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What’s Outside Counts, Too: European Law and Excess Packaging

News, Pollution
Dec
27

The citizens of Lincolnshire, England, were so fed up with the layers of plastic and cardboard and Styrofoam that encased their store purchases this fall that they took a high-priced, highly wrapped piece of meat to court.

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Urban Stormwater Runoff: A Significant Source of Beachwater Pollution

Pollution
Dec
22

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. Stormwater runoff is the most frequently identified source of beach closing and advisory days. The best way to protect beachgoers from water contamination is to prevent pollution from reaching the beach.

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California approves first broad US climate plan

Blog, Pollution
Dec
18

California, acting on its own against climate change, has approved a plan to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and let power plants, factories and eventually refiners and others to trade permits to pollute in a program generally known as cap-and-trade. California will become the second-largest carbon market in the world, following a European system.

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Plastic Waste Pollutes Adriatic coast

News, Pollution
Dec
7

Such pollution is a regular occurrence, but it has increased this year.

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Blue Flag or Red Herring: Do beach awards encourage the public to visit beaches?

Surveys of beach visitor motivation in Ireland, Wales, Turkey and the USA indicate that beach awards play an insignificant role in motivation to visit beaches.

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Russian Nuclear Power Plants Project

Blog
Nov
20

The idea of floating nuclear plant is simple, if quite scary: Outfit a barge with two 35-megawatts reactors, float them to a spot off the coast and run cables to land to distribute power. An FNPP set-up this size could power a city of 200,000.

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EPA Tells Coastal States to Consider Rising Ocean Acidity

News, Pollution
Nov
16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says some states with coastal waters that are becoming more acidic because of carbon dioxide, should list them as impaired.

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Record number of British beaches reach highest European standards

News, Pollution
Nov
15

The number of blue flag beaches in England fell from 82 in 2008 to 71 last year, largely as a result of detritus and pollution. However, 86.2% of beaches (425) in England and Wales meet higher guideline standards this year, a huge increase from previous figures.

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India Creates a National Green Tribunal to Try Environmental Cases

News, Pollution
Oct
19

It is the third country to set up a separate judiciary for environmental cases, after Australia and New Zealand.

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