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EU launches consultation on limited use of mercury (08/19/2014)
BRUSSELS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission has launched an online consultation on issues related to the usage of mercury, it was announced Tuesday. The consultation will mainly focus on areas such as the import restrictions for metallic mercury from non-parties, an export ban for certain products containing mercury and mercury use in products and processes not yet placed on the market. The consultation provides interested citizens, public authorities, businesses and NGOs with a concise and clear understanding of the elements above and asks them for their views.
Fighting global air pollution (08/13/2014)
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Clean Air Asia, and the Bay Area and South Coast Air Districts have formed the Cities Clean Air Partnership. This is the first major clean air certification and partnership program to encourage air quality protection in cities across the Asia Pacific region.
TURA Program Celebrates 25 Years (08/11/2014)
Twenty five years ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed landmark legislation - the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). Today, the TURA Program is considered a model environmental policy by other states and countries. The program's success is due, in large part, to the dedicated professionals who are Toxics Use Reduction Planners. TUR Planners continue to help companies reduce toxic chemical use and costs, improve the health and safety of workers and the public and support the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses. The TURA Program gratefully recognizes TUR Planners this 25th anniversary year.
Humans have tripled mercury levels in upper ocean (08/07/2014)
Mercury levels in the upper ocean have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and human activities are to blame, researchers report today in Nature1. Although several computer models have estimated the amount of marine mercury, the new analysis provides the first global measurements. It fills in a critical piece of the global environmental picture, tracking not just the amount of mercury in the world's oceans, but where it came from and at what depths it is found.
Rising mercury levels leave their mark on yellow-billed loons, study says (08/06/2014)
Yellow-billed loons that migrate to nesting sites on Alaska's Arctic coastal plain are bearing an undesirable burden that comes from thousands of miles away -- mercury unleashed by industrial pollution, according to a new study. The study, published in a special issue of the journal Waterbirds that is devoted to loon research, describes mercury levels found in feathers, blood and eggs of yellow-billed loons, birds that spend their summers nesting on the Arctic coastline. While only a few individuals had levels of mercury that were considered to be at or above the threshold that would cause ill effects to the birds, the overall trend is worrisome, the study concluded. Mercury levels in the tested samples were, in general, twice those found in birds collected prior to 1920, the study said. Birds that migrate from Alaska to Asia -- the wintering grounds for most of the Alaska-nesting yellow-billed loons -- are more likely to encounter mercury, the study said.
Beijing to Ban Coal (08/05/2014)
Beijing will close coal-fired power plants and facilities, and stop using and selling coal and its related products by the end of 2020 in an attempt to reduce air pollution, according to news reports. Xinhuanet reports the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan will ban coal and replace it with clean energy including electricity and natural gas for use in heating, cooking and other activities. Other high-pollution fuels, such as fuel oil, petroleum coke, combustible waste and some biomass fuel will be also banned, according to the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.
Gov. Chafee Signs Climate-Change Bill Into Law (08/05/2014)
NORTH KINGSTON -- On a picture-perfect summer day free of the impacts of a changing climate -- high heat, excessive rain and flooding -- Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed into law the state's comprehensive climate-change legislation. The Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 continues what Chafee started in February, a fast-acting committee of department and agency heads looking to prepare state organizations and municipalities for the impacts of climate change. The group also intends to mitigate those impacts by reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Its ultimate target is an 80 percent reduction of 1990 emission levels by 2050.
New Mercury Law For Minnesota Begins Friday (07/30/2014)
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Makers of thermostats that contain mercury will now be taking on greater responsibility for keeping their products out of the garbage and sewer system, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Tuesday. Starting this Friday, no product containing mercury will be allowed into solid waste or wastewater disposal systems, or solid waste processing or disposal facilities.





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