Pollution

Freezers produce 25% of supermarkets' carbon footprint
February 2, 2009 08:55 AM - The Herald

Supermarket fridges and freezers are environmentally unfriendly, spewing out bad gases that make up more than a quarter of the companies' total carbon footprint. The HFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) can have as much as 4000 times more impact on global warming than carbon dioxide, say green campaigners. None of the 10 high-street stores fared well in a survey that had Iceland scoring an alarming -1 out of a hundred, closely followed by rivals Lidl (0 points) and Aldi (+1).

Carmakers fear emission plan could ruin recovery
February 2, 2009 08:53 AM - signonsandiego.com

SACRAMENTO — When President Barack Obama moved to increase gas mileage and curb tailpipe emissions last week, the leaders of the battle against global warming rejoiced. But his directives could steer automakers and the buying public down a bumpy road.

Gore to Lobby Lawmakers on Climate Change
January 30, 2009 09:34 AM - Organic Consumers Association

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Suggesting the planet will soon reach an irreversible "tipping point" of damage to the climate, former Vice President Al Gore plans to tell members of Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. needs to join international talks on a treaty. "This treaty must be negotiated this year," he plans to say, according to a copy of remarks prepared for testimony.

Some Of Earth's Climate Troubles Should Face Burial At Sea, Scientists Say
January 29, 2009 11:10 AM - ScienceDaily

Making bales with 30 percent of global crop residues — the stalks and such left after harvesting — and then sinking the bales into the deep ocean could reduce the build up of global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by up to 15 percent a year, according to just published calculations.

Capturing Carbon Emissions in Cement?
January 28, 2009 09:40 AM - WorldWatch Institute

The versatile construction ingredient has been commonplace since the Roman Empire, but production has boomed in recent decades, rising nearly 400 percent since 1970. Global cement output may reach 5 billion metric tons by 2030, driven mainly by growth in the top two producing countries, China and India, according to a December WWF report. In much of the world, replacing traditional wooden or earthen structures with concrete - the hardened mix of the cement powder, aggregate, and water - is a sign of wealth and prosperity. But cement manufacture is among the most energy-consuming and polluting industrial processes.

Britain's big polluters accused of abusing EU's carbon trading scheme
January 28, 2009 09:38 AM - The Guardian

Britain's biggest polluting companies are abusing a European emissions trading scheme (ETS) designed to tackle global warming by cashing in their carbon credits in order to bolster ailing balance sheets. The sell-off has helped trigger a collapse in the price of carbon, making it cheaper to burn high-carbon fossil fuels and leading to a fall in the number of clean energy projects. The moves were seized on byenvironmentalists and other critics who have previously criticised theEuropean Union's ETS for delivering more windfall profits for business than climate change.

California scores vindication, environmental win
January 28, 2009 09:07 AM - AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California was handed a big environmental victory when President Barack Obama endorsed a key part of the state's greenhouse gas reduction plan. He also gave a public boost to the Golden State, offering a clear sign that liberal-leaning California can expect a friendly relationship with his administration after eight years of clashes with former President George W. Bush. "California has shown bold and bipartisan leadership through its effort to forge 21st century standards, and over a dozen states have followed its lead," Obama said Monday.

Emissions Cut Won’t Bring Quick Relief, Scientists Say
January 27, 2009 08:41 AM - NY Times

Many people who worry about global warming hope that once emissions of heat-trapping gases decline, the problems they cause will quickly begin to abate.

Kenya to change environment policy on carbon trading
January 26, 2009 12:03 PM - Reuters

NAIROBI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Kenya plans to review its environmental strategy to allow companies to trade carbon credits, its environment secretary said on Monday. Such schemes have been around for a number of years in other parts of the world, but the east African nation's current environmental strategy from 1999 does not take into account the challenges posed by climate change.

Biomass-burning 'behind Asian brown clouds'
January 26, 2009 11:06 AM - SciDev.Net

[NEW DELHI] Burning biomass is the main cause of the dense 'brown clouds' that plague South Asia each winter, and both biomass and fossil fuel burning should be targeted to combat climate change and improve air quality. These are the conclusions of a study published today (23 January) in Science. The study, conducted at two sites in South Asia, attempted to find the main source of the carbon soot particles that comprise much of the clouds.

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