Tagged: pollution

New poll finds climate change is not a big issue for Americans

In news that will neither shock nor surprise, a poll has found that Americans don’t care as much about global warming as they used to.

The survey, snappily titled “Every single climate poll done since that Al Gore movie came out”, conducted by theĀ Washington Post and Stanford University, found that climate change is no longer the top concern for Americans, and now ranks second to air and water pollution as the planet’s biggest environmental worry.

Just 18 percent named climate change as their top concern, compared to 33 percent in 2007.

Nonetheless, Americans do see the issue as a threat: three-quarters say they believe the Earth is getting warmer and will continue to do so if nothing is done.

Findings from the poll indicate that Washington’s decision to can action on climate policy means that the issue has receded from the public consciousness. Similarly, President Obama has slowed down on pushing a bill that would limit greenhouse gas emissions, after the proposal stalled in the Senate in 2010.


Glass ‘sponge’ to clean and reclaim wastewater

Scientists at Ohio’s College of Wooster chemistry department have stumbled upon a way of cleaning the water ‘produced’ from oil and gas extraction.

As much as 800 billion gallons of water is ‘created’ this way each year, but is generally unusable because of its toxicity. Now, though, a development in nano-engineering means that tiny glass ‘sponges’, known as Osorb, can remove more than 99 percent of oil and grease from water, and more than 90 percent of the volatile compounds that can poison drinking water.

The material absorbs small organic toxins whilst repelling water, and can be reused over 100 times after the chemical nasties have been removed. See it at work here: