Climate

EPA to develop rule to cut toxic emissions at power plants
October 24, 2009 10:25 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to issue rules by November 2011 to cut toxic air pollution at electric generating plants that burn coal or fuel oil, a federal court ruled. The court-ordered agreement issued on Thursday will reduce mercury pollution and soot that cause asthma, bronchitis and other heath problems, particularly in children.

World Leaders Must Rescue Talks From Pessimistic Climate
October 23, 2009 09:03 AM - WWF

World leaders must respond to an outbreak of diplomatic pessimism on the chances of reaching a legally binding global deal on climate change in Copenhagen this December, WWF said today.

Polar Express - Polar Bear Habitat to be Protected
October 23, 2009 07:24 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A vast swath of icy sea, barrier islands and coastal land on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope will be granted special protection because of its importance to the threatened polar bear, under a proposal released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Are you repelled by insect repellents?
October 22, 2009 04:10 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Many people are concerned about what might be in the insect repellants they apply to their skin or clothing. To repel some mosquitoes, ticks, or other pests, we risk exposure to toxic chemicals with potential health effects. Not to worry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new Web page containing product information on certain skin-applied insect repellents. EPA’s goal is to provide the public with information on registered insect repellents and their effectiveness claims in a clear, consistent, and user-friendly format.

Hydropower industry braces for glacier-free future
October 22, 2009 08:21 AM - Emma Thomasson, Reuters

From the Himalayas to the Andes, faster-melting glaciers spell short-term opportunities -- and long-term risks -- for hydroelectric power and the engineering and construction industries it drives.

EU ministers plan to curb CO2 from planes, ships

European environment ministers agreed on a proposal on Wednesday to curb global emissions from planes and ships by 10 percent and 20 percent over the next decade in the fight against climate change.

Space Agencies and Google Join Forces to Track Deforestation via Satellites
October 21, 2009 01:20 PM - Vanessa L. Bourler, ENN

Space agencies around the world are teaming up with Google Inc. and the conservation organization Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to annually monitor deforestation rates using satellite imagery. This data can be used to evaluate forest carbon stocks across the globe.

Power Generating Parking Lots Planned in Palmdale, CA
October 21, 2009 08:31 AM - Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times

In an effort to tap one of the high desert's most abundant resources, Palmdale is allowing large shopping centers and business parks to install small wind turbines in their parking lots to save on electricity costs. A 17-turbine plot is already in the works at Sam's Club, a members-only retail warehouse owned by Wal-Mart.

Clean Diesel Program is Clear Success, Says US EPA
October 21, 2009 06:43 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The EPA says in a report to Congress that the Clean Diesel Program is working as planned. The program, funded at $50 million last year, allowed EPA to fund the purchase or retrofitting of 14,000 diesel-powered vehicles and pieces of equipment, reducing the potential for respiratory illnesses and saving money in communities nationwide.

Pakistan Village Finds Shelter in New Eco-Friendly Homes
October 20, 2009 10:53 AM - Zafreen Ebrahim, IPS

Twenty-five of the poorest households in Village Haji Jaffar Jamari, Pakistan were chosen as beneficiaries for the People’s Housing Program, dubbed 'Benazir Model', named after the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was launched on May 1, 2009 to provide energy-efficient, low-cost and disaster-proof housing for the poor in Sindh province. The housing program, which will see the construction of 500 units for the poor, is being jointly undertaken by the provincial government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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