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  • China sets pollution reduction targets for 2008

    China will aim this year to reduce its emissions of sulphur dioxide by 6 percent from their 2005 levels as it steps up efforts to fight pollution, its top environmental official said in remarks published yesterday. The official Xinhua news agency cited Zhou Shengxian, head of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), as saying that the government would close many small coal-fired ...


  • 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 Foundation

  • Rio Official: Water Pollution Targets Won`t Be Met

    Brazil will not make good on its commitment to clean up Rio de Janeiro's sewage-filled Guanabara Bay by the 2016 Olympic Games, state environmental officials acknowledged in a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press. In the May 7 letter addressed to Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio's state environment secretary, Carlos Francisco ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ontario Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target

    As part of its action against climate change, Ontario has become the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target for 2030. Ontario already has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. In order to help achieve its long-term targets, the province is committing ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Meeting the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals

    Business called on governments to take urgent steps to increase commitment at all levels towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation during the 16th session of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (UN CSD). “Businesses of all sizes are significant investors in water, wastewater and sanitation,” said Björn von Euler, ITT's communications ...

  • 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 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Largest Coal Ash Dump Site In U.S. to Be Target of Suit Charging Extensive Violations of Federal, State Pollution Laws

    The largest coal-ash pond in the United States – the 1,700-acre Little Blue Run impoundment site in Pennsylvania and West Virginia for FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield Plant – is the focus of litigation to be filed by Little Blue Regional Action Group, formerly known as Citizens Against Coal Ash, along with attorneys from Environmental Integrity Project and Public Justice. According to ...

  • Washington State Targets Metals in Industrial Stormwater Permit

    The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting public comments through January 10, 2008 on a revised permit that will reduce the concentration of toxic metals allowed in stormwater runoff from industrial sites. Introduced on Wednesday, the Industrial Stormwater General Permit permit targets copper, zinc, other metals and silt. Copper and zinc are harmful even at relatively low concentrations ...

  • Australia on track to meet Kyoto protocol target

    Australia remains on track to meet its Kyoto Protocol target due in part to the global economic downturn, National Greenhouse Accounts released today show. The Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the National Greenhouse Accounts show Australia"s emissions fell between 2008 and 2009 by around 13 million tonnes (Mt). Australia formally submitted the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism

    The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change. To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from proposing tougher binding renewable energy targets ...


    By Associated Press

  • Welsh conservatives slam assembly sustainability targets

    Welsh Conservatives have attacked the recent Welsh Assembly Government’s sustainability report for its “lack of clarity” over measurable sustainability targets. The report, published earlier this year, found “clear improvement” in only 15 of 39 benchmarks, including housing, air quality, water quality and management, and greenhouse gas emissions. The other 24 either did not improve, ...

  • UK MPs call for moratorium on EU biofuel targets

    The UK Parliament's Select Committee on Environmental Audit has just published its first report on the sustainable use of biofuels. Below Environmental Expert publishes the conclustions and recommendations of this report, which calls for stricter standards in the production of biofuels to prevent environmental damage, calling for a moratorium on EU biofuel targets in the meantime: 1.  Biofuels ...


    By UK Parliament

  • Canada Targets Climate Change Impact and Resilience

    Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq today released the 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. “Our Government is taking action on environmental issues that matter most to Canadians,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Canada’s second Federal Sustainable Development Strategy builds ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Serious doubts over Europe’s GHG reduction target

    The 28 countries of the European Union (EU) have set themselves a collective target of cutting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases (GHGs) by between 80% and 95% by 2050, but  a major report just released says there’s little hope of achieving that goal. Every five years, the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Deadline Approaches For National Water Pollution Conference

    The worlds foremost experts on storm and surface-water quality will get together in Denver August 19-23 to explore the newest water pollution prevention and mitigation technologies, share their recent experiences and discuss which strategies are most effective in minimizing surface water pollution.   With NPDES compliance in mind, StormCon 2012 brings together municipal ...


    By Forester Media Inc.

  • European Community involvement in water pollution control

    Greater efforts in reducing water pollution are needed to ensure that targets for water quality are met. A new study shows that community-based approaches can be useful in gaining support for water management schemes and driving positive change. Farmers may also benefit from improved communication within their local networks. Current European water management policies emphasise the importance of ...

  • Integrated water management helps control agricultural pollution

    By 2015, all surface waters and groundwaters in the European Union should aim to achieve 'good status', with healthy ecosystems and low levels of pollution. The goals for the management of these bodies of water are set out under the Water Framework Directive1. Recent research suggests that integrated management of water catchment areas could be used to control sources of pollution within river ...

  • 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, ...

  • Pollution early-warning system

    Current alarm at the massive oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico emphasises the problem of marine pollution and how difficult it is to evaluate. The North Sea has been the test-bed for the highly advanced pollution early-warning system MERMAID during the last 20 years; this development is now aiding marine authorities around the world to keep seas clean. MERMAID (Marine Environmental ...

  • Water Quality Experts Gather in Denver for National Water Pollution Conference

     Green Infrastructure, low-impact development and a healthy bottom line will be at the top of the list when leading experts on storm and surface-water quality gather here next week (Aug.19–23) to explore the newest water pollution prevention and mitigation technologies, share their recent experiences, and discuss which strategies are most effective in minimizing surface water ...


    By Forester Media Inc.

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