• Hydrologists To Study Climate Change Effects On Sierra Lakes

    RIVERSIDE, California - Researchers will try to understand how climate change affects the rate of atmospheric deposition of nutrients - elements or compounds essential to the growth and survival of organisms - in mountain lakes. They'll also be looking at how increases in the deposition of such nutrients threaten the lakes' plant and animal species. Fossil fuel combustion by humans has multiple effects, one of which - an increase in greenhouse gas emissions - results in climate change and an increase in atmospheric pollutants such as nitrogen. More available nitrogen, in turn, results in increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition. >> Read the Full Article
  • Toys 'R' Us Recalls 27,000 Chinese-Made Lead-Tainted Coloring Cases

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • How to Clean Up the Slums -- Cook on Garbage

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Pennsylvania Joins Multi-State War On Mercury

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • GMO Contamination Sometimes Not So Obvious

    IOWA - In spring 2000, Greg Matteson was preparing documents for the annual inspection of his organic farm in Shelby, Montana, when he noticed something disturbing. The label on a seed inoculant called “Dormal PLUS” that he had used on yellow blossom sweet clover said “genetically modified.” >> Read the Full Article
  • NASA Satellites Eye Coastal Water Quality

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hi-Tech Test Will Catch Vehicle Fuel Vapor Leaks In California

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Group Accuses Chevron Of Unethical Tactics In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Kids At Risk, Christian Leaders Call For FDA To Control Tobacco

    NASHVILLE - A diverse coalition of clergy and lay members from throughout Tennessee called on southern congressmen and women to support legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. The new legislation would protect kids from tobacco and save lives. As members of the House Subcommittee on Health, Representatives Gordon and Blackburn will play a key role in advancing this legislation, H.R. 1108, The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. >> Read the Full Article
  • Olympic Champ Has Plan To Beat Beijing Pollution

    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." >> Read the Full Article