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July 25, 2014
New perspective on agricultural plastic, debris burning, and air quality
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To reduce fire hazard in the United States, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees (ladder fuels). These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then burned during periods of low fire danger in order to dispose of the material. To improve the burning and minimize hazardous air pollutants, managers often cover all or part of the debris pile with low-density polyethylene plastic, commonly referred to as agricultural pla ... read more

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Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought
The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their gills, according to a new study led by the University of Ex ... more
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Italy cruise ship toxins threaten wildlife: activists
It's nursing season in Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and schools of whales have brought their young to Italian shores - but environmentalists warn they are at risk from toxins leaked by the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship. ... more
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Straits of Mackinac 'worst possible place' for a Great Lakes oil spill
Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lak ... more
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Rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean
Microplastics - microscopic particles of plastic debris - are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to ... more
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China arms itself for difficult 'war on pollution'
Having declared "war on pollution", China is arming itself with tougher weapons from new courts to daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps but no guarantee of progress. ... more
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IBM to work to curb China pollution
IBM said Monday it had signed an agreement to help curb pollution in China, starting with the dangerous smog that afflicts Beijing. ... more
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All the world's oceans have plastic debris on their surface
However, central surface waters of the oceans may not be the final destination of plastic debris since, as indicated by the study performed by the Malaspina Expedition, large amounts of microplastic ... more
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Separating finely mixed oil and water
Whenever there is a major spill of oil into water, the two tend to mix into a suspension of tiny droplets, called an emulsion, that is extremely hard to separate - and that can cause severe damage t ... more
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China sets up specialised pollution tribunal
China's Supreme Court has set up a special tribunal to deal with environmental cases, it said Thursday as Beijing pushes a green agenda with public discontent over pollution rising. ... more
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Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism: Xinhua
The number of overseas tourists visiting China's capital fell by 10 percent last year compared to 2012, state media reported, with air pollution blamed for the decline. ... more
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Moths and other pollinators have trouble finding food amid vehicle exhaust
For years, regulators have tried to curb car and truck exhaust to promote healthier lungs and a cleaner environment. But new research suggests vehicle fumes do more than warm the planet and encourage asthma. They also mask the smells of crops and flowers, disorienting pollinators, like moths, in search of food. ... more
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Greenpeace left red-faced after top official travel expose
Anti-carbon advocate Greenpeace has grounded flights for a top official after a media report fingered him for commuting by plane between his Luxembourg home and its Amsterdam-based headquarters, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ... more
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Malaysian police detain Australian activist
Malaysian police were holding an Australian activist in custody after she was arrested together with 15 others protesting against a rare earth plant accused of producing radioactive waste. ... more
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Plastic tide 'causing $13 bn in damage', UN says
The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13 billion a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned Monday at the launch of a global environment conference. ... more
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Chemical pollution of European waters is stronger than anticipated
Substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 have been a declared objective of the EU member states, manifesting itself by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). A recent ... more
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Nanoparticles from dietary supplement drinks likely to reach environment
Nanoparticles are becoming ubiquitous in food packaging, personal care products and are even being added to food directly. But the health and environmental effects of these tiny additives have remai ... more
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Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products cost EU billions: NGO
Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products from sunscreen to store receipts cost EU countries more than 30 billion euros in health costs, a study said on Wednesday. ... more
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'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink: study
Microscopic creatures could be helping reduce marine garbage on the ocean surface, not only by "eating" plastics but by causing tiny pieces to sink to the seafloor, Australian researchers said Thursday. ... more
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China official blasted for blaming lead poisoning on pencils
A Chinese government official who blamed lead poisoning in more than 300 children on the possible chewing of school pencils was excoriated in state-run media and ridiculed online Monday. ... more
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China pollution arrests rise as Beijing pushes green agenda
China arrested more people last year for environmental offences than in the previous 10 combined, state media said Thursday, as Beijing strives to produce results after a much-vaunted pollution crackdown. ... more
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Chinese conservation group builds pollution monitoring app
An environmental group in China - a nation boasting some of the world's dirtiest, most polluted air - has developed a mobile app to measure and share air quality data for some 190 cities throughout the country. ... more
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Pollution-ridden Bangladesh unveils green tax in budget
Bangladesh imposed a radical new "green tax" on Thursday to force polluting factories to pay extra levies as it looks to clean up the country's increasingly dirty rivers and air. ... more
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Less than 5 percent of Chinese cities meeting air quality standards
Less than 5 percent of the major Chinese cities subject to air quality monitoring have met national standards, the government said Wednesday. ... more
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New pollution rules will reduce asthma, heart attacks: Obama
US President Barack Obama said Saturday that his administration's proposals to cut carbon emissions will prevent thousands of asthma and heart attacks each year. ... more
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