Earth Times Logo
RSS Feed Google+ Facebook Twitter Linked In Pinterest


Pollution News

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Posted Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Soaring gold prices are causing tumbling rainforests in Peru's Amazonian lowlands says a new study published today in the open-access journal PloS ONE. A leap in the area being felled for small-scale gold mining has bought with it increased emissions of mercury, toxic both to impoverished miners and to the wider environment. Controlling mercury may be the key.

Gold fever is driving Amazon loss and mercury pollution in Peru

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Ozone levels could be cut if the charging of electric cars is timed just right - so says a paper in Environmental Research Letters published online tomorrow. The authors looked at the effect on pollution from power-plants - which still feed much of the electricity for electric cars - and found night was best for reducing ozone hazes. This reinforces to the need to plan electricity tariffs to encourage the best charging behavior from the growing electric car-using population.

Charging electric cars at night eases ozone haze

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

That omen of goodwill or ill, the albatross, is itself suffering from misfortune, as a result of man's continued emitting of toxic mercury compounds. These have been shown, in new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, to be accumulating in higher amounts in top predators such as albatrosses. This could threaten their survival, by reducing their reproductive success rates, says the analysis of bird feathers collected over the last century.

Mercury burden hangs heavy round the neck of the albatross

Film focuses on river pollution

Film focuses on river pollution

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:09:00 GMT by John Dean

A film that contrasts the recovery of rivers in the North East of England with the pollution in their Indian counterparts will be premiered on April 19. To be shown at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on Tyne in North East England,'Black River Business' arose from the experiences of Indian director Sudheer Gupta while based at Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) in the region.

Film focuses on river pollution

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:40:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

A colony of endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins is facing a grim future after a ship grounded on an important breeding island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The remoteness of the Tristan islands and the fact that there is no air field on any of the islands has caused major headaches for the oil spill management efforts.

Nightingale Island penguins still at threat

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:20:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A survey on the reactions of Gulf locals, one year on from the biggest marine oil spill in history, shows that denizens of Louisiana and Florida had differing outlooks on some aspects of the disaster. Distrust of BP was common, but those from Louisiana felt they had suffered more, and were more likely to leave - despite both states suffering a similar economic losses.

Gulf oil-spill views differ in Louisiana and Florida one year on

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 07:39:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA) shows that Nitrogen is a significant pollutant and shines a light on the way forward. ''Reactive nitrogen'' is produced mostly by industrial processes and is in fertilisers and chemical pollutants like those given off by car exhausts and power stations. Without the food grown with fertilisers, Dr Sutton estimates that the Earth could only support about 50% of the current population of 6.8 billion.

Nitrogen, from Benefactor to Pollutant

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:19:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

Biodiversity improves water quality and helps ecosystems to withstand pressures from pollution, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Nature. In the study, Cardinale demonstrates exactly why streams that have more species are better at removing these nutrient pollutants from the water, confirming that niche differences among species provides the mechanism for biodiversity's cleansing ability.

More biodiversity means better water quality and less pollution

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Engineers may have plugged the leak in Fukushima's No 2 reactor, but the crisis continues. The leak had been discovered on Saturday and early unsuccessful attempts to stem this had been made with cement, absorbent polymer, rags, sawdust and even newspaper.

Japanese nuclear leak may be plugged, but crisis is far from over

Emission targets set to clean up rural China

Emission targets set to clean up rural China

Posted Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:10:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Pollution levels in China's rural areas to be cut by 2015. China's rapid industrial growth over the last generation has come at a cost. Air pollution causes an estimated 400,000 deaths a year along with 75 million asthma attacks. This year the Chinese government announced an ambitious programme to cut the country's pollution, embarking on a programme beginning in 2011 until 2015.

Emission targets set to clean up rural China

Minorities and the poorest not hit by emissions trade schemes says study

Minorities and the poorest not hit by emissions trade schemes says study

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:15:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Critics feared that emissions trading schemes would lead to the export of pollution to areas where the poor and minority communities lived but a new study says that's not the case, although poor education may be a better indicator of living with pollution.

Minorities and the poorest not hit by emissions trade schemes says study

Marine life under threat because of our dependence on plastic

Marine life under threat because of our dependence on plastic

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:44:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Plastic is flooding the world's oceans, damaging sea-life. The stomach contents of a young sea-turtle found dead off the Argentinian coast were examined by scientists. It was found to contain hundreds of small pieces of plastic detritus. More than half of the 90 sea-turtles found dead of the coast of Brazil were found with similar shards of plastic in their guts or faeces.

Marine life under threat because of our dependence on plastic

Public Workshops Scheduled by EPA on Housatonic 'Rest of River' Cleanup

Public Workshops Scheduled by EPA on Housatonic 'Rest of River' Cleanup

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:56:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

New public workshops have been announced by the EPA that will address the cleanup efforts made necessary from years of pollution in Massachusetts' Housatonic River. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will sponsor a series of public workshops for local citizens who want to be involved in the ongoing analysis surrounding the Housatonic River's clean up efforts

Public Workshops Scheduled by EPA on Housatonic 'Rest of River' Cleanup

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:00:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Ant control substance Fast Ant Bait, sold online at fastpestcontrol.com was found by the EPA to contain the harmful pesticide mirex, which was banned in the late 1970s. More than 2,800 online shoppers across the US have been warned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about potentially serious risks that are linked to a banned substance found in an ant killing product that has been sold online at fastpestcontrol.com.

EPA Warns of Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales Online

Stricken ship threatens environmental disaster, putting endangered wildlife at risk

Stricken ship threatens environmental disaster, putting endangered wildlife at risk

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:17:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

The wreckage of a cargo vessel that has grounded off a South Atlantic Island is causing an impending environmental disaster, threatening one of the world's most endangered penguins. 1500 tonnes of heavy crude oil has spilled into the sea.

Stricken ship threatens environmental disaster, putting endangered wildlife at risk

Can green gloop make nuclear waste safe?

Can green gloop make nuclear waste safe?

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:59:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Nuclear power not only poses risks from catastrophic failure, its waste products pose health risks for millions of years. But a special type of green rust may help in keeping that hazard locked up longer, if a scientist from the University of Copenhagen is right. That could help future generations avoid the dangers of long-lived neptunium dumps.

Can green gloop make nuclear waste safe?

Pollution News Archives Page : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 

California butterflies and neonicotinoids!

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:40:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A whale of a problem with shipping, noise, and conserving life.

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:10:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Smogmobile could rule city roads.

Posted Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rivers of despair, polluted from Basel to Shanghai and Melbourne

Posted Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Corals need more spawning, not more light.

Posted Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:33:36 GMT by Paul Robinson

China comes clean (legally at least.)

Posted Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Photography competition (Atkins CIWEM) for all

Posted Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Japan's Struggle after Fukushima

Posted Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:57:32 GMT by JW Dowey

Unhappy home pollution is rife.

Posted Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:48:03 GMT by JW Dowey

Lima Call for Climate Change !

Posted Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:20:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Pesticides Killing Bees

Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 12:55:01 GMT by Michelle Simon

Minorities and the poorest not hit by emissions trade schemes says study

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:15:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A new danger for city cyclists?

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Nitrate contamination of UK water 'may get worse' fear

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:03:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Dundee cyanide water pollution

Posted Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:35:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Clean-up for Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand's most polluted Lake

Posted Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:26:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Scientists measure Deepwater spill atmospheric pollution

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

UK project gets the fat out of VAT

Posted Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Rachel England

Beach Watch

Posted Thu, 29 May 2014 06:11:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Caribbean bottlenose dolphins severely ill after spill

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong