• China Drafts Laws To Curb Pollution

    BEIJING - China began deliberating a draft law aimed at boosting energy saving and emissions reductions on Sunday, its latest effort to curb widespread resource waste and degradation. >> Read the Full Article
  • Land Mines And Laundry Soap

    EARTH TALK From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the status of the land mines issue popularized by Princess Diana and Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, Heather Mills? How many mines have been removed? How many are left? What is being done? -- Jonas Schultz, via e-mail >> Read the Full Article
  • Smog Smothers Japan, Experts Point to China

    Smog is menacing Japanese cities for the first time in 30 years and cropping up in rural areas for the first time ever, alarming the government and prompting experts to point the finger at neighboring China. Warnings for high levels of hazardous smog have been issued in a record 28 prefectures so far this year, from sparsely populated isles in southern Japan to Niigata, western Japan, where 350 people have suffered stinging eyes and throats. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. Panel Sets Sept 19 Hearing On Lead-Tainted Toys

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee has demanded information from Mattel Inc, Target Corp and 17 other companies that recalled lead-tainted children's products made in China this year, the panel said on Thursday. The U.S. House subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection will also hold a September 19 hearing on how to protect U.S. children from toys, jewelry and other imported products with lead paint. >> Read the Full Article
  • Pa. Governor Signs Law To Expand Alternative Energy Use, Solar Industries

    ERIE, Pa. - The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a bill today to grow the alternative energy industry in that state. He did it while visiting an Erie County middle school that is adding a 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of its renovation. The solar panels were funded with a $250,000 grant through the state's Energy Harvest program. >> Read the Full Article
  • Earth Conservancy Receives Pa. Governor's Environmental Award

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They transformed a Pennsylvania waste dump into a beautiful green space. And today, the environmentalist group Earth Conservancy was honored with recognition from the state's top environmental official. >> Read the Full Article
  • EPA Claims Stricter U.S. Refinery Emission Rules Not Needed

    WASHINGTON - According to the US government, health risks linked with toxic air pollution from crude oil refineries are "acceptably low" and "don't justify" tighter federal rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The EPA was required to review its policy on refinery pollutants by a settlement reached in 2006 with environmental groups like the Sierra Club, who had sued the agency in 2005 for missing a 2003 deadline for issuing its review. >> Read the Full Article
  • China Takes Steps to Restore Polluted River Basins

    Early last month, China’s top environmental authority, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), announced a decision to suspend the approval of all new industrial projects in 13 cities and industrial parks along four major rivers that are suffering from severe water pollution >> Read the Full Article
  • Bush Administration Set to Ease Legal Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

    Continuing a dangerous and irresponsible trend, the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) this week will announce plans to try again to make stream annihilation legal by exempting coal mining wastes from a 1983 regulation. >> Read the Full Article
  • Lead Causes More U.S. Recalls of China-made Toys

    Excessive amounts of lead paint on toys and other children's products led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a recall of more than 300,000 Chinese-made items on Wednesday. The recall includes about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals because they may have excessive levels of lead paint on their metal spiral bindings. >> Read the Full Article