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  • 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 ...

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • UN: CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

    World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday. The heat-trapping gas, pumped into the air by cars and smokestacks, was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year, said the Geneva-based World Meteorological ...


    By Associated Press

  • Global health impact of PM2.5 air pollution assessed

    PM2.5 air pollution can have a significant impact on human health, not only for local populations, but also in regions far from its source of emission, shows a new study. The study calculates ‘damage factors’ to human health of PM2.5 and in different parts of the world. PM2.5, made up of any particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, is emitted from various sources, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • America`s toxic 10 corporate polluters

    America's 'Toxic 10,' a special report put out by Conde Nast portfolio.com, demonstrates that we have entered a new realm of corporate environmental governance. We frequently read headlines that highlight corporate sustainability initiatives, like 'Ford's New Green Roof Initiative' or 'Boeing's New Fuel-Efficient Airplanes.' But the sad reality is that corporate giants, by and large, continue to ...

  • European sensors will monitor radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures

    Wireless sensor networks are currently receiving huge attention as a basic tool to detect emergency events or monitor physical parameters of interest, such as radiation, pollution and extreme temperatures. The WINSOC project, supported by the EU with EUR 2.44 million in funding, is developing innovative sensor networks that mimic biological systems. With these new sensors, the project partners ...

  • Pollutants released by seafloor trawling affect marine life

    Commercial bottom trawling, the technique of pulling fishing gear across the seabed to catch fish and other seafood, releases pollutants trapped in the seabed, which can negatively affect local marine life and ecosystems. Recent findings from a Norwegian fjord show how mussels can take up high levels of contaminants released by trawling, with important health implications for consumers. ...

  • Workshop on emerging pollutants in non-industrial indoor environments

    Exposure to semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in non-industrial indoor air and dust is an important exposure pathway for humans, since we spend a high proportion of our time in indoor environments – and the levels of some SVOCs are often higher indoors than outdoors. Despite this, there is still lack of knowledge on the occurrence and distribution of emerging SVOCs in non-industrial ...

  • NRDC: Polluter Partnership Wrong to Reject Climate Action

    The following is a statement from Peter Altman, Climate Campaign director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on misguided complaints issued today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future about proposed first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. “Big polluters are seeking to protect their profits over public health. The fact is ...

  • Booth and Poster Präsentation at Transport and Air Pollution 2010

    IVU Umwelt will be present with a booth and two contributions to the poster programme at the International Symposium 'Transport and Air Pollution' 2010. Poster: A monitoring system to control effects and effectiveness of traffic measures in urban areas Poster: Analysis of the impacts of an environmental traffic management system on vehicle emissions and air quality The ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • UK emissions of air pollutants - 2007 results

    Defra has published 2007 results from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) for UK emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia. HEADLINE RESULTS * Emissions of each of the four pollutants have fallen between 2006 and 2007, with decreases of 2 per cent for NMVOCs, 3 per cent for ammonia, 7 per cent for nitrogen oxides, ...


  • President Obama Highlights Need for Carbon Pollution Limits

    The following is a statement on President Obama's State-of-the-Union address tonight from Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Power plants account for 40 percent of our carbon pollution, and President Obama tonight underscored why we must move quickly to impose limits on them, as we do now for other pollutants. “His Climate Action Plan points the way ...

  • Using GIS tools to analyze, compute, and predict pollution

    Preterm birth, the leading cause of neonatal mortality in the U.S., may be associated with exposure to legacy and emergent contaminants in the environment. Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of preterm birth, as well as density of Superfund Sites in the United States. As part of NIEHS’s Superfund Research Program, the Puerto Rico Test site for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Record pollution fine for McDonald`s supplier in China

    A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said late Wednesday that Beijing environmental officials levied a record fine of 3.8 million yuan, or more than $650,000, against Beijing ...


    By Associated Press

  • China to target polluters with tougher fines and penalties

    China's Supreme Court and environmental protection agencies have issued a new judicial explanations that will impose harsher punishments on polluters. The new rules, which take effect this week, are intended to streamline the process for investigating environmental pollution cases and in convicting polluters. With more precise criteria for convictions and sentencing, the new rules are expected to ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Ambient Pollution Monitoring Stations For Smelter Plants

    Environnement S.A is pleased to announce a new order from NALCO India (National Aluminium Company Ltd) for the supply of 3 complete AQMS stations including analyzers such as AF22M (for SO2 monitoring) / AC32M (for NO, NO2, NOx) / CO12M (for CO and CO2 monitoring)  / MP101M particulate monitors (for PM10 / PM2.5)  for air pollution monitoring of a Smelter Plant located in Angul ...


    By Environnement S.A

  • A&WMA and WEF present odors and air pollutants conference

    The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), in cooperation with the North Carolina Water Environment Association, will present “Odors and Air Pollutants 2010,” March 21-24, 2010, in Charlotte, NC. As communities grow in size and population, more municipal, industrial, and agricultural facilities are confronted with issues related to odors ...

  • Air Pollution Can Alter Effectiveness of Antibiotics

    Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time discovered that bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution - increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment. The interdisciplinary study, which has been published in the journal Environmental Microbiology, has important implications for the ...


    By Camfil Ltd

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