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China leaps ahead of U.S. in gas emissions

China has now clearly overtaken the United States as the world's leading emitter of climate-warming gases, a new study has found. The increasing emissions from China - up 8 percent in the past year - accounted for two-thirds of the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, the study found. The report, released Friday by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, is an annual study. Last year, for the first time, the researchers found that China had edged ahead of the United States as the world's leading emitter.

Future belongs to electric cars: VW chairman Winterkorn in report

The future belongs to electric cars because of high fuel prices and environmental considerations, the head of the biggest European car maker, VW, said on Monday. "In the next few years, we are not going to do without petrol and diesel motors, but the future belongs to the electric car," VW chairman Martin Winterkorn told the mass-circulation German newspaper Bild-Zeitung.

Road pollution blamed for higher allergy risk in kids
June 13, 2008 10:29 AM - American Thoracic Society

New evidence blames traffic-related pollution for increasing the risk of allergy and atopic diseases among children by more than fifty percent. What's more, the closer children live to roads, the higher their risk.

WWF Statement on Senate Climate Bill
June 13, 2008 10:20 AM - WWF

The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 3036) today failed to garner a 60 vote supermajority necessary to advance the legislation in the U.S. Senate. However, the 48-36 vote in favor of proceeding marked a significant shift in political support for addressing climate change, said Dr. Richard Moss, vice president of climate change at World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Vinyl Shower Curtains Release 100 Toxic Chemicals
June 13, 2008 10:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

As many as 100 toxic chemicals associated with adverse health effects are released into the air from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shower curtains. These chemicals make up that "new shower curtain smell" unique to PVC vinyl shower curtains and shower curtain liners, according to "Volatile Vinyl: The New Shower Curtain's Chemical Smell."

Toward A Greener Blacktop
June 13, 2008 10:04 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

When it comes to greening America's transportation system, most people focus on cars - producing their fuel differently, using different forms of energy, or shifting commutes away from them entirely. But what of the roads we drive on? Asphalt, which is used to pave over 90 percent of American roads, is processed in Western countries through a process requiring the tar-like substance to be heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, an energy-intensive procedure that also produces carbon emissions.

Rich nations fail to take lead at climate talk: U.N.
June 12, 2008 08:24 AM - Reuters

Industrialized nations are failing to lead enough at U.N. climate talks in Bonn even as developing states are showing interest in a new global warming treaty, the U.N.'s top climate official said on Wednesday. Yvo de Boer also predicted that U.S. climate policy would be more ambitious under either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, the two main candidates to succeed President George W. Bush from January 2009.

MIT: European system for cutting CO2 emissions is working well
June 11, 2008 09:34 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In a bid to control greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, the European Union has been operating the world's first system to limit and to trade carbon dioxide. Despite its hasty adoption and somewhat rocky beginning three years ago, the EU "cap-and-trade" system has operated well and has had little or no negative impact on the overall EU economy, according to an MIT analysis.

As oil rises, Americans rediscover the railroad
June 11, 2008 09:17 AM - Reuters

Amtrak, America's struggling passenger railroad, saw record numbers in May when ridership rose 12.3 percent from a year earlier, and ticket sales climbed 15.6 percent, according to company data.Amtrak President Alex Kummant said the numbers point to a sixth straight year of record passengers.

Science academies urge 50 pct CO2 cuts by 2050
June 10, 2008 09:04 AM - Reuters

Major economies should aim to halve world emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 and work out ways to bury gases in a wider assault on climate change, the science academies of 13 nations said on Tuesday. "Progress in reducing global greenhouse gas emission has been slow," the academies of the Group of Eight (G8) nations and China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa said in a statement targeting leaders at July 7-9 summits in Japan.

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