Pollution

Exxon Mobil ordered to pay $507.5 million in damages for the 1989 oil spill in Alaska

June 16, 2009 / No Comments

The United States-based oil and gas giant, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been ordered to pay $507.5 million in punitive damages plus interest for the oil spill that occurred off Alaska in 1989. [caption id="attachment_5587" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Clean-up of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska"][/caption] The order issued by the Ninth US Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, was consistent with the figure ...

Smarter Pollution measurement proves the train is the worst polluter

June 10, 2009 / 2 Comments

We may not be right about our estimates of the worst polluting commuters, at least I wasn't, with the airplane topping my list. A study conducted by Mikhail Chester and Arpath Hovard of the University of California, Berkeley, has revealed that all our assumptions aren't correct and it is the train not the plane that causes maximum damage. [caption id="attachment_5512" align="aligncenter" ...

Shipping Pollution Causes Health Hazards

April 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

Some confidential data from maritime industry insiders (based on engine size and the quality of fuel typically used by ships and cars) shows that just 15 of the world's biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as the entire 760m cars on world’s roads today. And it's not just an environmental issue, but also a health problem for people ...

Double Trouble: River Pollution Could Be Responsible For Fertility Problems in Men

January 22, 2009 / No Comments

Pollution seems to be having more adverse effects than once thought and with each passing day one is finding new ways and means in which it destroys life and causes harm both to humans and animals. However, this is something that will concern all the guys across the planet. New findings suggest that if water pollution continues at the rate it ...

Hong Kong Smog, 20-percent Consider Moving

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

When people consider relocating simply because of the health threats air pollution brings up, there is something wrong with that city. We're talking about large metropolis like Hong Kong where a study conducted by the think tank Civic Exchange revealed that 1 in 5 citizens - a total of 1.4 million - are considering fleeing the city, while 500,000 of ...

Plane Stupid Activists Taken Into Custody After Protest at Stansted Airport

December 9, 2008 / 1 Comment

57 activists belonging to an environment organization called Plane Stupid were taken into custody by the Police after they broke on to the Stansted Airport runway area and caused trouble in the restricted region. The protests lead to dozens of planes being canceled as the air traffic was halted for over 5 hours at the airport causing inconvenience to thousands ...

Noise Pollution in San Francisco, Harms People’s Health

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

Everyone is aware that noise pollution is a source of irritability in most people. A recent study in San Francisco reveals that 1 out of 6 people living in San Francisco face risks of heart diseases, blood pressure and high stress. Any readers from SF that can comment on that noise pollution issue? Check out the video below. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" ...

Chinese News Says Yellow River is Beautifal

September 22, 2008 / No Comments

I don't know what interested me more, the fact that China has some areas that aren't polluted or that a top rate Chinese news site doesn't know how to spell: " Yellow River presents beautifal autumn scenery " [gallery] Doesn't matter in the long, I suppose ... but we can marvel at the beauty that China has to offer. It's not just ...

Beijing Traffic is Back!

September 22, 2008 / No Comments

Beijing took steps during the Olympics and before to reduce traffic. Readers will remember Beijing's attempt to be like NYC and the government's move to get half of their cars off the road. Well ... Beijing's traffic is back. These two pics show the difference. What GP wants to know is, why can they tell some cars to stay home some of the ...

Beijing Smog Big Concern for Australian Olympic Athletes

August 5, 2008 / 2 Comments

Beijing has been trying to reduce the smog in the city in the lead up to the Olympics. They start this Friday!! Whoopee! But, the Australian government is still not buying into the green Beijing, fresh air thing. In fact, the Australian government has voiced its concern about the effects that the air might have on its athletes. Yeah, and ...