Northeast Puts on the Carbon Cap
September 30, 2008 09:37 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

For the first time, a carbon market is opening for business in the United States. The long awaited Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), takes effect on January 1, 2009. Utilities in ten states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—will be required to purchase carbon emission rights or find themselves unable to operate.

No More Plastic Bags
September 30, 2008 09:14 AM - NY Times

Westport, Conn., this month became the latest of a handful of communities to ban some plastic bags. The bags, which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are running out of places to put their trash.

An Exhausting War on Emissions
September 30, 2008 09:11 AM - The Wall Street Journal

In 1991, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to impose a stiff tax on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the country's emissions should have dropped. Instead, they have risen by 15%. Although the tax forced Norway's oil and gas sector to become among the greenest in the world, soaring energy prices led to a boom in offshore production, which in turn boosted overall emissions. So did drivers. Norwegians, who already pay nearly $10 a gallon, took the tax in stride, buying more cars and driving them more. And numerous industries won exemptions from the tax, carrying on unchanged.

Trader faces damages case for I. Coast toxic waste
September 30, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Up to 30,000 people from Ivory Coast will seek tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Dutch-based oil trader Trafigura for illness they suffered after toxic waste was dumped in 2006, their lawyer said on Monday. The class action suit will be heard in a London court in October 2009, lawyer Martyn Day of British law firm Leigh Day & Co told Reuters.

Car free day tries to drive home lessons of “Green Olympics”
September 29, 2008 10:28 AM - WWF

Beijing, China: After clamping down on cars and the pollution that comes with them for the Olympics, China last week tried to keep the spirit alive with its second national Car Free Day. As part of International Car Free Day, cities across the country restricted private vehicles in designated areas from 07:00 to 19:00 on Monday 22 September, and all drivers were encouraged to leave their cars at home.

Clogged Beijing unveils new traffic controls
September 28, 2008 10:23 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Flushed with the success of Olympic traffic controls and struck by the painful return to congested normality, Beijing on Saturday unveiled plans for smaller-scale but permanent controls on its drivers.

Kicking oil habit harder than they say
September 26, 2008 10:09 AM - Chicago Tribune

Barack Obama and John McCain are promising voters a Tomorrowland of electric cars and high-speed trains and solar panels, a vision of American life without a drop of imported oil.

Boeing, Virgin join group committed to biofuel for commercial jets
September 26, 2008 10:00 AM - www.wbcsd.org

Boeing joined Virgin Atlantic Airways and eight other airlines this morning to pledge to speed up the development of sustainable, second-generation biofuels for use in the commercial aviation industry.

Don't blame cities for climate change, see them as solutions
September 26, 2008 09:27 AM - SAGE Publications UK

Cities are being unfairly blamed for most of humanity's greenhouse gas emissions and this threatens efforts to tackle climate change, warns a study in the October 2008 issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization.

Life in suburbs drives emissions higher
September 19, 2008 12:32 PM - Matthew Warren, The Australian

WORKING families living on the edges of Australia's urban sprawl are generating up to 10 times more greenhouse emissions in their cars than those from the inner city, according to new research.

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