Pollution

G8 environment ministers: halve emissions by 2050
May 26, 2008 02:45 AM - Reuters

Environment ministers from the G8 rich nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to forge a new treaty on global warming by the end of next year.

StatoilHydro says oil leaking at North Sea field
May 24, 2008 06:33 AM - Reuters

Norwegian energy group StatoilHydro reported a serious oil leak at its Statfjord oilfield in the North Sea on Saturday and said it evacuated all but emergency workers from platform A where oil is still leaking. "The situation is serious and confused," StatoilHydro said in a statement. No one is hurt or missing and clean-up crews have been mobilized to deal with the spill, the company said.

Why Recycling Is Worth It
May 23, 2008 08:43 AM - , Big Green Purse

Still wondering why you should bother recycling your aluminum cans? Just ask Greg Wittbecker. He's the director of Corporate Metal Recycling for Alcoa and a big proponent of boosting the paltry amount the U.S. recycles (52% of cans) to 75%.

HP goes green with recycled plastic printer
May 23, 2008 08:30 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Hewlett-Packard is launching its new line of greener products with the D2545 color inkjet printer. The Energy Star qualified printer is made of 83% recycled plastic and comes with a cartridge made of recycled plastic resins.

EU agrees to outlaw 'green' crimes

After eight years of negotiation, the European Parliament has reached an agreement with member states on legislation that will force national governments to apply criminal sanctions to those causing deliberate or negligent damage to the environment. The agreement will infuriate British Conservatives who have been fighting tooth and nail against what they called an "intrusion" into national criminal law.

Air quality agency approves first-in-the-nation fees for emissions.
May 22, 2008 08:45 AM - the San Francisco Chronicle

Jumping ahead of state and federal regulators, the Bay Area air quality district became the first in the nation on Wednesday to impose fees on businesses that pump some of the highest levels of carbon dioxide into the air each year.

Extended Producer Responsibility and the E-waste problem

The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread practice in North America.

Radical Solution to Climate Change: Global Dimming through Sulphur
May 22, 2008 08:26 AM - , Triple Pundit

Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and Australia’s best-known global warming expert, yesterday released a new climate forecast. Since his last major forecast in 2005, he has projected a direr outcome and in turn suggests consideration of radical solutions to the global warming phenomenon, including ”˜dimming’ through sulphur. Professor Flannery spoke at a business and sustainability conference at Parliament House in Australia on Monday.

Trash and burn: Singapore's waste problem
May 22, 2008 07:17 AM - Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Creeping out of their condo after dark carrying illicit bags of garbage was not part of the life Sarah Moser and her husband envisioned for themselves before moving to tropical Singapore. But with recycling in its infancy on the island, such nocturnal escapades have become normal for the two academics.

U.S. Postal Service Begins E-Waste Recycling Program
May 21, 2008 09:31 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

In an effort to improve electronics recycling in the United States, the U.S. Postal Service is developing a free national collection program for small electronic items. The program, now in a pilot stage, provides courtesy envelopes with pre-paid postage for patrons to deposit their unwanted digital cameras, printer cartridges, MP3 players, cell phones, and PDAs. International recycling company Clover Technologies Group processes the devices in its U.S. and Mexican facilities and then refurbishes and resells them if possible.

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