Pollution

China report warns of greenhouse gas leap
October 22, 2008 10:21 AM - Reuters

China's greenhouse gas pollution could double or more in two decades says a new Chinese state think-tank study that casts stark light on the industrial giant's role in stoking global warming. Beijing has not released recent official data on greenhouse gas from the nation's fast-growing use of coal, oil and gas. Researchers abroad estimate that China's carbon dioxide emissions now easily outstrip that of the United States, long the biggest emitter.

Pollution Credits Let Dumps Double Dip
October 20, 2008 10:26 AM - Wall Street Journal

CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. -- America's garbage dumps are reaping a windfall from the fight against global warming. But their payday might not be doing much to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. For more than a decade, the landfill here has made extra profit simply by collecting methane given off by rotting trash, and selling it as fuel. Last year, the landfill learned that doing this also qualified it to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars via a new program that pays companies to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions.

EU 'resolute' on climate targets
October 16, 2008 09:56 AM - http://news.cincinnati.com

EU leaders will maintain their targets and timetable for tackling climate change, despite objections from some nations, the French president has said. At a summit in Brussels, Nicolas Sarkozy said "solutions" would be found for those that had expressed concerns.

Environment officials meet in Warsaw to address climate change
October 15, 2008 09:30 AM - news.xinhuanet.com

Environment ministers and officials from more than 30 countries held an informal meeting in the Polish capital this week to prepare for a major UN climate conference.

Oil puts Brazil on collision course with future
October 15, 2008 09:01 AM - japantimes.co.jp

Brazil is poised to take its place among the world's petro-powers. Estimates of its newfound oil reserves place it in eighth place among oil-producing nations, ahead of Nigeria as well as Brazil's rival for influence in Latin America, Venezuela. Such newfound wealth is normally a source of celebration.

China province looks abroad to clean up arsenic
October 14, 2008 08:55 AM - Reuters

A Chinese province is searching at home and abroad for experts to clean a lake once famous for its hot springs but now contaminated by arsenic, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

EU car loan call puts spotlight on CO2 costs
October 13, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

Reuters, 10 October 2008 - European car makers are probably using their call for 40 billion euros ($55 billion) of loans from the European Union to develop green vehicles as a lever to enter talks with the regulator regarding CO2 legislation, analysts say.

Japan sees big firms trading CO2 next year

Japan is looking to over 1,000 companies, including big firms, to join in a local over-the-counter market for carbon offsets that is being launched to spur voluntary efforts to cut emissions, a government official said. "We're expecting major companies which currently take part in the voluntary action plan to join in," Yasuo Takahashi, director at Ministry of the Environment's office of market mechanisms, said in an interview for Reuters' global environment summit.

Water seen as the new oil for U.S. Army
October 8, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

Soldiers, weapons, food and fuel are important but the U.S. Army absolutely cannot operate for long without water, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday. This simple fact is just as true for domestic bases as it is in "austere" forward installations in Iraq, said Tad Davis, the Army's deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health.

Starbucks Wastes Millions of Litres of Water a Day
October 7, 2008 09:26 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Environmental campaigners have attacked Starbucks after the discovery that millions of litres of water are wasted in its coffee shops every day, contradicting its much-boasted green credentials. An investigation by the Sun revealed that over 23.4m litres of water are poured down the drains of 10,000 outlets worldwide due to a policy of keeping a tap running non-stop.

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