Pollution

Limit antibiotic use on U.S. livestock, says the FDA
July 14, 2009 07:50 AM - Reuters

The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said a high-ranking FDA official on Monday. Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said restrictions on livestock use would reduce the opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance to drugs used by

Cassavas get cyanide hike from carbon emissions
July 13, 2009 10:58 AM - NewScientist

ONE of Africa's most important food crops is likely to become increasingly toxic as a result of carbon emissions.

Electric cars could charge to dominance in U.S.
July 13, 2009 08:32 AM - Reuters

Electric car sales could jump to 86 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales in 2030 if consumers don't have to buy batteries themselves, according to a University of California, Berkeley study to be released on Monday. A company called Better Place and emerging rivals plan to offer pay-per-mile plans, similar to cell phone minutes.

Climate Bill Debate Postponed By Senate
July 11, 2009 06:43 AM - Christopher Joyce, NPR

Legislation to slow climate change rolled into the Senate this week and almost immediately ground to a halt. After two days of hearings, Democratic leaders agreed to mothball the measure until September. They blamed a full schedule on health care reform and the president's Supreme Court nominee for the delay.

Climate Talks End With Meager Promises
July 10, 2009 08:10 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

International climate talks held in Italy this week ended with little progress. The rich industrial nations wouldn't promise to cut back their emissions in the near term. And China, India and the rest of the developing world wouldn't commit to cutting their emissions, ever. All nations of the world need to act to reduce the risk of a climate catastrophe. But so far, there's much more posturing than action.

Shell says U.S. oil refiners need more CO2 permits
July 9, 2009 10:30 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell urged the U.S. Senate on Wednesday to give oil refiners a bigger share of free pollution permits under a cap-and-trade plan to fight global warming than the House of Representatives provided in its climate change legislation.

Comment on: Princeton Plan Emerges as the Robin Hood of National Emissions Policy
July 8, 2009 03:00 PM - M Molendyke, ENN Community

Comment on a study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the article "Sharing Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Among 1 Billion High Emitters," compiled by numerous Princeton professors and researchers, among others from Harvard and abroad, is calling for new policy regarding international caps on carbon emissions.

Rice Concrete Cuts Greenhouse Emissions
July 7, 2009 10:55 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

A new way of processing rice husks for use in concrete could lead to a boom in green construction.

U.S. power plant emissions fall
July 7, 2009 06:46 AM - Reuters

U.S. power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide dropped sharply in the first half of the year as the electricity industry prepared for tighter regulation in 2010, Genscape said Monday. Sulfur dioxide emissions were down 24 percent compared to the first half of 2008, much more than would be expected due to the recession and lower electricity demand, the power industry data provider said in its quarterly review of energy trends.

Comment on: G8 "Scorecards" Released: USA Disappoints
July 6, 2009 02:27 PM - M Molendyke, ENN Community

the World Wildlife Fund and SE- Allianz released their 2009 "G8 Climate Scorecars" report, ranking the energy performance of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US. Based on three categories—"Improvements Since 1990", "Current Status", and "Policies for the Future", each with specific areas for potential growth, the 8 countries were ranked based on a "stoplight" system. No country received a green light for its overall performance (half got red lights), and the tone of the report was disappointment—Although the WWF applauded efforts of top ranked countries, never did they cede that any G8 country has reached its goals or is prepared for the future. Irony abounded too when it was noted in several of the country’s reports that decreasing emissions had occurred almost by accident (due to events like Russia’s economic decline and France’s construction of nuclear power plants). Here, we have a simplified summary of each country’s performance, along with notes about each nation’s green initiatives. Read the whole article and comment at the ENN Community.

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