Day: 15 March 2002
Drugs and other chemicals found in US watercourses
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has unveiled the results of the first-ever study of pharmaceuticals, hormones and other organic waste water-related chemicals in streams across the nation, with steroids and non-prescription drugs among the most common chemicals found.
One-third of major US air polluters still lack pollution permits
Nearly a third of all factories, power-plants and other major sources of atmospheric pollution in the U.S. still do not have permits required under the Clean Air Act, according to documents released by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Air pollution causes healthy blood vessels to constrict
Levels of air pollution typically associated with rush-hour traffic in urban areas, can cause the blood vessels of healthy individuals to constrict, a team of researchers has proved. The findings of the study published in the journal of the American Heart Association, may have dramatic implications for people with known circulatory or heart disease.
UK’s groundbreaking emissions market is ready for lift-off
The UK’s emissions trading scheme is now fully prepared for the start of trading at the beginning of next month, following an auction in which 34 companies set the price of emission credits, and set the level of the emission reduction targets.
European Parliament votes to change electricity rules to favour renewables
The Members of the European Parliament have voted to open up the electricity market in a way that aids small consumers and the environment, requiring energy generators to show the sources of their electricity and the pollutants involved in producing it.
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