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  • Air quality sensors track pollution

    Original story at MIT News Glimpses of blue sky are becoming a rare sight in Delhi, India’s capital, particularly in wintertime, when a thick white haze smothers the city. David Hagan, an MIT PhD candidate studying atmospheric chemistry and a Fellow in the MIT Tata Center for ...

  • Worldwide investments in combating water pollution

    An innovative market in water quality is rapidly emerging worldwide, as cash-strapped governments in countries as diverse as China, the United States, Brazil and Australia invest billions of public and private dollars in schemes that reward people who protect water resources, according to a new report that is the first to quantify payments for watershed services that could help avert a looming ...


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  • Thailand - water pollution control industry

    The current total market size for wastewater treatment is estimated at about $1.533 billion USD, with an average growth rate of about 10% per year (government sector $613 million USD, private sector $920 million USD). In general, construction and engineering services costs are 85% of the project with the remaining 15% for equipment. Thus, the market for wastewater treatment equipment is about ...


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  • Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution In the Works

    The soaring price of gold may be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide. The poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families. Experts also worry that the increased burning of coal, which naturally contains mercury, is causing the toxic to be released into the air and spread around the ...

  • Air pollutant emissions to exceed limits

    In 2010, around half of the European Union's Member States expect to surpass one or more of the legal limits set by the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive). The annual status report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that 11 countries anticipate an exceedance of their ceilings for NOx — some by more than 40 %. Of the four pollutants ...

  • EPA recognizes 52 organizations for environmental stewardship

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 52 organizations for their environmental stewardship during a Sustainable Materials Management recognition ceremony at Richland Community College in Garland, Texas. The ceremony recognized their environmental records under the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP), WasteWise Program, School Chemical ...

  • Using micro-organisms to monitor river health

    Monitoring changes in microscopic organisms called diatoms can assist in evaluating the quality of water over an entire river watershed. Researchers from France have developed a new index that could help Member States fulfill the EU's Water Framework Directive 2000 (WFD). The WFD aims to achieve good ecological and chemical status in surface water bodies by the year 2015. Diatoms are a type of ...

  • Nineteen organizations in the southeast recognized as leaders in energy efficiency

    Nineteen Energy Star partners in the southeast were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2011 Energy Star award for demonstrating leadership and commitment in protecting American’s health and the environment through energy efficiency achievements. Nationally, the 111 Energy Star partners include manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate ...

  • Human and physical geography affect organic nutrients in streams

    Rainfall causes carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, dissolved from natural, agricultural and urban sources, to run into rivers. This can affect water quality by promoting eutrophication, pollution and affecting water temperature and clarity. Researchers have recently studied differences in concentrations of these nutrients in streams across Europe. The Water Framework1 and Urban Wastewater2 ...

  • EPA Recognizes Individuals, Organizations for Climate Change Leadership

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership hosted the second annual Climate Leadership Awards, with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR). Twenty three winners will be given awards for their leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing ...

  • Pyrolisis of Organic Waste - Old Technique, New Implementation

    Oil produced by pyrolisis of organic waste could become an important source of renewable energy. The Dutch company BTG has recently delivered Malaysia’s first pyrolisis plant. Pyrolisis is a well-established technique which goes back to the 1950s. Essentially, it consists in reducing the primary or raw material at a very high temperature. In this case, organic waste is brought very rapidly to ...


  • Arab States Form New Sustainable Development Organization

    NAIROBI, Kenya (ENS) - Arab countries are working together to achieve sustainable development in a new regional nongovernmental organization backed by both public and private sectors. The Arab Forum for Environment and Development was introduced to the international environmental community today at the Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme underway in Nairobi. The Arab ...

  • International organizations to cooperate on greenhouse gas accounting

    In a move that will bolster confidence among the growing number of companies seeking to understand and manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, three organizations today announced that they will work together to promote their GHG accounting and reporting standards. ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for ...

  • EPA Honors Organizations for Supporting Green Power

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 24 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable electricity market. For most municipalities, electricity usage is the single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. By using green power, communities and businesses can ...

  • Maine organization selected for EPA environmental education grant

    Mt. Desert Island Biological Lab was one of 74 organizations in New England to apply for funding and one of four to receive part of the $219,094 awarded. The funding will be used over two years to educate students at Bangor and Waterville Senior High School about marine vegetative environments through stewardship activities. Students will take part in activities such as eel grass restoration and ...

  • Connecticut organization selected for EPA environmental education grant

    Education Connection was one of 74 organizations in New England to apply for funding and one of four to receive part of the $219,094 awarded. The funding will be used to train 10 teachers from five middle schools in western Connecticut on ways to integrate the environment into their curricula. The teachers will each get 20 hours of training and informal instruction as needed through the project. ...

  • EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Vermont Organization

    A Vermont organization that educates students about climate science was awarded $91,000 by the US Environmental Protection Agency to better prepare youth for the challenges of climate change. The Vermont Energy Education Program in Montpelier received the funding for its Vermont Climate Change & Education Project, which educates elementary and high school students and teachers throughout the ...

  • INSIGHTS: The Earth Needs a UN Environment Organization

    {Editor's Note: This speech was given by French President Jacques Chirac on the occasion of the Citizens of the Earth conference for global ecological governance on February 2, 2007} By President Jacques Chirac PARIS, France (ENS) - The planet is sick. The symptoms are its increasingly frequent extreme reactions - hurricanes, floods and droughts. Nature is sick. ...

  • Seven more pollutants banned by model protocol

    More persistent organic pollutants will be banned in Europe, following a decision by the parties behind the Protocol on Persistent organic pollutants. A few of these are already regulated in the USA, but common in the manufacturing of electronic equipment.The protocol to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution has been extended to include seven new substances shown to have ...


  • Bioremediation of antibiotic pollution by a salt-marsh plant

    The effects of antibiotic contamination may be attenuated by the common reed, new research shows. The study found that the common reed (Phragmites australis), sourced from a temperate estuary with brackish water, had capacity for the bioremediation of the veterinary antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR). The authors suggest that salt-marsh plants and their associated micro-organisms could be a valuable ...

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