Pollution

Cleaner China?
December 19, 2008 09:56 AM - Reuters

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's dramatic economic slowdown is paying an environmental dividend, slashing emissions levels from the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter as its highest-carbon industries begin to contract. The question Beijing will soon face is how it will manage to sustain those curbs once growth is restored. Some say it's moving in the right direction; others are far less certain, as the government, facing a threat to the economic miracle on which its credibility was built, rushes to pump growth up again.

Three Gorges Dam tested as water rises
December 19, 2008 09:52 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Rising water levels in China's giant Three Gorges Dam have triggered dozens of landslides in recent months, damaging houses, land and infrastructure worth millions of dollars, state media said on Thursday. In July, China finished evacuating residents from the last town to be submerged by the massive 660-km (400-mile) long reservoir on the Yangtze River, ending an exodus of some 1.4 million people that began four years ago.

Industry revolt on green plan as miners sacked
December 17, 2008 09:31 AM - http://www.theaustralian.news.com,au

HEAVY industry is demanding further concessions in the Rudd Government's modest emissions trading scheme, saying it will still cost jobs, stymie investment and exacerbate the effects of the economic downturn.

California adopts the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.
December 13, 2008 09:36 AM - LA Times

The state air board orders a 15% cut in emissions over the next 12 years, bringing them down to 1990 levels. Reporting from Sacramento -- California regulators adopted the nation's first comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gases Thursday and characterized it as a model for President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged an aggressive national and international effort to combat global warming.

California moves on global warming, warned on cost
December 12, 2008 09:20 AM - Reuters

California, the leading U.S. state on climate change, set detailed goals on Thursday to cut greenhouse gases and address global warming but faced criticism the plan's economic assumptions were hopelessly optimistic. Home to the world's eighth largest economy, California confirmed its U.S. environmental trendsetter status with an ambitious 2006 law that seeks to cut carbon emissions linked to global warming to 1990 levels by 2020.

World must avoid backsliding in climate fight: U.N.
December 11, 2008 08:38 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The world must avoid backsliding in the fight against global warming and work out a "Green New Deal" to fix twin climate and economic crises, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. "We must re-commit ourselves to the urgency of our cause," Ban told about 100 environment ministers at December 1-12 U.N. talks in Poland working on a new climate treaty but overshadowed by worries about recession.

South Korean oil spill captain jailed
December 10, 2008 10:25 AM - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Wednesday found the captain of a Hong Kong tanker criminally negligent in the country's worst oil spill, which caused at least $500 million in estimated damages and blackened a wide stretch of coastline. In December 2007, a crane mounted on a Samsung Heavy Industries barge pierced the hull of the Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit tanker while it was at anchor, leading to over 10,500 tons of crude oil being spilled into the Yellow Sea.

Ozone hole weakens oceanic carbon sink
December 10, 2008 09:58 AM - naturenews

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica may be impairing the Southern Ocean's ability to mop up carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere, according to work presented at a meeting in France today.

How a Local Firewood Cooperative Can Lower a Nation's Carbon Footprint
December 9, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

It’s one of the biggest issues currently being addressed in Poznan: How can we stop the burning of forests as poor people burn firewood to make a living? Wood is also increasingly popular as a biomass fuel. So what’s the deal? Can we burn wood and not impact the environment?

Scottish climate bill could set global example
December 9, 2008 08:58 AM - WWF

Edinburgh, Scotland: The newly published Scottish Climate Change Bill has the potential to become a world leading piece of legislation if it receives cross-party backing from Scottish MPs, according to WWF-Scotland. The targets in the bill include a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a cut of 80 per cent by 2050. It also sets out measures to tackle shipping and aviation emissions, as well as emissions from all six greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide.

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