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Pollution Costs Europe Billions

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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The European Environmental Agency has announced that industrial air pollution caused between $137-227 billion in damage to the environment and people’s health in Europe during 2009. The EEA report released Thursday was based on the 10,000 largest energy facilities and factories in the European Union’s 27 member nations as well as Norway and Switzerland. However, […]

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China Shuts Down Solar Panel Plant after Protests

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities Monday ordered the temporary closure of a solar panel plant in eastern China after local villagers staged four days of protests, accusing the facility of spreading cancer-causing pollution. The protests began on Thursday, when more than 500 people gathered in eastern Zhejiang province to demand an explanation for the death of large numbers […]

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China Shuts Down Solar Panel Plant after Protests

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media reports Monday said authorities have ordered the temporary closure of a solar panel plant in eastern China after local villagers staged four days of protests, accusing the facility of spreading cancer-causing pollution. The protests began on Thursday, when more than 500 people gathered in eastern Zhejiang province to demand an explanation for […]

US Drops Plan to Tighten Smog Rules

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has abandoned plans to impose tighter air quality rules in the United States, saying they would have imposed burdensome regulations on businesses when the country’s economy is already on shaky footing. Mr. Obama ordered government environmental regulators on Friday to stop implementation of a plan that soon would have required U.S. industries, […]

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US Prepares Air Pollution Clampdown

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Some U.S. states and power companies will soon have to start paying more to clean up pollutants spewed into the air by aging power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced a new rule that will require 27 states to work with power companies to reduce emissions by millions of tons a year starting in […]

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US Prepares Air Pollution Clampdown

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Some U.S. states and power companies will soon have to start paying more to clean up pollutants spewed into the air by aging power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced a new rule that will require 27 states to work with power companies to reduce emissions by millions of tons a year staring in […]

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Report Says Chinese Officials Ignore Lead Poisoning in Children

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says authorities in four Chinese provinces are hiding test results and denying care to children suffering the effects of industrial lead pollution. In a 75-page report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says parents, journalists and others who speak out about the problem have been “detained, harassed and ultimately silenced.” The […]

Chemical Spills Contaminate Drinking Water in Eastern China

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Schools are closed and stores have been stripped of bottled water in eastern China after a pair of incidents contaminated drinking water used by hundreds of thousands of people. In the first incident, a traffic accident late Saturday caused 21 tons of carbolic acid to spill into the Xin’an River, the main source of drinking […]

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