Water Pollution

Fossil Fuel Production Up Despite Recession

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World production of fossil fuels-oil, coal, and natural gas-increased 2.9 percent in 2008 to reach 27.4 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) per day.1 (See Figure 1.) In the first half of the year, producers strained to meet global demand, but when the recession took hold later in the year the market was swamped by excess supply. Energy prices reflected this shift: oil peaked at $144 per barrel in July, then fell to $34 per barrel in December.2 Continuing a decade-long trend, most of the growth was in the... region. ... Read more about Fossil Fuel Production Up Despite Recession

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Mooo-ve That Manure: Agricultural Runoff A Spreading Public Health Issue

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Runoff from agriculture is the biggest polluter of the country's river and stream water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it has been fingered for hypoxic dead zones and toxic red tide algae blooms. But how much of that runoff makes it into people's drinking water closer to home? ... Read more about Mooo-ve That Manure: Agricultural Runoff A Spreading Public Health Issue

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Water Pollution, Scarcity Top China's Environmental Challenges Says New Circle of Blue / GlobeScan Global Survey

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Contamination of China's fresh water resources from industrial pollution and inadequate sewage treatment is seen by Chinese residents as the nation's most critical environmental priority, according to a new public opinion survey. The survey by Circle of Blue, an American multi-media news and science organization, and GlobeScan, a global public opinion polling firm, also found that people are hungry for more information. ... Read more about Water Pollution, Scarcity Top China's Environmental Challenges Says New Circle of Blue / GlobeScan Global Survey

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