Pollution

Study questions method of listing fuel efficiency

Listing vehicle fuel efficiency in "gallons per mile" instead "miles per gallon" would allow consumers to better understand potential fuel savings when they shop for a new car, according to a study released today. The Duke University study, published in Science magazine, says listing fuel efficiency in its current form leads consumers to assume fuel consumption drops at an even rate as efficiency improves. It doesn't.

U.S. Government Issues Shark Finning Ban in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Waters
June 23, 2008 08:43 AM - , Oceana

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today filed new rules that will require federal shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to land sharks with their fins still naturally attached. Previous federal regulations required only that fins and carcasses be brought to dock in a specific ratio, allowing shark fins to be cut off at sea.

California to unveil ambitious plan to battle global warming
June 23, 2008 08:39 AM - news.cn

California's air board, for years an obscure state agency, will take center stage this week when it unveils a blueprint for the nation's most aggressive fight against global warming, a newspaper report said on Sunday. The plan is expected to affect every resident, industry and government agency in the state in the coming decade, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Adverts urge world to axe CO2 to 1980s levels
June 23, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters

The world should cut the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below that of 20 years ago, more deeply than most government plans, to avoid the worst of climate change, a group of 150 advocates said on Monday. "We've gone too far -- in a dangerous direction," scientists, politicians, business leaders and others said in full-page advertisements in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and two Swedish dailies.

Credibility Gap: Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging and DuPont's Greenwashing
June 20, 2008 11:58 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

In 2006, under pressure from the U.S. EPA, DuPont and 7 other companies promised to phase out by 2015 a cancer-causing chemical called PFOA, used to make Teflon and also found in grease-resistant coatings for food packaging. In its place, the chemical industry is pushing new, supposedly “green” food package coatings.

Global business leaders urge huge cuts in emissions
June 20, 2008 11:11 AM - World Economic Forum

Detailed climate change recommendations to the Group of Eight leaders, backed by an influential group of CEOs from many of the world’s largest companies, were delivered today to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan, who will host the G8’s annual summit next month in Hokkaido, Japan. The document outlines a new, more “environmentally effective and economically efficient” long-term policy framework to succeed the Kyoto Accord.

Tourism boom threatens Costa Rica eco-paradise
June 20, 2008 10:35 AM - Reuters

Pungent brown sewage spews into the Pacific ocean. In the background, cranes put up hotels and beachfront apartments. Once home to monkeys, turtles and other rare wildlife, this stretch of coast in northwest Costa Rica is developing so fast that it is tarnishing the country's reputation as a destination for eco-tourists.

Why is US Senate delaying on ship pollution legislation?
June 20, 2008 10:30 AM - , Clean Air Watch

It’s understandable that there would be an aggressive Democratic response to the calls by President Bush and John McCain to drill off the coasts.

NZ engineers convicted for depleting ozone layer
June 19, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

Two refrigeration engineers have been convicted by a New Zealand court for depleting the ozone layer. The country's Ministry for Economic Development prosecuted the two men in the first ever case taken under a 1996 law protecting the ozone layer.

Japan 24-hour shops hit by emission limits
June 18, 2008 10:47 AM - Reuters

Japan's 24-hour convenience stores, already struggling with lagging sales and growth, may soon face yet another threat -- moves to limit business hours and close the stores late at night. The prefecture of Saitama, which borders Tokyo, may follow in the footsteps of the western city of Kyoto and urge convenience stores to close during late night hours in an effort to limit carbon dioxide emissions, Japanese media reported.

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