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Albatrosses’ survival seriously threatened by mercury and pollutants

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 25, 2014)

Mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) reduce albatrosses’ chances of successfully breeding, a recent study finds. These pollutants add to the list of environmental pressures, including climate change, disease and fishery bycatch, affecting this highly threatened species. Seabirds, such as albatrosses, are at risk of consuming high ...

New NRDC Report: China’s Ports Play Major Role in Country’s Air Pollution Problems

by Natural Resources Defense Council  (Oct. 28, 2014)

China’s largely unregulated ports and shipping system generate significant air pollution that imposes a huge health and environmental burden and contributes to the country’s over 1 million pollution-related deaths each year, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense ...

U.S. EPA requires cleanup, fines Sims Metal Management for polluting San Francisco Bay

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 18, 2014)

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice fined Sims Metal Management $189,500 for polluting San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Since at least the early 1990s, Sims operated a conveyor belt without adequate pollution controls to prevent materials from falling ...

Marine environment adequately covered despite complex legislation

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Nov. 20, 2014)

More than 200 pieces of English and EU-wide marine environmental legislation have been analysed in a recent review. While complex, the legislation adequately covered all areas of the marine environment, the authors conclude. However, there is opportunity to remove overlap and conflicts between different legislation and improve cross-border ...

Black Sea in Pollution Crisis: Georgian Communities Take Action

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Aug. 20, 2014)

Following decades of pollutants entering its waters, the Black Sea is now facing an environmental crisis of extreme proportions, and is considered one of the most environmentally degraded regional seas in the world. Every year, about 350 cubic km of river water pours into the Black Sea, which has resulted in soaring pollution levels, threatening ...

EPA Reaches Agreement with Municipality of Culebra Puerto Rico to Address Water Pollution in Atlantic Ocean

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Sep. 9, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced a legal settlement with the Municipality of Culebra for discharging pollutants from the Parcelas Culebra Lot Development into the Culebra Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. This sewer system discharges into to the Ensenada Honda, the Lobina Lagoon, and the ...

Plastics can concentrate toxic pollutants, endangering marine ecosystems

by European Commission, Environment DG  (May 2, 2013)

Plastic debris is a serious environmental concern, as a physical pollutant as well as a chemical pollutant when it breaks down in the marine environment. A new study has now shown that plastics can also concentrate other pollutants, with significantly higher concentrations of toxic pollutants adhering to soft, rubbery plastics, rather than hard, ...

Primozone part of 3 projects for removal of micro pollutants financed by the Swedish government

by Primozone Production AB  (Jun. 24, 2014)

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM has awarded 10 million Swedish kronor to six different projects for purification of waste water from pharmaceutical residues. Primozone is involved in half of the projects The Swedish government is investing 10 million as a first step in a 4-year project to improve the purification of ...

EPA Reducing Air Pollution from Old Diesel Engines; Grants Provide $1.1 Million to Protect People from Harmful Air Pollution

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (May 27, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is supporting local efforts to reduce air pollution in the New York City metropolitan area by providing a total of $1.1 million to help two organizations replace old, dirty diesel engines on boats with less polluting models. The projects will cut emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter ...

Plastic litter can pass on pollutants and chemical additives to marine wildlife

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2014)

New research has provided the first conclusive evidence that microplastics ingested by marine wildlife can transfer toxic pollutants to their tissues. The researchers studied lugworms fed on PVC particles contaminated with either widespread marine pollutants or plastic additives and found that these ‘earthworms of the sea’ absorbed the ...

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