-old clean-up effort, leaving much of the water unfit to touch, let alone drink, and a risk to a sixth of the population, state media said on Monday.

Indonesian peatlands seen playing key climate role
August 28, 2007 07:37 AM - Sugita Katyal -Reuters

To the average person, they are just ordinary swamps or bogs. But peatlands across the world are more than just simple marsh land: they are one of the largest carbon stores on earth and play a significant role in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. Not for long, perhaps.

China to Give "Green" Legislation More Teeth
August 28, 2007 07:28 AM - Jiaquan Wang -Worldwatch Institute

In recent years, Chinese authorities have waged a series of “green storms”—harsh crackdown campaigns against polluters—to check the nation’s worsening environmental deterioration, while also promoting a “green credit” system to deny polluting industries access to bank loans. Now, the nation is seeking to further improve its environmental and ecological situation through the adoption of more biting green legislation.

U.S. Seeks Home For Research On Fearsome Diseases
August 27, 2007 06:12 PM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

WASHINGTON - A federal laboratory off Long Island, known as the "Alcatraz for animal disease," may move to the U.S. mainland as part of a new $450 million research center. Plans for the next-generation National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, slated to go online by 2013, include biosafety labs where scientists, clad in outfits resembling spacesuits and tethered to air supplies, would research diseases that can spread to people from animals.

Study: SUV's Bigger Polluters
August 27, 2007 01:03 PM - Ohio State University

COLUMBUS , Ohio — The pollution produced by light trucks, SUVs and minivans is only half a percent higher than that produced by conventional cars, based on a recent study. But a new study shows that this tiny difference becomes enormous when considering the number of light trucks moving along the nation's highways.

As Coal-Fired Plants Clear the Air, Landfills Grow
August 27, 2007 10:49 AM - Anna Jo Bratton, Associated Press

More than one-third of the ash generated at the country's hundreds of coal-fired plants is now recycled -- mixed with cement to build highways or used to stabilize embankments, among other things.

Beijing Traffic Restriction Not a Silver Bullet for Air Pollution
August 27, 2007 07:31 AM - Ling Li - Worldwatch Institute

A recent traffic restriction that limited driving in China’s capital city during the four-day “Good Luck Beijing” Olympic test games initially resulted in a measurable improvement in the city’s haze, according to Beijing officials. But over the full period of the restriction, air pollution levels in fact showed a slight increase, The Washington Post reported. Zhao Yue, vice director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, noted on the agency’s Web site that humid, windless conditions had trapped particulate matter in the city, preventing greater improvement.

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