Pollution

UK Man Convicted Of Dumping Asbestos Is Jailed, Has Assets Frozen
August 22, 2007 09:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

London - Britian's Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), working in partnership with the Environment Agency, has frozen properties belonging to a Bradford man convicted of illegally dumping asbestos and excavation waste. ARA's investigation follows the conviction of William John Peter Reidy, aged 60, of Bradford. Reidy was convicted following the illegal activities of a demolition business run by him, called Space Making Development. In spite of not holding a waste management licence, the firm was being paid to take building waste away from companies across Yorkshire

Wal-Mart: Tainted Dog Treats, Chinese-Made, Found On Shelves 3 Weeks Ago
August 22, 2007 01:40 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it pulled two Chinese-made dog treats from its shelves nearly a month ago, and tests now show they had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier this year. The two types of dog treats -- Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading -- were removed from its stores on July 26, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said in a statement.

Environmental Disasters Reduce the Likelihood of Pro-Green Votes by Members of Congress
August 22, 2007 11:22 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Conventional wisdom holds that environmental disasters lead Congress to toughen regulatory standards. But a new study has found that members of Congress were less likely to take pro-green positions on legislation in the wake of such disasters than at other times during the same calendar year.

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.

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