Pollution

Little gain from oil sands carbon capture - report

Canada's government saw only limited opportunities to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands using carbon capture and storage technology, according to briefing notes obtained by a Canadian media. The notes, prepared by a carbon capture task force, were used by Canadian federal and provincial politicians and were obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, which said it requested them under freedom of information legislation.

Harvard urges rich nations to cut emissions first
November 24, 2008 09:53 AM - http://www.guardian.co.uk

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Rich nations should make the first cuts in greenhouse gases while developing countries carry on business-as-usual for the time being, according to a report published on Monday by Harvard University. This is among proposals by the American university's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs to negotiators who meet for U.N. climate talks next week in Poland. The current climate pact, the Kyoto Protocol, expires in 2012 and governments are scrambling to agree a new treaty by the end of next year.

Putting a green cap on garbage dumps
November 24, 2008 09:39 AM - Inderscience Publishers

Landfill sites produce the greenhouse gases, methane and carbon dioxide, as putrescible waste decays. Growing plants and trees on top of a landfill, a process known as 'Phytocapping', could reduce the production and release of these gases, according to Australian scientists writing in a forthcoming issue of International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.

Trees for kids: Indonesia's way of beating global warming
November 24, 2008 08:21 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian city battling the effects of deforestation has come up with a novel way of tackling the problem. Would-be families must plant a tree. "Everyone who wants to get married or apply for a birth certificate must plant a tree," Syahrum Syah Setia, the head of Balikpapan city's Environmental Impact Management Agency, said.

The silent emergency

Ajocular former paratrooper, Amadou Toumani Touré was once dubbed Mali's "soldier of democracy", the man who ousted a dictator in a 1991 coup before organising elections and handing power to a civilian administration the following year. He was elected president himself in 2002 and has since acquired a new title: he is, in the pantheon of world leaders, the biggest champion of clean water and functioning toilets. That is what development workers call him and he describes it as a compliment.

Ex-Soviet bloc leads rises in CO2 emissions: U.N.
November 17, 2008 07:56 AM - Reuters

Greenhouse gas emissions in many industrialised nations are still rising, especially in the former Soviet bloc, despite agreements to cut back, the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Monday. Emissions by 40 industrialized nations grew by 2.3 percent to the equivalent of 18.0 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2006 from 17.6 billion in 2000, it said. They dipped 0.1 percent in 2006 compared with 2005 but underlying trends were still up.

Giant Asian smog cloud masks warming impact: U.N.
November 13, 2008 08:52 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A three-kilometer thick cloud of brown soot and other pollutants hanging over Asia is darkening cities, killing thousands and damaging crops but may be holding off the worst effects of global warming, the U.N. said on Thursday.

A global race for the plug-in hybrid battery hits the back stretch

The ingredients for a multibillion-dollar global technology race sit on a table here in this Milwaukee suburb. They make the process seem pretty simple: Two strips of specially coated foil and a thin, plastic-like material called a separator are carefully wrapped together in a layered spiral that technicians here call the "jelly roll."

Japan CO2 hits record
November 12, 2008 08:31 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions rose to a record high in the year to March, putting the world's fifth-largest carbon dioxide producer at risk of an embarrassing failure to achieve its Kyoto target over the next four years.

In Mayor's Plan, the Plastic Bag Will Carry a Fee
November 10, 2008 08:48 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

In its struggle to make New York more green, the Bloomberg administration has tried discouraging people from using plastic bags. It has taken out ads beseeching residents to use cloth bags and set up recycling bins for plastic bags at supermarkets. But now the carrots have been put away, and the stick is out: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has called for charging shoppers 6 cents for every plastic bag needed at the register.

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