Pollution

Smog Blankets City of Beijing

February 4, 2013 / No Comments

Just a few days ago, the city of Beijing and other parts of China faced the peculiar problem of thick smog blanketing the atmosphere. The problem started more than two weeks ago, but during the last few days, pollution levels have increased. According to air quality index reading, the pollution level has increased 40 times the recommended safety levels. It rates ...

Marine Drone Concept to Clean Plastic Trash in Ocean

July 11, 2012 / No Comments

Tons of plastic waste generated by us is choking up the oceans. Cleaning this waste is a concern for scientists and authorities. Several concepts and prototypes have come up, including small robots, to clean up this marine waste. The latest to arrive at the scene is a concept called Marine Drone. The concept is the brain child of Elie Ahovi, Adrien ...

Solar Panel Adoption Could be Akin to a Deal with the Demon

January 31, 2012 / No Comments

Solar panels and accessories have been classified under the e-waste category by the EU parliament. In recent years, the electronics industry had gained prominence in creating an endless stream of disposable products that make their way at life's end to developing countries spilling contaminants into their water and air. Solar modules contain some of the potentially dangerous materials, including silicon tetrachloride, ...

Texas-based Refining Company Found Guilty of Violating Clean Air Act

December 21, 2011 / No Comments

Texas-based refinery Pelican Refining Company has been fined $12 million for violation of the Clean Air Act. It has been reported that it is the largest penalty imposed for the Clean Air Act violence at a plant in Louisiana. The huge fine came not just because it occurred in the city of Louisiana. It happened in a place which was reported ...

Chevron Penalty for Oil Spill Said to be So Less

November 24, 2011 / No Comments

Oil spills do make news, but the penalty companies are made to pay are less talked about. Oil spillage is the most dreadful thing that can happen to the coastal ecosystem. Take the case of recent oil spillage that has happened in  the Atlantic Ocean. Chevron, a multi-billion dollar oil major, was in the news for having spilled thousands ...

Did You Know Paper Cash Comes Contaminated with BPA?

August 11, 2011 / No Comments

When you heard that the increasingly controversial plastics ingredient Bisphenol A, or BPA, was found in credit card receipts and other thermal copies, you probably thought, “fine, I’ll use cash”. But now there’s evidence that your good paper money is also contaminated with the stuff. Whether you’re using Euros, dollars, rubles or yuans, you’re being exposed to BPA on a ...

Consumers Worldwide Continue to Battle Inflation Woes

July 7, 2011 / No Comments

If you thought recessionary worries are over, you are wrong. The woes triggered by recession apart, the American consumers now have a new foe to fight against - in the form of inflationary worries owing to rising costs. The GfK Roper Consulting 2011 Mood of the World Report has revealed that the foremost concerns of the consumers in the US, ...

EPA Proposes New Emission Standards for Harmful Metals

March 17, 2011 / No Comments

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is proposing to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The proposals include measures intended to limit mercury emissions and would require utilities to install the equipment necessary to eliminate 91% of all mercury emissions from such installations, within four years.

Urban Traffic Causes People to Fill an Extra 3.9 Gallons of Fuel

January 25, 2011 / No Comments

Post-recession, many people have chosen not to take their vehicles out on the street due to increasing fuel prices and economic turmoil. But the situation is vastly changing and now as the financial crisis is being solved more and more motorists are appearing on the road. This was revealed by a study conducted by Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M ...

FOE for Cut in Lead Content in Aviation Fuel

December 9, 2010 / No Comments

Much hue and cry is being raised on the issue of carbon footprint and related environmental problems caused by aircrafts. The international network of environmental organizations, Friends of the Earth, has come with another dimension of the same problem, but this time regarding the content of the fuel used for aviation purposes.