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  • $2.5 Million to Prevent Puget Sound Pollution

    OLYMPIA, Washington, September 7, 2007 (ENS) - A new Washington state program offers $2.5 million to help local governments in the 12 Puget Sound counties conduct small business technical assistance to reduce and prevent water pollution. Nearly 70 percent of the state's hazardous waste generators are in the Puget Sound region - thousands of small businesses. The Department of ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed

    The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies. The report highlights key findings of the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

    Almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM), one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants which cause acidification, but a new report published today by the European ...

  • EPA and Public Lab Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $52,185 to the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab). The organization will train community members and wetland restoration advocates to monitor and track progress at eight ongoing urban wetland restoration projects near Lake Pontchartrain. The training will include introduction to basic science, technology, ...

  • Local people place different values on urban sustainability indicators

    Progress towards achieving a sustainable urban environment may be measured by sustainability indicators (SIs), which can be chosen to represent values that are important to local communities. A recent study has assessed a set of SIs developed by both sustainability experts and local citizens and suggests that local communities can attach different values to SIs to reflect local values and ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution need better communication

    Reductions in air pollution in European cities significantly reduce the number of premature deaths, according to researchers. However, these results need to be communicated effectively to policy makers in order to have an impact. One of the four main target areas of the EU's Sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP)1 is Environment and Health, which includes air pollution. Particulate matter is ...

  • Air pollution monitoring model takes off in Australia

    “The Air Pollution Model (TAPM) increases our ability to pinpoint pollutant behaviour in a wider range of atmospheric conditions,” says CSIRO’s Dr Peter Hurley. ”Over the coming years the new model will continue to fill a gap between simple air pollution dispersion models and the much more complex earth system models such as The Australian Community Climate and Earth-System Simulator (ACCESS).” ...

  • Drone Employee successfully tests a pollution-monitoring drone

    The team of Drone Employee, the project launched by Airalab, has tested a drone specially equipped to analyze air quality. The test flight took place in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia. According to the project, the drones perform dynamic monitoring of air pollution with the help of sensors on board. They measure the concentration of greenhouse gases and particulate pollutants thus helping ...

  • Concentrations of air pollutants constant despite drop in emissions

    Concentrations of ozone and particulate matter, two harmful airborne pollutants, have not improved since 1997 despite substantial cuts in emissions of air pollutants across Europe, says a new EEA report, released today. Man-made emissions of all air pollutants fell substantially in the 32 EEA member countries the report says. This was mainly due to the effectiveness of EU policies limiting air ...

  • Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

    Almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter is one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants which cause acidification, but a new report published ...

  • 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

  • Children with asthma affected by `safe` levels of air pollution

    Children with asthma living in cities are especially vulnerable to urban pollution. Emissions from motor vehicles, in particular, are thought to provoke asthma-related symptoms. New research suggests that even 'safe' levels of atmospheric pollutants can affect children with asthma, causing breathing difficulties and an associated increase in health problems. Researchers examined the relationship ...

  • EPA establishes Landmark Chesapeake Bay pollution diet

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today established a landmark “pollution diet” to restore clean water in Chesapeake Bay and the region’s streams, creeks and rivers. This pollution diet is driven primarily by jurisdictions’ plans to put all needed pollution controls in place by 2025 and EPA will hold jurisdictions accountable for results along the way. The pollution ...

  • Quality of urban waterways found to affect bat populations and biodiversity

    Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways. ...

  • Sediment pollution should be included in water quality assessments

    The quality of surface water is best assessed using the status of both the water and underlying sediment. A recent study concluded that water bodies risk being misclassified if sediment assessment is not included, which can lead to unnecessary recovery costs. Under the Water Framework Directive1 (WFD), Member States are required to achieve at least 'good water status' for surface water (inland, ...

  • Research to address health impact of indoor air pollution

    Research will be launched to evaluate the health impact of indoor air pollution in urban public spaces by the International Ecological Economy Promotion Association (IEEPA), announced Li Junyang, secretary-general of the IEEPA, at a seminar in Beijing on July 24, 2016. The seminar was held to solicit opinions on the research from experts in government departments and universities as ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • 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 ...

  • Recession contributes to air pollutant emissions decrease in 2009

    Emissions of almost all main air pollutants fell across the EU-27 in 2009, according to the latest annual European Union air pollutant emission inventory report compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Some pollutants decreased significantly compared to the previous year, with analysis showing economic recession to be an important factor in this reduction. The drop was most evident for ...

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