Pollution

Dutch gas guzzler tax hammers exclusive cars
February 1, 2008 07:24 AM - Reuters

Buying a Hummer just became 19,000 euros ($28,000) more expensive in the Netherlands. A new "guzzle tax" came into force on Friday, penalizing cars that exceed a limit on emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as the Netherlands seeks to reduce its contribution to global warming.

Airbus to fly an A380 on synthetic fuel
February 1, 2008 05:41 AM - Reuters

Airbus is planning to fly an A380, the world's largest airliner, on alternative fuel for the first time, the planemaker said on Friday. A double-decker aircraft loaded with special fuel derived from natural gas will take off from the Airbus plant at Filton near Bristol in western England at 1400 GMT (9 a.m. EST) and perform a three-hour test flight ending at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France, it said.

A garbage /septage cocktail for fuel.
January 31, 2008 10:38 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Here’s a frothy brew you wouldn’t want to put a straw into: a not-so-tasty blend of sewage and garbage. As unappealing as it may seem together the two can cut greenhouse gases, help cleanup water supplies and add a new source of green and endlessly renewable fuel, all with the help of a new patented invention by Viridis Waste Control: Septage Bioreactor Landfill (TM) technology.

Globalization Poison
January 31, 2008 09:36 AM - Nin-Hai Tseng, Global Policy Innovations Program

If we're to do business, keep the poison away. Such is the message reverberating lately in the global marketplace. Mercury tests of tuna sushi bought in October by the New York Times from Manhattan restaurants and stores revealed toxic levels high enough to warrant precaution for children and pregnant women. Some suppliers have argued that because mercury enters the oceans as an industrial pollutant, its presence in fish is out of their control and must instead be dealt with on a global level.

Free Reusable Bags at Whole Foods
January 31, 2008 09:08 AM - , Big Green Purse

Whole Foods Markets from New Jersey to Virginia began giving away one free reusable bag per customer yesterday to encourage shoppers to “BYOB” — Bring Your Own Bag. The bag had already caught my eye, not only because it’s so cheerful and colorful, but also because it’s made from 80% post-consumer waste. Plus, it’s got a washable surface and actually seems more ample inside than the standard paper grocery bag.

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2006
January 31, 2008 08:08 AM - Reuters

Britain reversed previous estimates to say its emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases fell in 2006, showing on Thursday that it was already nearing a self-imposed goal for 2025. Britain says it is a world leader in the fight against global warming and is introducing legally binding targets to cut carbon emissions by 26-32 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 below 1990 levels.

EU steps up legal action vs Italy over Naples waste
January 31, 2008 06:51 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will step up legal action against Italy over the country's handling of a rubbish crisis in Naples, it said on Thursday. "The European Commission is sending Italy a final written warning over the chronic waste crisis plaguing Naples and the rest of the Campania region," the EU executive said in a statement.

France scraps licenses for 1,500 pesticides
January 30, 2008 08:42 AM - Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France will ban the sale of more than 1,500 pesticides from February 1 as part of a larger plan to cut by 50 percent the use of phytosanitary products in the next 10 years, the farm ministry said. "Michel Barnier, minister for agriculture and fisheries, has announced the cancellation, before February 1, of marketing licenses for products containing 30 substances considered as the most worrying," it said in a statement released late on Tuesday.

Indigenous peoples win conservation successes in Chile
January 30, 2008 08:41 AM - WWF

A near 20 year struggle for land rights and conservation of their rare Araucaria forests for an indigenous Pehuenche community of the Andes range has been rewarded with a grant of title to 22,000 acres of land in southern Chile. Also in December, the Huiliche indigenous community of Mapu Lahual received a prestigious Seal Award from Chilean president Michelle Bachelet for the contribution of their local development and conservation project to one of the most isolated and poorest areas of coastal Chile. This project, “Strenghtening Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Huilliche Territoty of Mapu Lahual” is being carried out by WWF Chile and the Mapu Lahual indigenous Association.

SmartWay: It’ not just a clever name
January 29, 2008 11:36 AM - , Ship Green

Although shipping emissions are one of the largest contributors to total CO2 emissions in the U.S. and beyond, they have only been recently studied in depth. Part of the recent interest in shipping emissions and methods to mitigate them has been sparked by the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport program. Launched in 2004 after a year of study and dialogue with various research groups and consultants, the program engages trucking companies, retailers, rail companies, and individual truckers interested in reducing their emissions and helps them with everything from practical everyday fixes such as proper tire maintenance to financing for new equipment that greatly improves fuel efficiency. We spoke with Mitch Greenberg, Program Manager of the EPA’s SmartWay program to find out how it works, what companies and shippers can do to get involved with the program, and what it has planned for the year ahead.

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