Day: 20 July 2001
Scientists find burning is the best method of cleaning up oil spills
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have discovered that oil spills, previously thought incombustible because they contained too much water, can be ignited and burnt away faster than the oil can be removed by current methods, according to Industrial Environmental Management (IEM) magazine.
World Bank launches a new environment strategy
The World Bank has launched a new strategy to improve the organisation’s policy towards environment and sustainable development issues, and has admitted some shortcomings that have constrained the Bank’s strategy towards sustainable development in the past.
Newly-released reports list health risks of electricity pylons and electrical wiring
Among the findings of the reports are that there is more than a 50% possibility that electro magnetic fields (EMFs) at home or at work could cause a very small increased lifetime risk of childhood leukaemia and adult brain cancer as well as a 5-10% added risk of miscarriage.
Company is first to offer renewable energy to all homes and businesses in mainland USA
An Atlanta-based company has become the first to offer a 100% green energy choice to every home and business in the 48 mainland states and the District of Columbia in the form of vouchers costing from $5.95 per month.
Californian controls on energy prices will only add to the state’s problems
Controls on the price of energy in the beleaguered state of California, which were designed to protect consumers through the resolution of the energy crisis, will merely cause more serious problems for electricity generation in the long term, according to a US think-tank, the National Centre for Policy Analysis (NCPA).
US President announces climate change projects
US President George W Bush has announced a number of new research initiatives designed to increase understanding of climate change and tackle the phenomenon without the need to damage the US economy, but which will be designed to improve international co-operation.
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