Pollution

China Stops 1.3 Million Cars For Olympics Clean Air Test
August 17, 2007 03:21 PM - By Wang Nan and Nick Mulvenney, Liu Zhen, Reuters

Beijing embarked on a four-day experiment on Friday to see if taking 1.3 million cars off the city's streets will substantially reduce air pollution at next year's Beijing Olympics.

Beijing Stops Cars for Olympic Games Clean Air Test
August 17, 2007 06:55 AM - Reuters

Beijing embarked on a four-day experiment on Friday to see if taking 1.3 million cars off the city's streets will substantially reduce air pollution at next year's Beijing Olympics.

Cancer Panel Attacks U.S. Food Subsidies, Policies, And Prevention Efforts
August 16, 2007 04:59 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

A new presidential report on cancer takes on not only tobacco companies but the food industry while calling on the federal government to "cease being a purveyor of unhealthy foods" and switch to policies that encourage Americans to eat vegetables and exercise.

Tip Sheet: Making Sense Of The Toy Recalls And Protecting Children From Lead Poisoning
August 16, 2007 03:01 PM - PR Newswire

The National Center for Healthy Housing has released two fact sheets to help parents make sense of the recent recalls of toys tainted with lead paint. The first fact sheet titled "Testing for Lead in Consumer Items," explains the various options that parents have for testing household items to confirm or deny the presence of lead. The second fact sheet titled "Toys and Childhood Lead Exposure" explains how lead ends up in toys and how the lead can be ingested by children through normal play.

Subaru Gets EPA "Green Vehicle" Certification
August 16, 2007 01:19 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The Environmental Protection Agency has given Subaru's newest vehicles SmartWay(TM) certification. The Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester PZEVs which means 'Partial Zero Emission Vehicles' will now be listed in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide that recommends the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle choices.

IMC Shipping to Pay Fine for 2004 Alaska Oil Spill
August 16, 2007 10:02 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A Singapore company agreed to plead guilty to environmental violations and pay a $10 million fine for an oil spill caused by the 2004 wreck of one of its cargo ships off Alaska, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Parents Wary After China Toys Recall
August 16, 2007 12:25 AM - By Matthew Bigg, Reuters

The recall of millions of Chinese-made toys by U.S. toy company Mattel Inc. will make Americans more cautious about buying toys made in China but will not deter them, parents said.

Chinese Officials To Visit U.S. For Safety Talks
August 16, 2007 12:15 AM - By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent, Reuters

China will send delegations to the United States in August and September to discuss food and product safety following a spate of product recalls, a Chinese Embassy official said on Wednesday. Zhao Baoqing, first commercial secretary of the embassy, told reporters the senior-level delegations would discuss the recent problems and Chinese safety measures with U.S. authorities from the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Houston Pipeline Company Fined $2.8 Million For Dumping Oil, Gas Into Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma Waterways
August 15, 2007 08:00 PM - PR Newswire

Two Houston-based oil and gas distributors will pay a civil penalty of approximately $2.8 million for discharging approximately 6,470 barrels of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil into multiple waterways in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma between November 2001 and May 2005, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The companies are TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC (collectively TEPPCO).

Freshwater supplies threatened in central Pacific
August 15, 2007 10:35 AM - Soil Science Society of America

Pacific island nations face most critical freshwater supply and sanitation problems in the world

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