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- -Pollution Scorecard (Environmental Defense Fund)
Provides information about pollution in your community. Reports who is polluting, how to contact them, how bad the pollution is, how your community rates compared to others in your area, identifies the toxins involved and provides other useful information to fight pollution. 9-05
- Pollution Control (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism)
Provides volunteer programs to clean up Oregon.
- Health Problems from Pollution from A to Z (NIEHS)
- Pollution and Health Thematic Activities (NIEHS)
- Pollution and Humans (Kids' Almanac)
Provides a timeline of events related to protecting the environment from pesticides, poisons, and other pollutants.
- Air Pollution (NASA Sample)
Provides studies for kids to explore air pollution. 4-00
- Water Pollution (NASA Sample)
Provides studies for kids to explore water pollution. 4-00
- Pollution Resources (Lycos)
Provides dozens of sources of information on water, earth, and air pollution. 6-1-00.
- Oceans - Ways to Fight Pollution (Clean Ocean Action)
Provides ways for children, teens, and adults to fight pollution of our oceans. 11-00
- Water Pollution Resources (UK Rivers Network)
Provides over 100 sources of information to help reduce various forms of water pollution, such as from fertilizer, oil spills and slicks, algae blooms, decommissioning of oil platforms and structures, debris and dumping of wastes, sewage and wastewater, atmospheric deposition (ocean pollution from air pollution), indoor air pollution caused by water pollution, volatile organic compounds, and laws related to water pollution. 11-00
- Plan for Reducing Pollution (Green Party)
Provides the Green Party's plan for reducing pollution, global warming, and creating a sustainable planet. 12-00
- Water Pollution - Explanation for Kids (Environmental Protection Agency)
Provides information on water pollution for kids. 12-00
- Bacteria That Eat Oil Pollution (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Provides a description of bacteria that make oil spills nontoxic. 1-01
- Pollution-Eating Microbes (Michigan State University)
Provides information on the microbe, Azoarcus tolulyticus, an Anaerobic Toluene Degrader. This microbe can help clean up (bioremediate) pollution, such as oil spills. It needs nitrates, rather than oxygen, to live. 2-01
- Pollution - Grade 11 (British Columbia Ministry of Education)
Provides a lesson plan for the 11th grade level. The materials are called an Integrated Resource Package. 2-01
- Millions Die Each Year from Air Pollution (World Health Organization)
States that up to three million people die each year as a direct result of air pollution. Identifies the types of pollutants that are harmful and provides guidelines for common pollutants. 8-01
- Air Pollution Resources (Yahoo)
Provides over two dozen resources. 8-01
- 50 Things You Can Do to Reduce Air Pollution (California Environmental Protection Agency)
Provides 50 tips for you to improve air quality. 8-01
- Gloassary of Chemical Terms Related to Air Pollution (Sam Houston State University)
Provides definitions of chemistry terms that relate to air quality and pollution. 8-01
- Nuclear Power and Pollution (MotherJones.com - Cohen)
Argues that nuclear power actually does generate significant amounts of carbon dioxide (to prepare the uranium) and produces other pollution and undesirable effects. 9-01
- Agreement Reached on Reducing Pollution (BBC)
Provides the conditions of a global agreement of 178 nations to reduce carbon emissions and thereby reduce global warming. The agreement, a revision of the Kyoto protocol, was developed and approved in November, 2001. The largest polluter in the world, the USA, refused to participate.
- Pollution (100TopPollutionSites.com)
Provides a list of 100 carefully selected sites. 12-01
- Recycling, Climate Change, and Pollution (Environmental Defense)
Provides articles by topic or by search engine. 7-02
- Waste - Curriculum Guide for Management of Solid Waste (North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance)
Provides a guide for grades K - 8, by grade. Uses PDF format. 1-02
- Clean Water Act and Pollution by State (Scorecard.org)
Provides information by state related to the clean water act and pollution. 2-02
- Air Pollution in Cities Dangerous (CBS News)
"A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says long-term exposure to the air pollution in some of America's biggest metropolitan areas significantly raises the risk of dying from lung cancer and is about as dangerous as living with a smoker."
- Low Pollution Two-Stroke Engine Announced (EarthVision.net)
Describes a two-stroke engine developed by college students. Claims that the engine produces one percent of the pollution generated by a standard two-stroke engine. 3-02
- Riverways Create as Much Pollution as Highways (Earth Observatory - Kaufman)
Describes results of a study of causes of pollution. 3-02
- Coal Power Plants and Pollution (Sierra Club)
"In the US today, coal is the number one source of electricity produced (54%), followed by nuclear sources (21%), hydropower (16%), natural gas (9%), oil (2%), and other non-renewables (3%)." "Out of the entire electric industry, coal-fired power plants contribute 96% of sulfur dioxide emissions, 93% of nitrogen oxide emissions, 88% of carbon dioxide emissions, and 99% of mercury emissions." 11-02
- Policies to Reduce Pollution (Sierra Club)
Provides policies to support for reducing air pollution. 11-02
- Ground Pollution (envirolink.org)
Provides articles and sources of information by subject. 3-03
- Air Quality and Pollution (envirolink.org)
Provides articles and sources of information by subject. 3-03
- 08-28-03 Bush Administration Relaxes Pollution Rules for Power Plants (Christian Science Monitor - Knickerbocker)
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues a ruling this week allowing thousands of power plants, refineries, and industrial facilities to upgrade without reducing the pollution they emit."
"The debate figures in larger questions about the Bush administration's environmental and energy policies - specifically, the extent to which industries influence such policies."But the GAO was unable to determine the extent of such influence because Mr. Cheney refuses to provide key documents detailing his meetings with energy companies and industry groups - including those that may be directly involved with the polluting aspects of energy production." "Meanwhile, the US Public Interest Research Group reports this week that 2002 was the worst smog season in recent years. (Smog is ground-level ozone caused by pollution from power plants, vehicles, and other sources, and is linked to asthma and other ailments.) Monitors in 41 states and Washington recorded 8,818 instances of unhealthy smog levels last year - nearly twice the violations of the national health standard in 2001." 8-03
- Superbugs Digest Pollution (Salon.com - Mieszkowski)
"The genetically modified mutant plants suck heavy metals, such as lead and arsenic, out of the soil into their roots, stems and leaves, cleansing the contaminated soil. It's an intoxicating vision: Imagine fields of these valiant plants fighting part of the $700 billion battle that the United States faces in mopping up polluted Superfund sites."
- 09-04-03 Microbe Attacks Water Pollution (CBS News)
"An industrial chemical that pollutes groundwater and has resisted cleanup can be neutralized by an obscure microbe that researchers have discovered in the Hudson River bottom mud."
"In a study appearing Friday in the journal Science, researchers at Michigan State University report a previously unknown bacteria is able to turn trichloroethane, an industrial chemical that is difficult to clear from ground water, into a more benign compound that other microbes can render harmless." 9-03
- Water Pollution Report Card for States (CBS News)
"Two environmental groups released a review of government records Tuesday, showing that water pollution enforcement is failing in more than 40 states."
"Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Working Group say these states have allowed critically important water pollution permits to expire, effectively issuing industries a license to pollute."
"The review also concludes that there is currently little action afoot to correct this serious problem. Nevada, Rhode Island, Oregon and Nebraska all had more than two-thirds of their permits expired. Texas had the largest number of expired permits at 135." 9-03
- Institute: Terrorism a Symptom from Poverty, Disease, and Pollution (NationalGeographic.com)
" 'Acts of terrorism like the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. are a worst-case symptom of global insecurity brought about by the festering interplay among poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation—the true "axis of evil,' according to the Worldwatch Institute in its State of the World 2005 report."
"Global poverty can be cut in half by 2015 and eliminated by 2025 if the world’s richest countries including the United States, Japan and Germany more than double aid to the poorest countries, hundreds of development experts concluded in a report Monday."
"Instead of tackling the social and environmental issues embraced by the MDGs and the WSSD targets, governments' global funding priority in recent years has been the world's militaries, which receive the equivalent of nearly a trillion U.S. dollars annually, according to the Worldwatch report."
"By contrast, the MDGs could be achieved with additional funding of 50 billion dollars each year—money currently available in 'outdated, ineffective, or otherwise wasteful' military programs, according to the report."
" 'Do we understand that by doing things like reducing poverty, improving water sufficiency, making sure arable land is not so totally exhausted that food security becomes a huge issue, we also address the stability and security of the world's nations?" Renner said. 'In Washington [D.C.], that's a very hard sell.' " 1-05
- Water Pollution and Conservation
- -11-24-05 Chinese River Pollution 100 Tons (BBC News)
"A blast at a Chinese plant 12 days ago sent the equivalent of 10 tanker-loads of toxic chemicals into the Songhua river, Chinese state media report." 11-05
- -01-07-06 America Exporting Pollution? (ABC News)
"Americans bought an estimated $125 billion worth of consumer electronics — computers, monitors, cell phones, televisions — this past year. With hundreds of millions of them becoming obsolete every year in this country, what happens to all the stuff we don't want any more?" 01-06
- Ocean Heroes - Preventing Mercury Pollution (Oceana.org)
"Oceana honored Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Wild Oats Markets with the Ted Danson Ocean Hero Award for their leadership in preventing mercury exposure." 01-06
- -01-20-06 Pollution Worse in Vehicles than for Pedestrians (Scientific American)
" 'Walking is not just good for you from an exercise point of view but also from an exposure point of view," Kaur notes. "Sometimes people have the impression that the vehicle should provide some protection and that's not always the case.' " 01-06
- Water Pollution and Conservation (IAEA.org)
Provides an overview of the world situation. 04-06
- Ethanol Pollution Surprise (CBS News)
"Factories that convert corn into the gasoline additive ethanol are releasing carbon monoxide, methanol and some carcinogens at levels 'many times greater' than they promised, the government says."
"There are 61 ethanol plants, primarily in the Midwest, producing 2.3 billion gallons a year, and another 14 under construction. By the end of next year, the industry's output is expected to reach 3 billion gallons." 05-06
- 09-19-06 Mercury Now Polluting Our Food Chain - Pollution Is Reversable (ABC News)
"Mercury contamination is making its way into nearly every habitat in the United States, not just oceans, according to a report that the National Wildlife Federation will release Tuesday."
"[Felicia] Stadler[of the National Wildlife Federation] said she believes the key is for this country — and the whole world for that matter — to realize just how big a threat mercury pollution is to our ecosystems."
" 'We need to be as drastic at cutting mercury as we have been in cutting lead,' she said." 09-06
- -10-04-06 Experts Challenge EPA's Position on Air Pollution (PBS News)
"Pollution experts have 'serious scientific concerns' that newly unveiled U.S. air quality standards may pose risks to human health and welfare, according to a letter made public on Tuesday."
"The experts, all charter members of a key advisory panel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, questioned the agency's decision to keep annual standards for fine soot particles at the same level they have been since 1997." 10-06
- -04-02-07 Supreme Court Rejects Bush's Position on Pollution (ABC News)
"For the first time in its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has waded into the political debate on global warming."
"Under the Bush administration, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has argued that carbon dioxide and the like aren't pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and therefore, the agency has no power to regulate them."
"In a sweeping 5-4 decision released Monday, the Supreme Court rejected that position, declaring that Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars." 04-07
- -08-25-07 Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes in China (MSNBC News)
"No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo."
"But just as the speed and scale of China’s rise as an economic power have no clear parallel in history, so its pollution problem has shattered all precedents. Environmental degradation is now so severe, with such stark domestic and international repercussions, that pollution poses not only a major long-term burden on the Chinese public but also an acute political challenge to the ruling Communist Party. And it is not clear that China can rein in its own economic juggernaut." 08-07
- -12-22-07 Schwarzenegger: Bush Administration Position on Pollution Is Flawed (Time.com)
The federal E.P.A. agency ruled that states cannot have standards against pollution that are stronger than federal standards. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: "When I look at that, the Environmental Protection Agency is the Environmental Destruction Agency. The name says it protects the environment. How can that protect the environment when you don't want to let anyone really move forward with this agenda? And [as for] the excuse that it is a national issue and therefore it must be handled at a national level — I say to myself, 'Wait a minute, let me think this through for a second,' which we always do, we think a little bit. If you have a national problem with hunger and starvation, do I say, 'Stop feeding people at the local level. We can't get involved. We have to have a policy nationally. No, we don't.' " 12-07
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