Day: 17 August 2001
Simpler system of air quality forecasts will benefit asthmatics
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says that the system will make it easier for people with asthma and other lung diseases to take precautions when air quality is poor, as well as encouraging the public to work towards improving air quality.
World Bank praises China’s environmental efforts but says new development strategy needed
A new report on China’s environment by the World Bank has found that despite the “serious environmental toll” that two decades of phenomenal growth has extracted, the government’s ability to make significant inroads in battling a range of environmental problems indicates that real progress can be made in assuring an environmentally-sustainable future, but only if there is a significant change in development strategy.
Pre-cooling of office buildings could save money, especially in energy crisis areas
A technique of keeping office buildings cool in the summer by using air conditioning at night when energy is cheaper could save money, and will assist the electricity utilities in areas facing energy shortages, say US researchers who have developed a computer simulation tool that can identify a building’s optimum cooling strategy.
US EPA delays review of polluting facilities air standard rules
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has delayed its review of Clinton-era tough legislation governing power plants and refineries until September, but vows to “vigorously” enforce lawsuits already instigated against utilities.
California sues US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over fuel additive requirement
California Governor Gray Davis has announced that the state is suing the EPA to force it to drop a requirement to add oxygenates to 70% of California gasoline, saying that it will increase air pollution and petrol costs.
Use of life-cycle analysis is resulting in discriminatory packaging legislation
Legislation in European countries designed to cut down on the use of one-use-only packaging for beverages has no legal or scientific basis and limits the market opportunities for materials such as steel, aluminium and glass as drinks packaging, says a packaging industry association.
Drought and flooding alleviation needs forward planning
The alleviation of flooding across Europe requires co-ordination between administrations, and the impact of drought can be lessened by identifying and acting on the problem in advance, although it should be remembered that both events are natural, with flooding, in particular, being important in the geomorphological and ecosystem development of rivers, says a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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