Pollution

Toys 'R' Us Recalls 27,000 Chinese-Made Lead-Tainted Coloring Cases
August 30, 2007 10:44 AM - Tenzin Pema, Reuters

NEW YORK - Toys "R" Us Inc is recalling about 27,000 Imaginarium wooden coloring cases that were made in China because they violate federal lead paint standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall on Thursday, said the 213-piece coloring cases were sold at the toy retailer's stores and on its Web site from October 2006 through August 2007 for about $20. The printed ink on the outer packaging of the wood case contains lead, and some of the black watercolor paint contains excessive levels of lead, the agency said.

How to Clean Up the Slums -- Cook on Garbage
August 30, 2007 07:12 AM - Barry Moody, Reuters

Entering Nairobi's fetid slums the senses are first assaulted by a gagging stench and the sight of garbage everywhere, some even hanging from trees or smouldering in acrid fires. The city government does not recognise the "informal settlements" where more than 60 percent of the population live, so no services are provided and no garbage collected.

Pennsylvania Joins Multi-State War On Mercury
August 29, 2007 06:35 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is joining neighboring Great Lakes states to dramatically reduce mercury in consumer products. This, from Governer Edward Rendell and Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty. "The Governor is now proposing that Pennsylvania take further action to protect our citizens from this dangerous toxin by joining our fellow Great Lakes states in decreasing the use of mercury in consumer products," she said.

NASA Satellites Eye Coastal Water Quality
August 29, 2007 10:26 AM - University of South Florida

GREENBELT, Md. - Researchers armed with data from two NASA satellites have invented a way to map the fleeting changes in coastal water quality from space. The task long had evaded researchers and coastal managers relying only on ground-based data. Using data from instruments aboard NASA satellites, researchers at the University of South Florida found that they can monitor water quality almost daily, rather than monthly. This has direct value to resource managers tasked with creating restoration plans for coastal water ecosystems, and federal and state regulators in charge of setting water quality standards.

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.

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