Pollution

Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet

A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.

Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil
August 22, 2007 09:51 AM - Luisa Massarani, SciDevNet

Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence.

Recycled, But Not Disinfected, Chopsticks The Latest China Scare
August 22, 2007 09:38 AM - Reuters

BEIJING - A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of Chinese food and product safety scares. Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet food to medicine, tires, toothpaste and toys.

Coal Dependency Seen Braking China's Climate Drive
August 22, 2007 09:25 AM - Reuters, Alister Doyle

China will have trouble cutting its dependence on coal despite growing pressures to fight global warming, a leading Chinese official told an international panel of experts on Wednesday on an Arctic island.

Prosecutors Open Criminal Case in Fire at World Trade Center Site
August 22, 2007 07:07 AM - Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press

Prosecutors in New York opened a criminal investigation into the blaze that killed two firefighters at a ground zero skyscraper as it was slowly being dismantled. A broken water supply system pumped thousands of gallons into the building's basement, leaving firefighters without enough water to fight the fire.

Texas Man Sentenced to Five Months in Jail for Environmental Crimes
August 21, 2007 06:13 PM - WebWire

Dennis Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas, has been sentenced to five months imprisonment for environmental crimes related to the operation of his company, North American Waste Assistance.

UK Asks Farmers To Help Improve Water Quality
August 21, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

London - Britian's government news agency asked farmers to help improve water quality by making changes to their farming practices to provide a "base line of protection for waters from nitrate and phosphate pollution." The government wants to reduce nitrogen from manure and fertiliser getting into surface or groundwater.

How Green Is Your College? Greener Than You May Think.
August 21, 2007 11:23 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and managing environmental risk are now on the forefront of many companies' and universities business strategies. Some of today's largest and most influential institutions have made enormous investments in renewable energy. It's important because, for the average college or university in the US, electricity consumption represents approximately 20% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Follow your nose: Houston air quality study finds a few surprises
August 21, 2007 09:55 AM - University of Houston

Mercury and formaldehyde levels have scientists scratching their heads.As a frequent addition to the list of America’s most polluted cities, Houston is no stranger to having more than just oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air. But a University of Houston study found a few surprising results in the air Houstonians breathe day in, day out: mercury and formaldehyde.

China Emissions Situation Grim in First Half of 2007
August 21, 2007 06:58 AM - Alexa Olesen, Associated Press

Emissions of a key air pollutant fell slightly in China in the first half of the year but water quality worsened, the country's environmental watchdog said Tuesday, urging tougher measures to deal with a grim pollution situation.

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