Canadian retail chain pulls plastic water bottles
December 10, 2007 08:22 AM - Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.
Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op became the first major Canadian retailer to stop selling products that contain bisphenol A over fears the chemical can leach from plastic food and water containers.
U.N. seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian crises
December 10, 2007 05:29 AM - Reuters
Sudan is the biggest focus of the U.N. appeal, issued to governments on Monday. It wants $930 million for humanitarian work in 2008 in the country where violence and upheaval continues in the Darfur region.
All UK homes could be wind powered by 2020: govt
December 9, 2007 07:36 PM - Reuters
Britain has some of the best wind conditions for generating carbon-free electricity in the world but high construction costs and a sluggish planning process has limited its growth.
Nations bicker in Bali over "green" goods trade
December 9, 2007 06:55 AM - Reuters
JIMBARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rich and poor countries failed on Sunday to agree on a plan to open up trade in green goods, with Brazil fearing a major U.S.-EU proposal raised on the fringes of climate talks in Bali was a protectionist ruse.
At the end of two days of talks involving officials from 32 nations, including 12 trade ministers, a final news conference descended into farce as Brazil and the United States swapped recriminations.
Jet-setting hockey players aim to slash emissions
December 7, 2007 05:18 PM - Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - With 30 teams crisscrossing North America throughout the 82-game season, the National Hockey League takes its toll on the environment.
Grandma Dreams Up Big Solar Plan in Kitchen
December 7, 2007 08:39 AM - Marguerite Manteau Rao., Environmental Graffiti
Lisa Max is no ordinary 64 year-old grandma.
Tired of paying too much for her electricity, and also wanting to help the environment, she started a grassroots campaign out of her kitchen in San Rafael, a small town North of San Francisco, to lower the cost of solar power for people in her community. Initially, Lisa Max’s idea was to replicate an initiative from a group of 66 households in Portola Valley, another Bay Area town, who was able, last year, to buy discounted solar installations through a community purchase plan.
China halts batch of U.S. potato chips
December 6, 2007 11:32 PM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China halted the import of a batch of Procter & Gamble potato chips from the United States for containing a banned additive, state media reported on Friday.
But a China-based P&G spokesman blamed the Chinese importer and said the shipment had nothing to do with the U.S. consumer goods giant.
China has stepped up quality checks on domestic producers in the wake of a series of global scandals involving substandard food and drug exports in recent months, but has also made a point of naming foreign companies that it says have failed its own quality standards.
U.S. childhood cancer death rate declines sharply
December 6, 2007 02:10 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cancer death rate for children in the United States has declined sharply -- down 20 percent from 1990 to 2004 -- thanks to better treatment of leukemia and other cancers, health officials said on Thursday.
Silver Lining to Climate Change - Green Jobs
December 6, 2007 09:09 AM - UNEP
Bali/Nairobi, 6 December 2007 - As representatives from over 180 countries gather in Bali to map a post 2012 agreement, new research shows the challenge of climate change also presents opportunities for new industries and employment.
"Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated linings on the cloud of climate change," said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
New study finds biodiversity conservation secures ecosystem services for people
December 6, 2007 08:48 AM - Conservation International
Healthy ecosystems that provide people with essential natural goods and services often overlap with regions rich in biological diversity, underscoring that conserving one also protects the other, according to a new study.
Titled Global Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the report confirms the value of making biological diversity a priority for conservation efforts. It shows that more than 70 percent of the world’s highest priority areas for biodiversity conservation also contain significant value in ecosystem services such as fresh water, food, carbon storage, storm buffers and other natural resources that sustain human life and support social and economic development.