Bill Clinton, Green Building Council Launch Effort To Green US Schools
November 7, 2007 04:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Chicago - Today at the world’s largest green building exposition in Chicago, Greenbuild 2007, former President Bill Clinton announced a joint commitment to green all of America’s schools within a generation.
Earth Day Network (EDN) – a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) partner – and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) joined former President Clinton in making this announcement to the American public and media.
Today’s event formally kicked-off Earth Day Network’s national Green Schools campaign, which includes three major initiatives: greening all new and existing school structures within a generation; developing and building healthier play areas and recreational facilities for all students; and working to greatly improve the food children eat in K-12 schools. Along with USGBC and the Clinton Foundation, Earth Day Network will expand the green schools movement through legislation, education, and corporate and community volunteer greening efforts.
Caution Urged on Food Miles Issue
November 7, 2007 12:31 PM - Reuters
LONDON - Ending imports of fresh food from Africa under the pretext of combating climate change risks destroying entire communities that have become dependent on the trade, Ghana's High Commissioner to Britain said on Wednesday.
So-called food miles -- the distance food travels from producer to consumer -- have become a highly divisive issue as environmentalists try to persuade people to reduce the amount of climate warming carbon gases their lifestyle emits.
Store-bought freshwater fish contain elevated levels of mercury, arsenic and selenium
November 7, 2007 10:01 AM - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
WASHINGTON, D.C.– White bass wild-caught and sold commercially contained significantly higher levels of mercury, arsenic and selenium than fish caught near former industrial areas. A University of Pittsburgh study, presented at a special session on “Contaminants in Freshwater Fish: Toxicity, Sources and Risk Communication,” expressed study results that mercury levels in freshwater fish were 2.2 to 4.8 times higher in fish caught in the Canadian Lake Erie than in those caught near former iron and steel mills on the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh.
Astronomers Find System With Five Planets
November 7, 2007 09:05 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON - NASA scientists said they discovered a fifth planet orbiting a star outside our own solar system and say the discovery suggests there are many solar systems that are, just like our own, packed with planets.
The new planet is much bigger than Earth, but is a similar distance away from its sun, a star known as 55 Cancri, the astronomers said on Tuesday.
China Vows New Facelift for Pollution-Battered Buddha
November 7, 2007 09:01 AM - Reuters
BEIJING - Chinese authorities will give a "facelift" to the world's tallest stone-carved Buddha just six years after the last repair effort as they struggle to fend off the effects of pollution and crowds, state media reported.
Carved out off a cliff beside a river, the 71-metre (233-ft) image of the seated Buddha at Leshan in the southwestern province of Sichuan is a magnet for tourists and the focus of local pride.
The Next Generation of Carbon Neutral Shipping ?
November 6, 2007 04:22 PM - Paul Schaefer
Denver, CO – Carbon neutral shipping has arrived. A Colorado company called Ship Green has launched an alternative that provides shoppers with tools to calculate and offset the carbon emissions created by each product shipped. The owners designed it they say to make it possible for customers to reduce the carbon footprint of each purchase. As businesses race to position themselves as leaders in the green economy. The new service targets both individuals and companies in the United States.
Diesel fumes may increase heart attack, stroke threat
November 6, 2007 01:58 PM - By Will Dunham
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Inhaling diesel exhaust fumes causes changes in the body that may make people more prone to heart attack or stroke, researchers said on Tuesday.
European scientists found that blood clots are more likely to form in otherwise healthy people exposed to relatively high amounts of diesel engine exhaust for a short time. This could cause a blocked vessel, heart attack or stroke.
Poll finds nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults go online
November 6, 2007 12:52 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do you find yourself going online more and more? You're not alone.
Four out of five U.S. adults go online now, according to a new Harris Poll.
The survey, which polled 2,062 adults in July and October, found that 79 percent of adults -- about 178 million -- go online, spending an average 11 hours a week on the Internet.
Seafood Companies Call on Canada to End Seal Hunt
November 6, 2007 10:36 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON – A list of well-respected seafood distributors are boycotting select seafood imports to protect Canadadian seal populations and end Canada's seal hunting practices. These distributors supply seafood to major U.S. chains, including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Sam’s Club and Target.
The boycott has won the full support of the influential Humane Society of the United States who applauded the participation of some of Canada's most respected seafood distributors.
“ The cruelty involved in Canada ’s commercial seal hunt is unacceptable,” said Jim Chambers of Prime Seafood, one of the top seafood suppliers to restaurants in the Washington , D.C. metro area. “I’m a bit surprised that Canada ’s sustainable seafood advocates haven’t come out against the commercial seal hunt yet. I hope they do. They have the power to help bring the hunt to an end.”
Australian researchers find hunger switch
November 6, 2007 08:23 AM - Reuters
Australian scientists have found how to switch hunger on and off using a molecule that targets the brain -- a discovery which could stop weight loss in terminally ill patients or produce weight loss in the morbidly obese.
The molecule, known as MIC-1, is produced by common cancers and targets receptors in the brain that switch off appetite. But Australian researchers found that by using antibodies against MIC-1 they were able to switch appetite back on.