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  • EIP: 100,000 Tons of Pollution Tied to

    "Accidents" and other non-routine events at Texas oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants released almost 100,000 tons of pollution from 2009-2011, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) based on data gatheredfrom a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) database. Separately, EIP today indicated that it will pursue ...

  • When oxygen makes pollution worse

    Oxidation of sulfides in mining wastes produces high concentrations of sulfate, iron, and other metals, and frequently also very low pH values. Compared to fine-grain mine tailings, produced in ore treatment by flotation and other techniques, waste rock is just displaced material comprising large size particles and deposited in waste rock piles. In waste rock piles with high permeability and ...

  • Avoiding harmful ozone pollution this summer

    High summer temperatures combined with air pollution can cause ground-level ozone to form, which has serious effects on health, especially for older people or children, or those with asthma and other breathing problems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) presents some useful information on protecting your health from ground-level ozone this summer. To date, the highest concentrations ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • Diesel Fumes May be More Polluting than Gasoline

    During a recent study conducted in California, researchers took air samples from California’s San Joaquin Valley and an Oakland traffic tunnel and performed a chemical analysis. The results indicated that diesel fuel emissions are actually more polluting than many perceive, according to the LA Times. The study specifically focused on the pollutant known as secondary organic aerosol (SOA), a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EQuIS chosen by Minnesota pollution control agency

    EarthSoft announced today that it has received a large year-end purchase order from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for EQuIS software. The MPCA configuration includes EarthSoft’s Sample Planning Module (SPM) for organizing and preparing for sampling activities with electronic chain of custodies and a Completeness Checker. MPCA also ordered Unlimited Distribution Licenses of both ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • EPA Funds Local Group to Fight Pollution in Manhattan

    NEW YORK, New York, September 26, 2007 (ENS) - WE ACT for Environmental Justice got a boost today as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, officials visited the group's northern Manhattan center to present the a check for $100,000 - a Community Action for a Renewed Environment, CARE, grant. WE ACT is a nonprofit, community-based, environmental justice organization that builds ...

  • Olympic groups to monitor Brazil`s polluted waters

    Olympic sports federations will be monitoring efforts to clean up the polluted waters around Rio de Janeiro to prevent health risks to athletes at the 2016 Games. An Associated Press report this week showed nearly 70 percent of Rio's sewage is untreated and dumped into iconic beach areas like Copacabana and Ipanema and picturesque Guanabara Bay. Those waters will host several of Rio's events at ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pesticides - Easier detection of pollution and impact in rivers

    The long-term effects of pesticides on living organisms in rivers and on water quality can now be assessed more easily. Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) have developed a tool that can estimate the harmful effect of pesticides, such as those flushed into rivers and streams from agricultural land, within minutes. 'It used to be very difficult to detect which ...

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