Pollution

A Stamp for Sustainable Lifestyles
July 8, 2008 10:03 AM - UNEP

The French postal service "La Poste" and UNEP have partnered to publish a booklet of letter stamps (Carnet de dix) inspired by the project UNEP/UNESCO youthXchange. This Carnet has the dimension and shape of a business card and contains 10 stamps, each of which carries a message related to sustainable consumption.

The Backroom Biofuel Processors Are Meeting Online On A Professional Exchange
July 4, 2008 10:05 AM - , Triple Pundit

Biodiesel processors are in strong demand now that the price of petrol is going through the roof. (Small) businesses are increasingly beginning to produce their own biofuels and in an effort to breath more life into the new market, the U.S. Biofuels Exchange Inc. (USBE) has launched a biofuels platform. The new platform matches biofuel producers of all sizes with buyers.

Tissue manufacturer buys wind power to counterbalance plants' CO2 emissions
July 4, 2008 09:51 AM - The Business Review

Cascades Tissue Group in Waterford has offset its carbon dioxide emissions by buying 11 million kilowatt hours of wind power. The commercial tissue manufacturer, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Cascades Inc., will use the credits to offset the emissions from its plants in Waterford and Mechanicville, which produce the North River line of paper products.

Tackling Qingdao's invading algae
July 3, 2008 09:48 AM - BBC News

Young recruits from the People's Liberation Army threw off their shoes and stood knee-deep in the thick green algae that has overwhelmed the Qingdao coastline. Locals say the algae has never been so thick here - agricultural and industrial pollution are thought to be responsible.

Judge: Reduce CO2 Or Don't Build Coal Plant
July 1, 2008 10:49 AM - TheDailyGreen

In a ruling believed to be unprecedented, a Georgia judge halted the construction of Dynegy's Longleaf coal-fired power plant because it had not made provisions for reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most widely implicated in man-made global warming. The judge ruled that the plant must limit its pollution, according to the Sierra Club, which has been waging a campaign against Dynegy, an energy company with plans to build more coal-fired power plants than any other.

Recycling CFLs is Finally Easy to Do!
June 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , Big Green Purse

If you like the idea of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs but worry about the mercury they contain, now you can worry a lot less. The Home Depot is selling bulbs that have cut the amount of mercury most bulbs contain in half. And when you’re finished with the bulbs, you can recycle them — along with any other CFLs you have — at any of the company’s 1,973 stores.

Coming Clean: Struggle over Label Fraud in Organic Body Care Products
June 30, 2008 08:14 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The I-Team investigates non-food organic products being sold in stores. Both "100% natural" and "Pure and Organic" sound great for the consumer and safe for the environment but exactly what kind of products have consumers been using?

Solar Water Heaters Now Mandatory In Hawaii
June 30, 2008 08:11 AM - , MetaEfficient

Hawaii has become the first state to require solar water heaters in new homes. The bill was signed into law by Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican. It requires the energy-saving systems in homes starting in 2010. It prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters.

G8 may invest billions to cut CO2
June 30, 2008 07:56 AM - Reuters

The Group of Eight wealthy nations are looking at investing more than $10 billion a year to support new technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, including carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), a Japanese daily reported on Sunday. A draft statement on economic issue is being considered for release at the July 7-9 summit of G8 leaders in Hokkaido, northern Japan, the business daily Nikkei said.

China Watch: Plastic Bag Ban Trumps Market and Consumer Efforts
June 30, 2008 07:48 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

China's recent plastic bag ban has been immediately accepted by consumers. In a country where billions of plastic bags are used each day, the government's top-down policy move will likely benefit the country's environment and energy security well before market forces or consumer-led efforts are able to achieve similar impact.

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