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New map reveals tar-sands-ready refineries across Europe

by Transport and Environment (T&E)  (Nov. 24, 2015)

More than half of Europe’s oil refineries are ready to process ultra-high carbon tar sands, one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production, according to a comprehensive report on Europe’s refining industry released today [1]. Seventy-one out of Europe’s 95 refineries are ...

EPA says VW cheating software is on more vehicles

by Associated Press  (Nov. 21, 2015)

Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal widened Friday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker used software to cheat on pollution tests on more six-cylinder diesel vehicles than originally thought. Volkswagen told the EPA and the California Air Resources Board the software is on about 85,000 Volkswagen, ...

VW has only a few costly options to fix polluting diesels

by Associated Press  (Nov. 19, 2015)

When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars. It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that cuts pollution. The bigger exhaust will likely hurt performance and gas mileage, ...

Annual ADMS User Group Meetings attract record audiences

by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC)  (Nov. 17, 2015)

A record number of users of CERC’s ADMS 5, ADMS-Roads, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Airport air pollution dispersion models gathered last week in Manchester for the annual ADMS User Group Meetings. Delegates enjoyed a packed programme of presentations from CERC and guest speakers from ARUP, TRL, SEPA, Fichtner Consulting Engineers, Lithuanian EPA, ...

Traffic pollution associated with risk of developing type 2 diabetes

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Nov. 12, 2015)

Long-term exposure to traffic-related air particle pollution is linked with type 2 diabetes, a new study in Germany has found. Furthermore, the study found that people living close to busy roads were at greater risk of developing the disease than those living further away. Air pollution has been linked to a number of health problems, including ...

Air Quality Monitoring Network Contract Awarded to OPSIS

by Opsis AB  (Nov. 12, 2015)

OPSIS AB has been commissioned by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to assess the impact of KOC:s operations in the state of Kuwait. A network of air quality monitors will  be managed. Emissions to the air from KOC:s operations will be reported. A dispersion model will be used to determine the impact from KOC:s operations to the air quality in ...

EPA says Volkswagen cheated a 2nd time on pollution tests

by Associated Press  (Nov. 2, 2015)

The Volkswagen emissions scandal widened Monday when the U.S. government accused the German automaker of cheating for a second time. Although VW denied the charge, it faced the prospect of steeper fines and lost sales, as well as more intense scrutiny from disbelieving U.S. lawmakers. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California ...

Noise mapping and prediction to the latest standards

by Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S  (Oct. 30, 2015)

Brüel & Kjær has announced new enhancements to Predictor-LimA, its powerful and intuitive noise mapping and prediction software. This update means that Predictor-LimA now provides: • Internationally recognized proof of calculation method compliance according to ISO 17534 software quality assurance • Compliance ...

Abrupt climate change can occur below 2°C warming

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 18, 2015)

Climate change could arrive with startling speed. New research has identified at least 37 “tipping points” that would serve as evidence that climate change has happened – and happened abruptly in one particular region. And 18 of them could happen even before the world warms by an average of 2°C, the proposed “safe ...

Climate scientists say Europe faces a big chill

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 16, 2015)

Two separate and very different studies have confirmed a climate paradox − that global warming and a slowdown in the Atlantic Ocean currents could trigger climate change and bring a prolonged chill in Europe. One researcher argues that not only could it happen, it must have happened every 1,500 years or so during the last Ice Age, and that ...

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