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  • Forest fires increase mercury emissions

    Mercury is a global pollutant arising from many sources, including biomass burning (BMB), which includes both wildfires and intentional fires to clear land. A recent study estimates that mercury emissions from BMB make up 8 per cent of total global mercury emissions. Mercury emissions from BMB have received growing attention. Forests in particular act as mercury sinks because atmospheric mercury ...

  • EPA issues stringent emission standards for coal- and oil-fired power plants

    In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants. The new power plant mercury and air toxics standards - which eliminate 20 years of uncertainty across industry - would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • US Settlement with Minnesota Coal-fired Utility to Reduce Emissions, Fund Projects to Benefit Environment and Communities

    In a settlement with the United States, Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company based in Duluth, has agreed to install pollution control technology and meet stringent emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from the company’s three coal-fired power plants located in Cohasset, Hoyt Lakes, and Schroeder, Minnesota, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...

  • Toxic emissions, they’re in the water

    After decades of hammering on corporations to reduce their toxic air emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now focusing on another source of nasty pollution, corporate water emissions. Although the Clean Water Act has technically been in place for well over three decades, the EPA has been lax in enforcing regulations, often due to thinly-stretched resources.Coal-fired power ...


  • Government delivers on emissions plan

    The federal government has released detail of an aggressive regulatory framework designed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% of 2006 levels by 2020. Building on the Turning the Corner framework announced in April 2007, the new federal plan outlines details of a national carbon offset trading program as well as progressively tougher new regulations to tackle emissions from ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Are emissions fueling Australian droughts?

    American scientists have just confirmed that parts of Australia are being slowly parched because of greenhouse gas emissions – which means that the long-term decline in rainfall over south and south-west Australia is a consequence of fossil fuel burning and depletion of the ozone layer by human activity. Such a finding is significant for two reasons. One remains contentious: it is one thing ...


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  • Wildfires Spew Carbon Emissions Into the Atmosphere

    BOULDER, Colorado, November 1, 2007 (ENS) - Severe wildfires can contribute as much as vehicles to carbon emissions in some U.S. states, although the amount is highly variable, according to a study based on satellite data. New research published in the journal 'Carbon Balance and Management' quantifies these emissions and suggests fires will complicate emissions monitoring and modelling efforts. ...

  • Survey to assess sustainability of the fire suppression industry

    Leonardo Academy is conducting a survey to begin a sustainability assessment of the fire suppression industry. Building owners, managers and occupants can fill out a 5-minute survey to contribute to understanding the environmental and sustainability impacts of this industry. To assess the sustainability of the fire suppression industry, information on fire suppression systems currently in place ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Emission sources identified in Huon Study

    Emissions from domestic wood-fired heaters in southern Tasmania's Huon Valley dwarf emissions from forest regeneration burns, according to a new CSIRO study. "Smoke plume events from prescribed burns do impact the air quality and occasionally exceed the 24-hour standard concentration for particulates but wood-fired heater emissions lead to particulate concentrations that are seven ...

  • Rice husk biomass fired boiler in China

    Rice husk biomass fired boiler can be found in the 3 kinds of designs, for small capacities from 2 t/hr to 35 t/hr, we now have an package type Boiler design with internal furnace design. Highly efficient: the application of reproducible biomass energy is of low priced, reducing overhead by 30-60% compared to oil (gas). Low-carbon: low soot, ...


  • Future fire – still a wide open climate question

    How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood. Dr Keywood said it is likely that fire – one of nature’s primary carbon-cycling mechanisms – will become an increasingly important driver of atmospheric change as the world ...

  • Committed carbon emissions are rising fast

    Challenging news for those climate campaigners who believe that renewable sources of energy are on the increase: they may be, but so are carbon dioxide emissions. Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine and Robert Socolow of Princeton University in the US report in the journal Environmental Research Letters that existing power plants will emit 300 billion tons of additional carbon ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Office-related carbon emissions surge

    The office is becoming a major driver of climate change. Despite ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency in the workplace, the world's growing reliance on the Internet is leading to a rapid increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The energy required to power all the world's computers, data storage, and communications networks is expected to double by 2020, according to a new McKinsey & Company ...

  • London fire brigade leads climate change fight

    The London Fire Brigade was rewarded for its efforts to fight climate change as it came top in the Sustainable City Awards, scooping the main trophy as well as the sustainable procurement award. Four London fire stations are already equipped with solar panels or wind turbines and the organisation is running on 100% green electricity from suppliers n-power and Scottish & Southern. With other ...

  • Emissions cuts boost health and wealth

    Going green by switching to renewable sources of electricity could be good business for the US, according to new research. A report by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California says that cutting greenhouse gas emissions meant that the US as a whole was $2.2 billion better off in 2013. And as a result of reductions in other forms of air ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Reservoirs: a neglected source of methane emissions

    Substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas methane are released not only from large tropical reservoirs but also from run-of-the-river reservoirs in Switzerland, especially in the summer, when water temperatures are higher. This was demonstrated by Eawag scientists at Lake Wohlen, near Bern – a finding which slightly tarnishes the reputation of hydropower as a climate-neutral way of ...

  • Harvesting energy from CO2 emissions

    The emissions from power plants and factories are a source of energy. When combustion gases mix with the outside air, energy is released. This was discovered by environmental technologists of Wageningen UR (University & Research center) and Water Technology Institute Wetsus. They also devised a method to capture that energy and turn it into electricity. Discovery makes climate goals ...

  • A new global map of ammonia emissions

    For the first time, a global map of atmospheric ammonia emissions has been produced using satellite measurements. This opens up new ways to survey air quality and monitor the Earth's atmospheric chemistry from space. Modern agricultural practices, especially intensive farming methods and widespread fertiliser use, are mainly responsible for ammonia emissions, which have more than doubled since ...

  • Kansas Denies Air Permit for New Coal-Fired Generators

    TOPEKA, Kansas, October 18, 2007 (ENS) - Concerned about clean air and global warming, Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, KDHE, has denied the air quality permit for the two proposed coal-fired generators at the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation plant near Holcomb. The proposed $3.6 billion 700-megawatt generators have been the subject of ...

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