• Platinum-free fuel cell developed in Japan

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd said on Friday it has developed a technology to make fuel cells without platinum, the precious metal used in the electrolyte process in existing hydrogen-based fuel cells. By using alkali, instead of acid, anion exchange membranes, Daihatsu's fuel cell can work with less costly metals which are less resistant to corrosion than platinum, such as cobalt or nickel, Daihatsu said in a statement. >> Read the Full Article
  • Survey: 65 Percent of Americans Oppose Mountaintop Removal

    WASHINGTON, - Two out of three Americans (65 percent) oppose the Bush Administration's proposed rule "to ease environmental regulations to permit wider use of 'mountain top removal' coal mining in the U.S.," according to a national opinion survey. >> Read the Full Article
  • Experts: Climate change puts sea at risk

    Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Eating Less Meat May Slow Climate Change

    Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Russia, China, India Top Worst-Polluted List

    Four of the world's 10 most polluted places are in Russia and two former Soviet republics, an independent environmental group said in a report released on Wednesday. Encompassing seven countries, the top 10 sites may cause some 12 million people to suffer health problems ranging from asthma and other respiratory ailments to birth defects and premature death, the New York-based Blacksmith Institute said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Haze of confusion over most-polluted city list

    A U.S. group's report naming the Chinese city of Tianjin as one of the world's most polluted places apparently confused the large northern port with a notorious lead-processing town in the country's east. Tianjin, with more than 10 million people, gained unwelcome global attention on Wednesday when the New York-based Blacksmith Institute named it as one of the world's most heavily polluted places for its outpouring of toxins from scrap lead processing. >> Read the Full Article
  • Great Lakes waters are overdue for cleanup

    A panting border collie patrols a steamy Chicago beach, chasing away sea gulls before they can foul the sand. A sign asks beach goers to toss their trash in a bin and change their children's dirty diapers.
    Chicagoans are among the millions who flock each summer to hundreds of beaches that line the shores of the five Great Lakes, the vast inland seas that are collectively the world's second-largest body of fresh water and provide drinking water for 40 million Americans and Canadians. >> Read the Full Article
  • China Clamping Down On Polluters

    Beijing, China - Chinese leaders are vowing a more aggressive prosecution of polluters, keeping in step with demands from the public there for tougher enforcement of anti-pollution laws. More than 8,000 Chinese enterprises have been penalized for pollution offenses in the first eight months of this year but the vice director of China's environmental watchdog believes the results are "far below" the expectations of the public. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mandatory Testing Needed For Toys: Consumers Union

    Washington, D.C. - China's agreement with the U.S. government to eliminate the use of lead paint on toys exported to the U.S., announced today, is long overdue, says the Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. The U.S. first banned lead paint on toys in 1978. "All exporters, including China, have an obligation to comply with U.S. law when exporting to this country," said Donald Mays, Senior Director of Product Safety Planning and Technical Administration for Consumers Union. "The flurry of recent recalls has undermined confidence in the safety of toys. Parents need to trust the toys they buy won't harm their children." >> Read the Full Article
  • Ontario’s Political Leaders, Polluted?

    Toronto, Ontario – Tests reveal that three Ontario political leaders - who willingly submitted to the testing - are contaminated with pollutants found in the environment and in everyday products, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. For the first time in Canada, Environmental Defense tested for bisphenol A (found in hard plastic bottles and tin can linings), a hormone disruptor that is under review by the federal government. >> Read the Full Article