In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised to 535,000 its estimate of the number of American children with potentially dangerous levels of lead in their blood. But for U.S. communities combating the lead hazards, there might never be any money from the group some say is most responsible for creating the problem: Companies that made lead pigment used in the old, flaking paint still coating millions of dwellings.Full Story»
In what’s being billed as the greatest environmental initiative of his presidency, Barack Obama announced on June 25 that his administration is instituting stringent mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions by power plants, factories and other industrial sources. Most environmentalists are happy that Obama is finally committing to decisive action to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.
According to BP, which has already spent $14 billion on clean-up and restoration, the Gulf is returning to baseline conditions prior to the disaster. “No company has done more, faster to respond to an industrial accident than BP did in response to the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010,” reports the company. But not everybody sees the situation that way. Many environmentalists are concerned that, while BP has done a thorough job removing visible oil from the water column and surface, little has been done to repair damage to marine life and ecosystems.
Package delivery companies like FedEx and UPS have come a long way in a relatively short time regarding sustainability,optimizing their choices of modes and otherwise streamlining energy use.