Lifestyle

U.S. Appeals Court Orders New Fuel Economy Standards
November 15, 2007 04:23 PM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ordered the federal highway commission to formulate new fuel economy standards for upcoming models of light trucks to take into account the environmental impact of their emissions.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ordered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to close a loophole allowing SUVs and other light trucks to satisfy lower fuel efficiency standards than cars.

Chevy Tahoe Hybrid wins "Green Car of Year"
November 15, 2007 04:11 PM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - General Motors Corp's (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) sport utility vehicle, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, was named "Green Car of the Year" at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday.

Map to better health care: centralize, organize
November 15, 2007 10:47 AM - Maggie Fox -Reuters

Experts laid out a health care road map for U.S. presidential candidates on Thursday, recommending more organized care, with an emphasis on overall health as opposed to expensive interventions.

They said it will be essential to ensure that everyone in the United States has health insurance and said the most pragmatic way to achieve this would be a combination of federal, state, employer and private coverage.

Can “Dumping Soda” Mitigate Global Obesity Trends?
November 15, 2007 09:46 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

Consumer groups on five continents are promoting a new “Dump Soda” campaign to educate people about the links between soft-drink marketing and rising childhood obesity. “Multinational giants like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are flooding the world with beverages that are nothing more than ‘liquid candy,’” said Bruce Silverglade, legal director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is coordinating the campaign with the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations. “As a result, consumers, including children, in all corners of the globe are increasingly developing obesity, ‘adult onset’ diabetes, and other health problems.”

Over 35 million Americans Faced Hunger in 2006: USDA
November 15, 2007 09:09 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said the number of Americans who went hungry in 2006 was held in check at 35 million people from the prior year, but food advocacy groups said on Wednesday more needs to be done.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said a total of 12.65 million households were "food insecure," or 10.9 percent of U.S. homes, up from 12.59 million a year ago.

The USDA defines food insecurity - its metric for measuring hunger - as having difficulty acquiring enough food for the household throughout the year.

German Carmakers Lag France, Italy in CO2 Cuts: Group
November 15, 2007 09:03 AM - Reuters

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars made by German manufacturers rose in 2006, while French and Italian producers cut pollution from their vehicles, data showed on Thursday.

Brussels-based environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E) said average emissions from new German vehicles jumped 0.6 percent last year because Germany was producing heavier cars, while French and Italian manufacturers cut emissions from their new cars by 1.6 percent on average.

Eyewitness to climate change
November 14, 2007 06:39 PM - WWF

WWF has launched a Climate Witness Programme for people to share how climate change is directly affecting them.

Researchers Get Stem Cells From Cloned Monkeys
November 14, 2007 03:31 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have cloned monkeys and used the resulting embryos to get embryonic stem cells, an important step towards being able to do the same thing in humans, they reported on Wednesday.

Shoukhrat Mitalipov and colleagues at Oregon Health & Science University said they used skin cells from monkeys to create cloned embryos, and then extracted embryonic stem cells from these days-old embryos.

This had only been done in mice before, they reported in the journal Nature. Mitalipov had given sketchy details of his work at a conference in Australia in June, but the work has now been independently verified by another team of experts.

 

Carbon Job Market Booming but Talent Pool is Dry
November 14, 2007 12:55 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Million-dollar jobs in the infant global carbon market, which will double in value to $60 billion this year, are standing vacant because of a lack of suitable talent, according to senior recruiters in the industry.

Armed with lucrative pay packages, recruiters are scouring a niche international talent pool for potential applicants in the three-year old carbon trading sector.

 

New Technology Turns Plastic Bags into Steel
November 14, 2007 08:09 AM - ,

As we all know, plastic bags don't have a lot of fans among the world's eco-activists. When you're shopping at Whole Foods, you're shamed into picking paper every time, despite the evidence that plastic isn't really any worse for the world. (Really want to be green? Go with canvas instead.)

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