urban pollution News

  • FedEx and NFWF announce Urban conservation projects

    FedEx Corp. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today the six local projects selected to receive funding and FedEx team member volunteer support in 2010 through a unique collaboration to address the most pressing urban environmental challenges in major U.S. cities. Grants will be award to local nonprofits in Los Angeles, Memphis, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco ...

  • Reducing noise pollution - success stories

    A project in Ireland has won the European Soundscape Award 2014 for its work on acoustic planning and urban sound design. The prize, presented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Thursday evening in Bern, recognises initiatives that can help reduce noise and create healthy soundscapes. Noise pollution can increase stress levels or disturb sleep, affecting human health. Prolonged exposure ...

  • Flexible approaches to managing air pollution

    Managing air quality has become an increasingly complex partnership between regional, national and local bodies in Europe. A recent study explores the development and achievements of urban air quality management over recent decades, from controlling emissions at source to new, flexible approaches, based on managing risks associated with impacts on health and the environment. The future of air ...

  • Reducing Waste Pollution in the Southern Mediterranean

    Countries bordering the south and east of the Mediterranean need to continually improve many aspects of environmental management to reduce pollution in the sea, according to a new assessment. The "Horizon 2020 Mediterranean report - Toward shared environmental information systems" has been coordinated by the European ...

  • 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 ...

  • How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?

    Spanish and Dutch researchers have evaluated the environmental impact of chemical pollutants in wastewater in Spain. The results suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated. Water pollution is the main environmental concern for EU citizens, according to an EC ...

  • Cities stem the tide of polluted water

    Cities of all sizes are tackling their water pollution problems, such as stormwater runoff and sewage overflow, by employing green infrastructure and design -- and they will save money as a result, according to a peer-reviewed report released by the ...


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  • China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing

    Air quality is one of the most critical environmental issues in China. CERC, in partnership with the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, held a China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing on 13 June 2017. There were 20 speakers at the event, with ...

  • Producing clean water from urban sewage streams in India

    Recently in India a project started for local treatment of urban sewage streams for healthy reuse (LOTUS HR). This project aims to clean one of the most polluted streams in Delhi. “India is facing its worst water crisis in a decade,” says Tanya Singh of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra). “Its rapid urbanization keeps on putting more stress on fresh water supply, while ...

  • EPA acts to strengthen stormwater pollution controls in guam

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a decision to require all dischargers of urban stormwater in Guam to obtain permits to control pollution in runoff from urbanized areas of the island. Today’s action designates all current and future municipal stormwater sources in Guam to follow Clean Water Act permitting requirements. Municipal stormwater is a leading cause of water ...

  • US$100m for urban water management in Chinese city of Bengbu

    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a loan of US$100 million to the People’s Republic of China to help improve the water supply and manage wastewater in a major urban area of Anhui Province – around 400 kilometers west of Shanghai in the east of the country. The Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project will focus on improving water management in the middle and ...


    By The World Bank

  • Innovyze Releases InfoSWMM Sustain for Comprehensive Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the worldwide release of InfoSWMM Sustain. Designed in response to the needs of watershed and stormwater engineering professionals, this power tool lets users develop, evaluate, and select ...


    By Innovyze

  • TODAY: EPA Administrator Media Call to Release Findings on Urban Air Toxics

    Today, at 11 a.m. EDT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a media conference call to discuss the second and final Integrated Urban Air Toxics (IUAT) Report to Congress. The report highlights the progress and remaining challenges since the release of the IUAT Strategy in 1999 in working with state, local and tribal agencies to help communities ...

  • Innovyze Unveils InfoSWMM Sustain for Comprehensive Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the second quarter 2015 release of InfoSWMM Sustain. Designed in response to the needs of watershed and stormwater engineering professionals, this power tool lets users develop, evaluate, and select optimal best management practice (BMP) combinations at various ...


    By Innovyze

  • Urban trees could improve air quality, according to EU study

    Planting trees in urban areas could cut particulate pollution in cities by as much as a quarter, according to a new study. Small air particles, especially those less than 10μm in diameter (PM10) pose a long-term threat to human health. These can originate from human activities, including exhaust fumes or smoke, or from natural causes, such as dust. The study shows that trees are particularly ...

  • Mobility Week envisages cleaner air through alternative urban transport

    Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, which begins today. This year the week runs until 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens to improve their health and wellbeing by ...


    By European Commission

  • EPA to provide nearly $2 million to revitalize U.S. Urban Waters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans’ health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from ...

  • Mobility Week envisages cleaner air through alternative urban transport

    Over 2000 European towns and cities are expected to participate in the 12th edition of European Mobility Week, which begins today. This year the week runs until 22 September under the slogan ‘Clean air – It’s your move!’. The campaign raises awareness about the impact of transport on local air quality, and encourages citizens to improve their health and wellbeing by ...

  • IDB approves US$56m for urban environmental program in Brazil

    The Inter-American Development Bank announced on Monday the approval of a US$56.7 million loan to the Municipality of Goiânia for an urban environmental program in the Macambira and Anicuns River watersheds. The program will help mitigate the impact of haphazard settlement along riverbanks and promote citizen participation in sustainable development of the city of Goiânia, located in west-central ...

  • Mexico City the Model Megacity for Pollution Study

    As one of the world's biggest urban sprawls and home to some of the planet's worst pollution Mexico City makes the ideal subject for a science experiment on a grand scale. Mexico City A team from the USA's National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be leading one of the most complex research projects ever to look at atmospheric chemistry to track the changes in air pollution as ...

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