Pollution

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.

Roof, Paints, Carpets - New Phildelphia Senior Development Goes Totally Green
August 20, 2007 04:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

From the 20,000 square foot vegetation-covered roof, to low-VOC paints and caulking, to the carpets, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has created a new 'best-practices' standard for green senior housing. It's called the Nellie Reynolds Gardens. Philadelphia, already a leader in building Energy Star affordable housing, is taking its commitment to energy efficiency and a clean environment to a new level, building its first "totally green building" in North Philadelphia.

Mattel Sued To Require Lead Testing For All Children Exposed To Recalled Chinese-Made Toys
August 20, 2007 04:19 PM - PR Newswire

The attorney whose lawsuit prompted a recall of defective Chinese tires is filing a class action today to compel Mattel to pay for the testing of children who might have been lead-poisoned by 1.5 million toxic toys. effrey Killino, of the Philadelphia firm of Woloshin & Killino, is filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior court in the central district of California to force Mattel to set up a fund that concerned parents could access to have their children tested for lead poisoning.

Indonesian, Japanese Companies Agree To Major Geothermal Project
August 20, 2007 01:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

JAKARTA, Indonesia - At a total of over 300 megawatts power output, the Sarulla Geothermal Project located in Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatra will be the largest single-contract geothermal project to date in the geothermal industry. It's due to start putting out power in approximately 30 months. Indonesian business leaders call it a reflection of the large scale, high productivity and potential of Indonesian geothermal resources.

Africa Wages War on Scourge of Plastic Bags
August 20, 2007 11:22 AM - Reuters

They've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains. Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca.

Dow Corning Turns On The Power of Sunshine, In Europe
August 20, 2007 09:57 AM - PR Newswire

Dow Corning has turned to renewable forms of energy to help power one of its largest manufacturing sites in Europe. More than 1,000 square meters of solar panels, installed on the roof and facades of office and production buildings, are expected to generate the amount of energy needed to satisfy the annual electricity needs of 35 households.

China's Isolation of Taiwan Hurts Environment Work
August 20, 2007 09:10 AM - Paul Eckert, Reuters

Taiwan has concerns about airborne mercury and arsenic pollution to raise with China and a great deal of clean-up expertise to offer the polluted mainland, but Beijing's refusal to deal with the island stymies cooperation, Taiwan's environment minister said Friday.

South Korea's Lee: Construction Boss Gone Green
August 20, 2007 09:08 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

The man now set to run for South Korea's main conservative party in presidential elections this December first made a name for himself as a construction boss whose concrete turned the capital into a grey mass.

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