Trust wants hungry bacteria to remove Lansing-area pollution

Enviroment 04/27/19, 10:36

Scientists want to use an unconventional method to remove pollution from former General Motors properties near Lansing where an underground plume of chemicals is creeping toward drinking water wells.The Lansing State Journal reports that the trust that controls the sites is proposing a method called "biosparging," which removes pollution by ...

Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites

U.S. 04/15/19, 13:24

Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest.A House subcommittee is exploring the possible effects of air pollution on sacred ...

Report: Pollution still drifting into Rocky Mountain Park

Enviroment 04/11/19, 15:34

Harmful nitrogen pollution is still drifting onto fragile, high-elevation ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park from Colorado highways, power plants and livestock operations, state and federal agencies said.Nitrogen pollution was 38% higher than the 2017 target level, according to a draft report released Wednesday by the Colorado health department, the ...

London taxes older vehicles in bid to fight air pollution

Europe 04/08/19, 08:54

In a bid to fight air pollution, London has introduced one of the world's toughest vehicle emissions standards, placing a tax on older, more polluting cars that drive into the center of the British capital. Starting Monday, the drivers of diesel cars more than 4 years old and of gasoline-powered engines ...

Explorer to trace flow of plastics down 10 rivers into seas

Europe 04/04/19, 15:38

Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world's 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world's oceans. Bellini said Thursday that he was inspired by a 2018 study by a German scientist that found 80% of plastic in the world's oceans ...

New York will be first US city to charge congestion toll

New York 04/02/19, 16:35

New York City is set to become the first American metropolis that seeks to ease traffic congestion, cut pollution and boost mass transit by charging motorists a hefty toll for the privilege of driving into its most crammed areas. So can it work?If the experience of other cities around the ...

Egyptian official says province to ban single use plastics

Enviroment 04/02/19, 06:29

An Egyptian province on the Red Sea will impose a ban on disposable plastics, prohibiting everything from single use straws to plastic bags in an effort to fight pollution and protect the environment, its governor said Tuesday.The ban will apply to restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and on cruise ships ...

Air is so dirty in northern Thailand, leader flies to see it

World 04/02/19, 02:02

The air hanging over Thailand's far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what's been called a severe health crisis.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a city that's a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze ...

Insider Q&A: Head of EVgo aims to clean up transportation

Business 03/31/19, 12:05

Cathy Zoi has been promoting clean energy in the power sector for decades, holding leadership posts in both business and government.Then in 2016, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation exceeded the power sector for the first time, and Zoi pivoted to accelerate the transportation sector's transition to clean energy.Zoi, 57, serves ...

Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in Indonesia

Health 03/29/19, 03:22

Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life expectancy in some regions, researchers say.The study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago says an increase in coal-fired ...

Group takes oil refinery fight to North Dakota’s high court

Enviroment 03/27/19, 15:18

An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court.The National Parks Conservation Association argued in its Wednesday filing that an air quality permit issued by the state Health Department for the $800 million Davis Refinery ...

EU lawmakers back wide ban on disposable plastic products

Europe 03/27/19, 14:09

The European Union parliament has overwhelmingly voted to impose a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from discarded items.The European Parliament backed the ban in a 560-35 final vote on Wednesday. EU member states have given their support but need to vote on the measure for it to ...

US scientists to climb Everest, collect data on climate

Science 03/27/19, 00:17

A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming.The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region collecting ...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK’d for dinner

Enviroment 03/19/19, 08:20

Fish in an Ohio river that became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in 1969 are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say.The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an important step toward ...

Gillibrand highlights contaminated water in New Hampshire

2022 Campaign 03/15/19, 19:53

Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters' important issues on the ground — or, in some cases, underground. The U.S. senator from New York held two roundtable discussions Friday in New Hampshire communities struggling with contaminated water. The second was in Merrimack, where hundreds of private wells ...

Update: Students in New Delhi protest for cleaner air

Europe 03/15/19, 09:30

The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local):8 a.m.In India's capital of New Delhi, schoolchildren are protesting inaction on climate change and rising air pollution levels that often far exceed World Health Organization limits.Activist Greta Thunberg, foreground, participates in a climate protest, in central Stockholm Sweden, Friday, ...

Blacks, Hispanics breathe more pollution than they make

Science 03/11/19, 14:53

African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making, a new study said.A study looked at who is exposed to fine particle pollution — responsible for about 100,000 American deaths a year — and how much different races are responsible for the pollution ...

South Korea proposes clear-air project with China

World 03/05/19, 22:11

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a joint project with China to use artificial rain to clean the air in Seoul, where an acute increase in pollution has caused alarm.Moon also on Wednesday instructed government officials to quicken the retirement of old coal-burning power plants.Seoul has been struggling to ...

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