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Ocean Acidification And Its Impact On Ecosystems
May 27, 2008 07:29 AM - CNRS

Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) through human activities have a well known impact on the Earth's climate. What is not so well known is that the absorption of this CO2 by the oceans is causing inexorable acidification of sea water. But what impact is this phenomenon having on marine organisms and ecosystems? This is a question to which researchers have few answers as yet.

Hand Over Your Cooking Oils And Get A Reduced Busfare - Scottish Bus Network Goes Carbon Neutral
May 26, 2008 08:20 AM - , Triple Pundit

You can get a reduction on your busfare in Scotland if you hand over your cooking oil to a recycling plant making biofuels. Stagecoach, Scotland's largest transport company, booked so much success with this green scheme in the past six months, it's now embarking on a drive to become completely carbon neutral by the end of this year.

G8 environment ministers: halve emissions by 2050
May 26, 2008 02:45 AM - Reuters

Environment ministers from the G8 rich nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to forge a new treaty on global warming by the end of next year.

StatoilHydro says oil leaking at North Sea field
May 24, 2008 06:33 AM - Reuters

Norwegian energy group StatoilHydro reported a serious oil leak at its Statfjord oilfield in the North Sea on Saturday and said it evacuated all but emergency workers from platform A where oil is still leaking. "The situation is serious and confused," StatoilHydro said in a statement. No one is hurt or missing and clean-up crews have been mobilized to deal with the spill, the company said.

Why Recycling Is Worth It
May 23, 2008 08:43 AM - , Big Green Purse

Still wondering why you should bother recycling your aluminum cans? Just ask Greg Wittbecker. He's the director of Corporate Metal Recycling for Alcoa and a big proponent of boosting the paltry amount the U.S. recycles (52% of cans) to 75%.

HP goes green with recycled plastic printer
May 23, 2008 08:30 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Hewlett-Packard is launching its new line of greener products with the D2545 color inkjet printer. The Energy Star qualified printer is made of 83% recycled plastic and comes with a cartridge made of recycled plastic resins.

EU agrees to outlaw 'green' crimes

After eight years of negotiation, the European Parliament has reached an agreement with member states on legislation that will force national governments to apply criminal sanctions to those causing deliberate or negligent damage to the environment. The agreement will infuriate British Conservatives who have been fighting tooth and nail against what they called an "intrusion" into national criminal law.

Air quality agency approves first-in-the-nation fees for emissions.
May 22, 2008 08:45 AM - the San Francisco Chronicle

Jumping ahead of state and federal regulators, the Bay Area air quality district became the first in the nation on Wednesday to impose fees on businesses that pump some of the highest levels of carbon dioxide into the air each year.

Extended Producer Responsibility and the E-waste problem

The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread practice in North America.

Radical Solution to Climate Change: Global Dimming through Sulphur
May 22, 2008 08:26 AM - , Triple Pundit

Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and Australia’s best-known global warming expert, yesterday released a new climate forecast. Since his last major forecast in 2005, he has projected a direr outcome and in turn suggests consideration of radical solutions to the global warming phenomenon, including ”˜dimming’ through sulphur. Professor Flannery spoke at a business and sustainability conference at Parliament House in Australia on Monday.

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