Archive for November, 2010
Soil is subjected to a growing number of human-caused dangers from contamination, urbanization, desertification, salinization, mismanagement, and erosion. The soil ecosystem provides services necessary to manage and maintain a healthy and stable planet. Soil is key to carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water purification, and waste [...]Leia mais
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified a list of 134 chemicals that will be screened for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interact with and possibly disrupt the hormones produced or secreted by the human or animal endocrine system, [...]Leia mais
The European Commission has authorised France under EU state aid rules to provide an €11 million grant for the construction of a 43 MW boiler using renewable sources (biomass). The heat will be produced and delivered on the industrial site operated by Roquette Frères in Beinheim. The [...]Leia mais
The November 2010 issue of Environmental Pollution details successful experiments at the University of Cincinnati where rabbit’s food resulted in the abiotic (non-biological) transformation and absorption of four different types of estrogen, reducing the levels of these estrogen hormones by more than 80% in wastewater.
Currently, estrogen in [...]Leia mais
Investment in renewable energy must double in developing countries over the next decade just to meet their existing climate and energy supply ambitions, new research has found.
Published today, the report by an alliance of think-tanks called the Global Climate Network (GCN) argues that governments of richer countries must do more to persuade their private sectors [...]Leia mais
Agriculture contributes about eight per cent of all UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But the way farming emissions are calculated fails to take into account the differences between different farming practices or the effects of innovative approaches and new policies that aim to reduce GHG emissions. This [...]Leia mais
Two Extension specialists at the University of Illinois are working on the design of an innovative biofilter that will help reduce those odour emissions from fan-ventilated livestock buildings. Ted Funk, an Extension agricultural engineer with the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), and Matt Robert, [...]Leia mais
Copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) are routinely used as additives in feed for livestock and aquaculture farming. During their use as feed additives, it is inevitable that Cu and Zn will be released to the environment. Under Regulation (EC) 1831/3003 (EC, 2003), in order to protect human [...]Leia mais
Agriculture in developing countries must become ‘climate-smart’ in order to cope with the combined challenge of feeding a warmer, more heavily populated world, says a new FAO report.
Climate change is expected to reduce agriculture productivity, stability and incomes in many areas that already experience high levels of [...]Leia mais