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  • 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, ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Common IAQ Pollutants Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate people about issues that may impact their health.  Their latest educational video discusses common indoor air quality (IAQ) pollutants. In today’s world, most people spend the majority of their time indoors.  Whether at home, school or at the office, some ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • CEC receives submission on atmospheric pollution in suburban Montreal

    On 29 August 2008, Yvon Otis (the “Submitter”) filed a submission with the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) alleging that the government of Quebec, and more precisely, the Metropolitan Community of Montreal (Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal, CMM) is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law with regard to gasoline vapour emissions from service ...

  • Tougher law to curb water pollution in China

    China's top legislature has adopted an amended water pollution law that toughens punishment of company officials through hefty fines. 'Enterprise heads directly responsible for causing severe water pollution incidents and others with direct responsibility will be fined up to half of their income of the previous year,' says the revised Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law.  The law, which ...


  • Asthma and Air Pollutants Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses asthma and common asthma triggers that impact close to 25 million Americans with the condition. “The CDC states that people with asthma have it all the time, but they will only have asthma attacks when something ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Scottish Water fined for polluting Aberdeenshire burn

    Scottish Water was fined GBP5,000 after they failed to comply with their licence to discharge sewage effluent into the Durris burn, and failed to comply with an improvement notice. The water company pled guilty at Stonehaven Sheriff Court. The matter was investigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The discharge licence placed a limit on ...

  • Geostatistics regains interest in the characterization of chemical soil pollutions

    To evaluate the pollution impact, such characterization is usually based on various data that should be interpreted and analyzed with an estimation of related uncertainties. Geostatistics has been suitably applied in this framework for about fifteen years. Several Ph.D. theses have been dedicated to the subject, both for chemical and radiological pollution (see for instance ...


    By Geovariances

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