Chicago outlines plan to slash greenhouse gases
September 19, 2008 09:39 AM - Associated Press
CHICAGO - Mayor Richard M. Daley has announced a plan to dramatically slash emissions of heat-trapping gases, part of an effort to fight global warming and become one of the greenest cities in the nation.
Report Reveals Flawed U.S. E-Waste Policies
September 18, 2008 10:22 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute
In a harsh review of U.S. hazardous waste laws, independent government investigators highlighted the need for improved regulation of electronic waste in a new report.
September 17, 2008 09:28 AM - WWF
A milestone in the protection of the oceans was reached today as a global ban on tributyltin (TBT) - one of the most toxic chemicals deliberately released into the sea - entered into force.
Tar sands - the new toxic investment
September 17, 2008 08:41 AM - Terry Macalister
Shell and BP have been warned by investors that their involvement in unconventional energy production such as Canada's oil sands could turn out to be the industry's equivalent of the sub-prime lending that poisoned the banking sector and triggered the current financial crisis.
States Aim to Cut Gases by Making Polluters Pay
September 16, 2008 09:03 AM - The New York Times
Ten states from Maryland to Maine are about to undertake the nation’s most serious effort yet to tackle climate change, putting limits on carbon dioxide emissions from utilities and making them pay for each ton of pollutants.
Oil palm plantations are no substitute for tropical rainforests, a new study shows
September 15, 2008 10:34 AM - Queen Mary, University of London
The continued expansion of oil palm plantations will worsen the dual environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, unless rainforests are better protected, warn scientists in the most comprehensive review of the subject to date.
Japan's carbon trade targets to be voluntary: report
September 15, 2008 10:11 AM - Reuters
Japanese companies taking part in a trial carbon trading system to be launched next month will work to voluntary reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, rather than mandatory ones, a newspaper reported on Monday.
China mulls green tax to curb pollution: report
September 15, 2008 09:20 AM - Reuters
China is studying whether to impose an environmental tax on polluters to cut their emissions, the official China Daily reported on Saturday.
Federal inquiry could delay clean-trucks program at ports of L.A. and Long Beach
September 13, 2008 09:16 AM - LA Times
The Federal Maritime Commission on Friday raised several questions about the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex's landmark clean-trucks program that appear likely to delay the plan's Oct. 1 start. The two ports, which make up the nation's busiest container cargo operation, received a voluminous set of questions about their plans to ban pre-1989 trucks in favor of newer, cleaner models. The agency could go to federal court to block implementation if it doesn't like the answers.
Buyers of low-fuel cars get a sales tax exemption
September 12, 2008 02:36 PM - Seattle PI
A new sales tax exemption that encourages Washington car shoppers to choose hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles will save them an estimated $18.6 million over the next two years.