Better Ideas for Buildings: Emerging Technologies that Save Energy, Money, and the Environment
December 6, 2004 09:46 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced the publication of a new report, "Emerging Energy-Saving Technologies and Practices in the Buildings Sector as of 2004." This analysis reviewed 200 technologies and practices (T&Ps) in order to select those that promise to (1) save at least 0.25% of national electricity use, (2) avoid "lost opportunities" in new construction, rehab, or equipment replacement; or (3) capture important regional opportunities. Short summaries of 66 T&Ps complement text that describes their collective impact. Appendices offer a California-specific analysis and California climate sensitivity studies for national measures.
Mines to be Cleared for Thousands of Migrating Elephants
December 2, 2004 10:57 AM - UN Environment Programme
An ambitious project to clear deadly land mines from a wildlife sanctuary in southern Africa is being launched today in a bid to give thousands of elephants and local villagers new hope.
Federal Government Moves Jeopardize Nahanni National Park Expansion
December 2, 2004 10:49 AM - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Andy Scott to stop issuing mining prospecting permits for the South Nahanni watershed region — an area under consideration for expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Three Sustainable Businesses Win World Resources Institute Competition in Brazil
December 2, 2004 10:48 AM - World Resources Institute
A company that uses technology in the production of sustainable oils, another that organically produces fish, and a third that patented a product to enable water-free car washing have been announced as winners of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) New Ventures Investor Forum in Brazil.
WRI Conference Explores Business Solutions to Global Poverty
December 2, 2004 10:47 AM - World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute's (WRI) international conference on "Eradicating Poverty through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor"
It’s Easy Being Green At FedEx Kinko’s
December 2, 2004 10:46 AM - Rainforest Action Network
FedEx Kinko’s, one of America’s first businesses to implement an ”˜old growth free’ policy, leads the retail paper market on the path to sustainability with the introduction of a new private-label sheet that substantially increases the recycled content of its standard behind-the-counter stock, the company’s highest consumption area.
Oiled Birds Wash Up on Newfoundland Beaches
December 1, 2004 11:53 AM - International Fund for Animal Welfare
Hundreds of dead and dying oiled birds are washing up on the beaches of Newfoundland, but the oil in their feathers is not from the Terra Nova spill, indicating some ships crews are dumping their bilge oil near the spill to cover up their illegal actions.
Shark Finning is Caused by Longline Fishing
December 1, 2004 11:50 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD
On a recent trip to Bangkok, I make a visit to the Shark Fin Soup restaurant to take a look look at my first bowl.
Power Companies Fail To Chart Clear Course To Combat Climate Change
December 1, 2004 11:49 AM - WWF-US
Despite their role as the biggest contributors to climate change, a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reveals that the planet's largest power companies are failing to make use of available technologies to address the threat that climate change poses to the environment. Ranking Power, a new WWF report, documents the overall failure of major power sector companies around the world to significantly invest in renewable and efficient energy in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Almost two thirds of the companies evaluated received a score of less than one out of a possible ten for their response to global warming, with more than 90% rating below three. Rankings are based on the companies' current use of available technologies to reduce CO2 emissions, as well as clear commitments they have made for future improvements.
UN Report: Shut Down Fisheries to Save Sea Turtles
November 30, 2004 09:32 AM - The Sea Turtle Restoration Project
A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has repeated the recommendation of an earlier panel of experts that immediate attention be given to the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Among recommendations to address the threat of extinction of leatherback and loggerheads, the report recommended that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be closed, fishing capacity and effort reduced and financial support be directed towards developing countries to support conservation efforts. The FAO is meeting from 29 November to 2 December in Bangkok, Thailand to consider these recommendations.