July 5, 2003 |
A river polluted with waste from Brazil's biggest city, Sao Paulo, covered streets in a small colonial town Friday with a thick layer of snow-like foam that emits harmful acidic gas. A town official said the foam had been affecting Pirapora do Bom Jesus for about a month, but a clogged channel made the foam levels rise especially high, blocking bridges across the Tiete River. "It is all a dreadful consequence of Sao Paulo city's pollution," said Mare Brasilio, a town spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2003 |
Investigators from Arizona and the federal government raided the offices of a California waste company Tuesday after authorities said they uncovered evidence showing that the firm's employees have been selling methamphetamine ingredients seized at drug labs to drug dealers.
November 1, 1998 |
People living just outside this farming community are fighting a city plan to use a grove of poplar trees to suck sewage and industrial waste from the ground like 100-foot soda straws. The experimental new approach is generating interest around the world as a green solution to a messy problem, and Dallas is one of the first places it is being tried. Dallas plans to spray a grove of the trees with waste water from a computer circuit-board factory.
March 22, 1998 |
Scientist Mikhail Grachev spent a decade studying the natural wonders of Siberia's Lake Baikal--so ancient and isolated, its water is acclaimed as among the purest in the world. Last year, riding Russia's capitalist tide, he helped open a factory to bottle the lake and sell it. For Grachev, the commercial venture is an attempt to merge Russia's economic transformation with environmental preservation: to save the world's oldest and deepest lake by making money from it.
June 23, 1997 |
In another triumph for direct democracy in a country that tends to be ruled from the top down, Japanese voters Sunday rejected plans for an industrial waste plant in the central town of Mitake and signaled demands for a better balance between economic growth and environmental protection. Underscoring the interest in the issue, 87.5% of Mitake voters turned out for the poll and overwhelmingly rejected the plant by a vote of 10,373 to 2,442.
May 7, 1997
Republic Industries Inc. has agreed to acquire two solid-waste companies in Southern California and has bought a third in Idaho for a combined $65 million in stock, adding to Chairman Wayne Huizenga's waste-collection business. Consolidated Disposal Service Inc. of Santa Fe Springs collects waste in Los Angeles County, while Bel-Art Environmental Services Inc. serves Long Beach. The acquisitions are part of Republic's strategy to expand its waste business in the West.