China builds plant to turn coal into barrels of oil
June 4, 2008 09:36 AM - Reuters
ERDOS, China (Reuters) - With oil prices at historic highs, China is moving full steam ahead with a controversial process to turn its vast coal reserves into barrels of oil. Known as coal-to-liquid (CTL), the process is reviled by environmentalists who say it causes excessive greenhouse gases.
U.K. Committee Supports Personal Carbon Trading
June 4, 2008 09:24 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
A House of Commons committee suggested last week that the U.K. Parliament create a personal carbon-trading scheme for all citizens of the United Kingdom. It was the strongest statement yet by any government in favor of an individual cap-and-trade system for buying and selling greenhouse gas emissions. Personal carbon trading would provide a set "carbon emissions allowance" to each citizen and establish a national carbon budget.
Illegal European scrap dealers cause fierce competition
June 2, 2008 09:12 AM - Reuters
A growing number of illegal scrap yards in Europe endanger the environment and increase competition for valuable scrap metals, European industry sources said on Monday. Record metal prices, with copper hitting an all-time high of $8,880 per tonne earlier this year, have sparked a hunt for secondary raw materials.
OPINION: China’s Wind Power Development Exceeds Expectations
June 2, 2008 08:55 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
A recent boom in Chinese wind power development has surpassed the government's original target and forced policymakers to set a new goal that might still be too modest. In 2007, cumulative wind installations in China exceeded 5 gigawatts (GW), the goal originally set for 2010 by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planner. The Commission had set the target in its 2006 mid- and long-term development plan for renewable energy. The plan's target for 2020 was 30 GW, a level that is now projected to be reached by 2012, eight years ahead of schedule.
How To Convert Your Car To An Electric Vehicle
June 2, 2008 08:26 AM - , MetaEfficient
Gasoline-powered cars are perhaps the most inefficient devices that many of us use daily. The internal combustion engine is inefficient in term of pollution, gas costs and maintenance costs. Electric motors are comparatively simple devices that do not require much maintenance at all. But, as you may know, it’s difficult to obtain an commercial electric car today. One option is to buy a used vehicle that somebody else has converted to an electric vehicle.
Soaring living costs cloud U.N. climate talks
June 2, 2008 08:13 AM - Reuters
U.N.-led climate talks began in Germany on Monday on a global warming pact, facing a challenge from critics who say climate measures are partly to blame for high food and energy prices. The meeting is the second in a series of eight which aim to secure a global climate deal by the end of next year in Copenhagen, to come into force after the first round of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
Even low levels of air pollution may pose stroke risk
May 31, 2008 08:06 AM - University of Michigan
Short-term exposure to low levels of particulate air pollution may increase the risk of stroke or mini-stroke, according to findings that suggest current exposure standards could be insufficient to protect the public.
Harnessing Energy from the Oceans
May 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Forever moving - our restless oceans have enough energy to power the world. As long as the Earth turns and the moon keeps its appointed cycle, the oceans will absorb and dissipate vast amounts of kinetic energy - a renewable energy resource of enormous potential.
World's Largest Carbon Market Facilitates Pollution
May 29, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit
An article in the Guardian newspaper reveals that billions worth of 'clean' investment on the world's largest carbon offsets market ends up polluting the environment. The article cites researchers who've reviewed the participating companies in the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). They issued a report which seriously undermines the credibility of the CDM.
kitchen composter turns garbage into gold
May 29, 2008 09:15 AM - , The Alternative Consumer
Here’s a great way to reduce the amount of food scraps tossed in the trash, and start making some food for your home-grown herbs and veggies. Feed vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, meat, fish and dairy into the hopper and within 2 weeks you’ve got fresh fertilizer — check out the Pro Composter by NatureMill.