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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

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Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii

via New York Times | Wed October 16, 2013
Legislators on the island of Kauai in Hawaii have approved a bill that would restrict the use of pesticides by companies developing genetically modified crops there.

New York City Air Quality Cleanest in Decades

via ABC | Fri September 27, 2013
Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city's air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations.

China, world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, will tax carbon

Story contains video Wed February 20, 2013
China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the country will levy a tax on carbon emissions, reports Xinhua.

Nations agree on legally binding mercury rules

via BBC | Sat January 19, 2013
More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks.

U.N. hails 25-year ozone treaty for preventing disaster

via Cosmos | Mon September 17, 2012
The United Nations treaty to protect the ozone layer signed 25 years ago prevented an environmental disaster, a chief U.N. scientist said, cautioning though that the Earth's radiation shield is still under threat.

Canada will no longer oppose global fight against asbestos

via Canadian Cancer Society | Fri September 14, 2012
The days of Canadian asbestos exports appear to be numbered, and anti-asbestos activists couldn’t be happier.

Green plants reduce street pollution 8 times more than previously believed

via E! Science News | Mon July 23, 2012
Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found.

Senate rejects GOP bid to lift EPA coal plant regulations

via LA Times | Sat June 23, 2012
Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-backed move Wednesday to scrap EPA regulations on mercury and toxic chemical emissions from coal power plants, not swayed by the contention that the rules are killing jobs, not saving lives.

60 percent reduction in acidity of Delaware rain

Story contains video via Terra Daily | Sat May 12, 2012
Several decades ago, precipitation in Delaware was among the most acidic in the country. Pollutants in the air reacted with rainwater to sprinkle sulfuric, nitric and carbonic acids onto the ground below, affecting crops and ecosystems statewide.

Toronto Becomes First City To Mandate Green Roofs

Story contains video via Crisp Green | Fri April 13, 2012
On April 30th, Toronto will become the first city in North America with a bylaw that requires roofs to be green. And we're not talking about paint. A green roof, also known as a living roof, uses various hardy plants to create a barrier between the sun's rays and the tiles or shingles of the roof.

US sets new carbon standard for power plants

Story contains video via AFP | Tue April 10, 2012
The United States set the first nationwide carbon standards on power plants, seeking to curb emissions from the burning of coal and revive the flagging fight against climate change.

Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report 2012: Bicycling is on the Rise

via Triple Pundit | Sun February 05, 2012
The Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report shows that bicycling is getting more popular as a method of transportation; the number of commuters who bicycle to work increased by 57% from 2000 to 2009.

California orders hike in number of super clean cars

via Globe and Mail | Wed February 01, 2012
California, long a national leader in cutting auto pollution, pushed the envelope further Friday as state regulators approved rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and put significantly more pollution-free vehicles on the road in coming years.

Swedish Cities Close to Building a Bicycle Superhighway

via Triple Pundit | Sun January 22, 2012
With all the handwringing over aging infrastructure, rising energy costs, high speed rail and other public transportation projects that are spiraling in costs, cities and towns could look at solutions that can improve mobility and do not the bust the budget: bicycles and bicycle paths.

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