Pollution

Copenhagen climate talks suspended in Africa-led protest, Then Resumed
December 14, 2009 10:03 AM - Times of India, and Reuters

The main sessions of UN climate talks in Copenhagen were suspended on Monday in a protest led by African nations and the developing countries accusing rich countries of trying to wreck the existing UN Kyoto Protocol. "This is a walk-out over process and form, not a walkout over substance, and that's regrettable," Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said of the action. African nations later said they would return to the talks on Monday, allowing the negotiations to resume, after winning assurances that the conference put more focus on extending the existing Kyoto Protocol. "We're going back," Pa Ousman Jarju from the delegation of Gambia, told Reuters. The protest held up the talks that had been due to start at 1030 GMT.

Forecast: Cilmate Deal Moving Foward in Copenhagen
December 12, 2009 10:53 AM - David Fogarty and Sunanda Creagh, Reuters

A draft climate pact unveiled on Friday revived hopes that U.N. talks might be able to pin down an international deal to fight global warming, but developing nations said they needed more cash from the rich. With less than a week until more than 110 world leaders descend on the talks, the proposal would at least halve global emissions by 2050 seeking to bridge some of the long-standing rifts between rich and poor nations.

ASARCO Settlement Provides Significant Clean Up Benefits
December 11, 2009 11:16 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Justice Department announced this week that $1.79 billion has been paid to fund environmental cleanup and restoration under a bankruptcy reorganization of American Smelting and Refining Company LLC (ASARCO), a leading producer of copper and one of the largest nonferrous metal producers in the United States. The money from environmental settlements in the bankruptcy will be used to pay for past and future costs incurred by federal and state agencies at more than 80 sites contaminated by ASARCO mining operations in 19 states.

Electric Cars Generate Sweet Tax Credits
December 11, 2009 10:33 AM - Walter Wang , Clean Techies

The movement towards zero emission electric cars is gaining a tremendous amount of momentum. As we move into 2010, practical electric vehicles for the vast majority of the public will be available late in the year with the release of the Nissan Leaf. If you plan to purchase an electric car in 2010, you can expect a healthy federal income tax credit to reward you.

Obama Calls for Climate Deal, U.S. Target Under Fire
December 11, 2009 10:18 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

President Barack Obama urged world leaders on Thursday to break the deadlock at climate change talks in Copenhagen, although many nations accused the United States of lacking ambition. In a move that could boost Obama's position when world leaders join the U.N. talks next week, three U.S. senators outlined a compromise climate bill on Thursday that aims to win the votes needed for passage next year.

Dairy Pollution Sparks 'Manure War' in New Mexico
December 10, 2009 09:51 AM - John Burnett, NPR

The New Mexico Environment Department reports that two-thirds of the state's 150 dairies are contaminating groundwater with excess nitrogen from cattle excrement. Either the waste lagoons are leaking, or manure is being applied too heavily on farmland.

Real Christmas Trees are 'Greener' than Fake
December 10, 2009 09:40 AM - Andrea Thompson, Senior Writer, LiveScience

It may not sound like "tree-hugging," but cutting down a real tree for Christmas is actually greener than going with the artificial kind.

U.S. Sees Robust Climate Talks, But Will Not Pay "Reparations"
December 9, 2009 01:03 PM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

President Barack Obama's top aides promised on Wednesday "robust" negotiations toward a global climate change deal this month, but firmly stated the United States does not owe the world "reparations" for centuries of carbon pollution.

What Copenhagen Climate Meeting Might Achieve
December 9, 2009 06:56 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

There are so many issues on the table at the Copenhagen U.N. climate conference that politicians from all the major players have already declared there is no hope of reaching a binding legal agreement. But progress is still possible. Participants speak of reaching a "political agreement." Exactly what that would be remains undefined, but it would represent some form of commitment to address global warming that goes beyond mere rhetoric — yet falls short of a legally binding treaty.

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