Pollution Locator: USA Over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released by industry into the nation's environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens. Scorecard can give you a detailed report on chemicals being released from any of 20,000 industrial facilities, or a summary report for any area in the country. Scorecard spotlights the top polluters in the U.S., and ranks states and counties by pollutant releases. Provide your zipcode to get a report for your community, or use the Pollution Locator to search for reports on specific areas. To zoom in to your state's report, click on the map below. United States Environmental Release Reports Available at This Level View National Report
BULGE WAVE ANACONDA Environment News Latest green news Why the carbon tax should stay Jemma Green There is no shortage of people advocating to 'scrap the carbon tax', saying that it will reduce electricity prices and make Australia more competitive. But it doesn’t stack up when you look at the numbers, says Jemma Green. Economy Is the world going to run out of food? Eduardo Porter Two centuries ago a dour Englishman predicted that exponential population growth would condemn humanity to the edge of subsistence. Exxon Mobil sees little risk to fossil fuel assets Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, says risks related to climate change pose little risk to its oil and gas reserves because the resources will be needed to meet expected growth in energy demand. Beachfront land rights head to court HEATH GILMORE Disputes over the ownership of land gradually surrendered to the sea date back to 14th-century England. Summer daze but Bright needs colour Japan will abide by court's whaling decision
Unsustainable Future Melton Community Supported Agriculture | Peri-Urban Permaculture On The Basalt Plains GMO win: Developing plants that accommodate climate change The ability to promote agricultural and conservation successes in the face of rapid environmental change will partly hinge on scientists' understanding of how plants adapt to local climate. To improve scientists' understanding of this phenomenon, a study in the Oct. 7, 2011 issue of Science helps define the genetic bases of plant adaptations to local climate. The National Science Foundation partly funded the study, which was conducted by Alexandre Fournier-Level of Brown University and colleagues. The study involved growing a diverse panel of strains of the mustard plant, Arabidopsis, in various locations within its native range in Finland, Germany, England and Spain. The adaptability of a strain of the Arabidopsis plant to any particular climate is determined by a relatively small number of genes -- in most cases, around 100 genes. (Photo Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation)
50 Doomiest Graphs of 2010 The Graph of the Day feature comprises Desdemona’s assault on the left hemisphere of the brain, in the quixotic quest against delusional hope. This post complements the media barrage on the right hemisphere, 50 Doomiest Photos of 2010. 2010 yielded a torrent of new scientific data that documents the accelerating destruction of the biosphere, and Desdemona managed to capture a few graphs from the flood. Here are the most doom-laden graphs of 2010, chosen by scope, length of observational period, and sleekness of presentation. Open up your left hemisphere and drink in the data. 2013 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2012 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2011 doomiest graphs, images, and stories 2010 doomiest graphs, images, and stories Americans’ Beliefs about the Evidence for Global Warming Americans’ Beliefs about the Evidence for Global Warming, by Departure of Local Weather from Normal Temperature in Week Prior to Survey. Thermal Stress on Caribbean Corals, 1985–2006 U.S. U.S.
New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel It sounds like a strange combination: zinc oxide crystals, water, and noise pollution. But scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that the mix can efficiently produce hydrogen without the need for a dirty catalyst like oil. By submerging a new type of zinc oxide crystal in water, the scientists claim to be able to harvest hydrogen using vibrations from passing traffic and crashing waves. To generate the clean hydrogen, researchers produced zinc oxide crystals that absorb vibrations when placed in water. The mechanism, dubbed the piezoelectrochemical effect, converts 18% of energy from vibrations into hydrogen gas (compared to 10% from conventional piezoelectric materials). + Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Via New Scientist Lead photo by Oak Ridge National Laboratory