Month: November 2001
European Commission may force changes to UK emission trading
The European Commission has approved the UK scheme for trading in greenhouse gases, which is due to start in February 2002. However, as the UK scheme has some significant differences to the proposed European scheme, when the latter scheme comes in to force in 2005 Europe may force the UK scheme to become compatible.
World’s largest wind farm could be built in the Outer Hebrides
Battered by westerly winds and Atlantic waves, the island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides is the site of an ambitious proposal to build the world’s largest wind power project. The £500 million project could generate about 600 megawatts, as much as a conventional power station, doubling Britain’s alternative energy production and making the country a leader in ‘clean’ energy.
South African Government bans plastic carrier bags
The South African Government is toughening up on pollution with the approval by Cabinet of two new moves – one to ban off-road vehicles on beaches and the second to prohibit the use of plastic carrier bags, and is looking into compulsory recycling of construction rubble and tyres.
New government report reveals 75% of local authorities are failing to monitor air pollution
Ten years on from the introduction of the Local Authority Pollution Control regime, 75% of local authorities are failing to adequately inspect polluting processes, according to a new report published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Canadian electricity generating company to reduce smog-causing agents by 80%
Ontario based company Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have announced plans to begin a CA$200million project to reduce its emission of smog causing agents by 80%. They plan to install four Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) units in their Nanticoke and Lambton coal-fired generating stations, effectively diminishing nitrogen oxide by 12,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking 600,000 cars off the road.
Hawaii’s waters are more polluted than previously thought
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now admitting that there are 30 coastal waters and 81 streams in the state of Hawaii that show evidence of impairment by pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and litter, increasing the organisation’s previous estimate of polluted waters by 480%.
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