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Microplastic pollution’s effects explored for two key marine species: mussels and lugworms

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Apr. 30, 2015)

Mussels exposed to high levels of microplastic pollution display signs of stress, new research has shown. However, levels of exposure were higher than found in the wild and no effect on the energy reserves of either mussels or lugworms was observed in the lab. tests. The researchers caution that longer experiments may be needed to reveal ...

EPA, Product Stewardship Institute, and University of California Launch Toolkit to Reduce Marine Debris

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (May 8, 2015)

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California announced the launch of a new Marine Debris Campus Toolkit designed to help college campuses and other institutions cut their plastic waste to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit, funded by an EPA grant, ...

EPA Recognizes Efforts of More Than 400 Federal Facilities for Green Leadership: Reducing Pollution, Conserving Energy and Saving Money

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Apr. 28, 2015)

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the efforts of more than 400 federal facilities that took steps to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently in 2014 as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), resulting in an estimated cost savings to U.S. taxpayers of more than $24 million. The ...

Pollution and overfishing are public’s biggest marine concerns

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 8, 2015)

A pan-European survey has revealed the public’s awareness, concerns and priorities about human impacts on the oceans. The results show high levels of concern about marine pollution in particular, and that, generally, respondents were most concerned about the issues they felt most informed about. The study could help policymakers develop ...

Air pollution modelling could help predict algal blooms

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Mar. 19, 2015)

Models that predict how nitrogen from the air is deposited in the sea could be useful in predicting algal blooms. Based on the knowledge that excess nitrogen increases algal growth rates, researchers simulated nitrogen deposition in the North Sea and suggested that, using predicted weather data, it might be possible to adapt this approach to ...

Shipping oil pollution: new hazard mapping method developed

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Mar. 19, 2015)

A new method for mapping the spread of oil released by ships is presented in a recent study, where it is applied to the Adriatic and Ionian Seas of the Mediterranean. The method pulls together a range of data, including information on shipping routes, oil particle behaviour, currents and climate. In this case study, it reveals pollution hotspots ...

EPA Reducing Air Pollution from Old Diesel Engines; Grants Provide $1.18 Million to Protect People from Harmful Air Pollution

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 20, 2015)

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 $1.18 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 ...

Scientific Sailing Expedition Kicks Off to Safeguard Oceans from Plastic Pollution

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Mar. 13, 2015)

The "Race for Water Odyssey" (R4WO) has cut to the chase by dropping anchor in Bordeaux, the expedition's departure city. Initiated by the "Race for Water" Foundation, the R4WO aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in oceans. In 300 days, the expedition crew will cover over 40,000 nautical miles in a specially designed ...

Sudden changes in marine ecosystems should be addressed through multi-targeted approach

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 19, 2015)

The world’s marine ecosystems are at risk of sudden and damaging changes. The authors of a recent study say that co-ordinated management of the many drivers of marine changes, such as overfishing and pollution, is needed across international, national and local scales to help avoid the ‘regime shifts’ that affect ecosystem ...

MTU America Inc., Agrees to Conduct Proper Testing to Ensure Engines Meet Air Pollution Standards

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 24, 2015)

MTU America Inc. (MTU), a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, will implement an auditing program to ensure proper emissions testing and compliance with federal emission standards for its heavy-duty diesel non-road engines as part of a settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ...

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