Corn-based Plastic Packaging Hits The Marketplace
September 27, 2007 07:56 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A Florida body care company has launched an innovative and earth friendly way to package their products. Their new case, which contains five travel size products, is made entirely from 100% U.S. grown corn, not foreign petroleum. This material is produced from plastic that consists of polylactide, a corn-based versatile polymer.

Britain to start phasing out high energy lightbulbs
September 27, 2007 07:10 PM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will begin phasing out energy-guzzling incandescent lightbulbs early next year in favor of low energy varieties as part of its battle against climate change, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

The aim of the as yet voluntary deal with the major makers, retailers and energy utilities is to cut up to five million tonnes of climate warming carbon dioxide emissions a year by 2012 by cutting electricity demand.

"I am delighted that major companies have said they are prepared to help deliver this ambitious timetable and offer products which will help their own customers play their part in combating climate change," Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said.

Home sales fall, job market resilient
September 27, 2007 12:46 PM - Glenn Somerville, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new homes plunged in August and prices posted their biggest year-on-year drop in nearly 37 years, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday, underlining the depth of problems facing the U.S. housing sector.

A separate report from the Labor Department showing new claims for unemployment insurance fell a surprising 15,000 last week to 298,000 implied the drag from housing was not spilling into labor markets. Even so, speculation flared that more U.S. interest-rate cuts will be needed to counter a slowdown.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Finds Unique, Creative Ways to Reduce Waste
September 27, 2007 08:53 AM - , Green Lodging News

TORONTO—Fairmont Hotels’ commitment to protecting the environment is nothing new. For more than 15 years, Fairmont’s participation in comprehensive recycling and environmental protection programs has demonstrated its goal to minimize its impact on the planet. And the results have been tangible. But the effort goes beyond the expected. Each of the hotels within the Fairmont collection is making a difference in often unique and unheard of ways.

Baby Tigers And Baby Orangutans Become The Best of Friends
September 27, 2007 08:35 AM - Chris, Environmental Graffiti

A pair of Sumatran tiger cubs and a set of young orang-utans, all abandoned at birth, have become inseparable after sharing a room at an Indonesian zoo.

Prius A No, No - Peugeot, Citroen And Ford Are All Greener, Says New Study
September 27, 2007 08:30 AM - Chris, Environmental Graffiti

It looks like bad news for the Toyota Prius. A joint study between Cardiff University and Clifford Thames an automotive consultancy revealed tht far from being the greenest of the bunch, the Prius lagged behind the likes of Peugeot, Citroën, Ford, Smart, and other cars in a new environmental rating system.

Bush Climate Goals Marked by Bureaucracy
September 27, 2007 08:09 AM - John Heilprin -Associated Press

The United States is lining up with China, India and the world's other biggest polluters in opposition to mandatory cuts in Earth-warming greenhouse gases sought by the United Nations and European countries.

President Bush's two-day climate meeting, opening Thursday, will emphasize creating more processes to find a solution to global warming, rather than setting firm goals for reducing carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for heating up the atmosphere.

Poll: Many Pessimistic About Environment
September 27, 2007 07:49 AM - Alan Fram -Asoociated Press

People want their leaders to move boldly to help the environment but give them dismal grades for their actions so far, according to a poll released Wednesday that highlighted rampant pessimism on the issue.

Teen Breast Implant Fad Draws presidential Fire, In Venezuela
September 26, 2007 04:18 PM - Saul Hudson, Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez railed against a new trend in beauty-conscious Venezuela, giving girls breast implants for their 15th birthday.

"Now some people think, 'My daughter's turning 15, let's give her breast enlargements.' That's horrible. It's the ultimate degeneration," Chavez said late on Sunday on his weekly TV show that lasted a record eight hours.

Venezuela is well known for its beauty queens, who have regularly won world crowns, and many women have plastic surgery in the oil-rich country where there is widespread spending on consumer items that would be considered luxuries elsewhere.

What Are You Washing Your Baby With?
September 26, 2007 04:13 PM -

RIVERVIEW, Fla.- When new mothers are making a new commitment to live more natural, chemical-free lifestyles, they may think that changing diet alone is enough. Most families focus on moving into organic, farm- raised, or preservative-free food, a very good start. But, toxins hide elsewhere too. It's easy to miss the fact that large amount of chemicals are being absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin every day from soaps and shampoos. Not realizing that can prove to be a deadly mistake for their children over time.

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