Archive for februar, 2008

Environmental News Online (ENO): Now Live

ENO Logo The news site ENO, short for “Environmental News Online” has now been live for a few days. News about the environment has been increasingly popular, and large news corporations are devoting entire sections to the environment.

Joanna Geary points out that the big challenge for journalists covering this area is how you report stories that will build a relationship of trust with the reader. I think ENO tackles this problem very well. ENO have the privilege, of having beat journalists assigned to every major aspect of the environment. This gives every journalist better chances of ensuring facts by building trust and credibility with both sources and readers.


februar 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm 15 kommentarer

The ‘GHI’ of Water Pollution


Groundwater PollutionGroundwater describes any kind of water “trapped” underneath the surface of the earth. It can be flowing water, permafrost or water mixed with other liquids. Groundwater is not static, in the sense that it stays a a particular level in the earth, it travels with time and move down the water table. Groundwater is normally of a very good quality because of the natural filtering that occurs when then the water passes through the ground.

februar 25, 2008 at 8:15 am 10 kommentarer

The ‘DEF’ of Water Pollution


DNAPLDNAPL (dense nonaqueous phase liquid), is a liquid that is more dense, and doesn’t dissolve easily with water. High concentrates of this substance can form a carpet like area on the water surface or lake or river bed. This will restrict the amount of sunlight breaking through the water and impact plants and other organisms requiring sunlight. Including the photosynthesis that produces oxygen. Liquids from chlorine will often act as a DNAPL.

februar 18, 2008 at 8:49 am 3 kommentarer

Is ‘Nord Stream’ Holding Back Information About the Gas Pipeline in the Baltic Sea?

Screenshot from the BBC feature about Nord StreamThe much discussed Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline planned by the German-Russian company Nord Stream, has suffered a setback by having their application declined by the Swedish Government. The Swedish government have found it lacking key information, stating that it does not fulfill the requirements to be considered.

It is not clear what specific information is missing from the application, but the Swedish Government state that the following requirements were sent to Nord Stream.

februar 15, 2008 at 6:45 am 28 kommentarer

The ‘ABC’ of Water Pollution


Algal BloomAlgae is a natural occurrence in both fresh and salt-water and the word describes all plant-like organism that exist in aquatic areas. An Algal Bloom is when these plants are multiplying at such a rate that they dominate the aquatic area around them.
Some Algae is more dangerous than others, but common to all of them is that when these plants die from overpopulation, they take up vast amount of oxygen. This means that the organism including fish can’t survive because of the lack of oxygen.

februar 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm 40 kommentarer

10 Things You Should Know About Water Pollution in Europe

  1. The dirtiest coasts in Europe are found in Lithuania and Estonia.
  2. 70% of all surface waters in The Czech Republic are heavily polluted.
  3. 40% of Hungary’s tap water is already contaminated.
  4. In Poland, 75% of the country’s river water, is too polluted even for industrial use.
  5. The Baltic Sea north of Germany is among the most polluted in the world today.
  6. 30% of The Czech Republic rivers are so polluted that no fish can survive.
  7. In just one year, from 2004-2005, the quality of water in Europe’s rives and lakes used for swimming and water sports, worsened by 10%.
  8. Greece has the cleanest coastal waters in Europe, followed by Spain and Germany.
  9. The Sarno in Italy is the most polluted river in Europe!
  10. Only 22% of the bathing water in Slovakia, meet the EU standard guidelines for freshwater areas.

Sources and more facts about water pollution in Europe:

februar 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm 12 kommentarer

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