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2008-12-31 13:26:07

An estimated 10 percent of vehicles in Beijing will be removed as of Thursday following the launch of a new initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. High-emission, or so-called "yellow-label" vehicles, are to be removed from city streets after a three-month grace period. If drivers are found to be driving one of these vehicles within the city's Fifth Ring Road, they will be fined 100 yuan, which amounts to $15. Also, drivers found to be driving within the 6th Ring Road after...

2008-12-29 13:03:00

Power Plants Must Prepare to Meet Ozone, Fine Particulate Emissions Standards Jan. 1 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania will move ahead with its plans to implement the federal Clean Air Interstate Rule on Jan. 1 after a federal court reversed an earlier decision that struck down the rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fix flaws in the Clean Air Interstate Rule, or CAIR, but...

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2008-12-16 16:50:00

Chinese government regulators had clearer skies and easier breathing in mind in the summer of 2008 when they temporarily shuttered some factories and banished many cars in a pre-Olympic sprint to clean up Beijing's air. And that's what they got. They were not necessarily planning for something else: an unprecedented experiment using satellites to measure the impact of air pollution controls. Taking advantage of the opportunity, NASA researchers have since analyzed data from NASA's Aura and...

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2008-11-24 17:09:21

European Union governments made progress Monday on an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars, but did not reach consensus on the details, diplomats said.  Any agreement must strike the right compromise between the EU's struggling car industry and the bloc's priority in fighting global warming through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The lack of consensus likely means the governments and the European Parliament will not reach a final deal on the matter in...

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2008-09-25 12:40:00

In a surprising backlash on Thursday against the motor industry's efforts to ease its burden in the fight against climate change, European Union lawmakers rejected a bid to delay planned limits on carbon dioxide emissions from cars.German Green group member Rebecca Harms said it was a big surprise. "There was a big fight with industry and governments, and the Germans and French were adding a lot of pressure."German conservative lawmakers said the proposal threatened billions of euros of...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Sean Crowley, +1-202-572-3331, scrowley@edf.org, Vickie Patton, +1-303-447-7215, vpatton@edf.org, or Janea Scott, +1-213- 223-2186, jscott@edf.org, all of Environmental Defense Group Says Clean Air Standards Will Cut Summertime Smog Pollution, Protect Kids Health WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today took action to cut pollution from a major source of summertime smog and to protect human health by...

2008-07-24 15:01:02

SALEM, Mass., July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dominion , one of the nation's largest energy producers, announced today that it would continue to operate the Salem Harbor Power Station in compliance with strict environmental regulations. The announcement was made in accordance with an agreement the company has with Massachusetts and other parties to declare its plans for the station by this summer. "Salem Harbor has demonstrated that it is a viable, reliable and an environmentally sound...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

By Tom Wanamaker, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. Jul. 13--ALBANY -- Friday's federal appeals court ruling that struck down the Clean Air Interstate Rule has been roundly criticized by the Adirondack Council. "By striking down the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the court has left all of the Northeastern states vulnerable to acid rain and fine particles of smoke that damage people's lungs," said Scott Lorey, director of government relations for the Adirondack Council, a conservation advocacy...

2008-07-11 15:00:41

By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier, Va. Jul. 11--ABINGDON, Va. -- While a new coal-fired power plant under construction in Wise County will add another local pollution source, the permitting process for it has spurred emissions reductions at an existing power plant nearby. Appalachian Power's Clinch River Power Plant in Russell County, Va., must reduce its emissions after air-quality computer modeling showed potential for a problem, said company representatives and Virginia...

2008-07-11 15:00:25

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Ailis Aaron Wolf, +1-703-276-3265, aaaron@hastingsgroup.com, for Environmental Integrity Project, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON,July 11/PRNewswire-USNewswire/--Environmental Integrity Project Director Eric Schaeffer issued the following statement this morning: Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which would have required significant reductions of sulfur dioxide and other pollutants in eastern states. The CAIR...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'