Pollution

"Made in China" label battered by product scandals
December 8, 2008 10:09 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Milk, toothpaste, cough syrup, pet food, eels, blood thinner, car parts, pork, eggs, honey, chicken, dumplings, cooking oil and rice -- if you can fake it or taint it, you can almost guarantee it's happened in China. A string of product safety scandals, including contaminated infant formula that is believed to have killed six babies and sickened thousands of others, have rocked the faith of shoppers, making them wary of buying products made in China despite the often cheaper price tag.

Petition launched for suspended South African water expert
December 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , SciDevNet

Scientists and NGOs have launched a petition calling for the reinstatement of a respected South African water expert who has been suspended from his job at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Anthony Turton, a fellow of CSIR, was suspended after criticising both the council and the government for failing to address the impending water crisis in the country. The petitioners have called his suspension an "attempted silencing of the truth about South Africa's water crisis" and a "major attack on the constitutional right to freedom of expression".

U.S. polluters to pay record $11.8 billion in 2008: EPA
December 5, 2008 10:43 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions during the 2008 budget year resulted in a record $11.8 billion in pollution controls and projects to clean up the environment, the agency said on Thursday. "After these pollution control activities are completed, EPA estimates record pollution reductions of 3.9 billion pounds per year," said Granta Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Obama's Environmental Agenda: Will it Help or Hurt the Manufacturing Sector?
December 4, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit

Well I guess it was just a matter of time before the opposition to a new, potentially progressive environmental policy began to spread across the media like roach trails on a dirty counter top. It's no secret that President-elect Obama is likely to push for a massive increase in renewable energyinvestment, and a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Not surprisingly, the latter isn't sitting well with the folks that are responsible for a big chunk of those emissions.

Mexico aims to cut emissions, boost carbon trades
December 4, 2008 08:51 AM - Reuters

Mexico aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by around 15 percent and wants to increase carbon trading as part of a global push to combat climate change, the environment minister said on Wednesday. The country has a plan to cut the amount of carbon dioxide it releases into the atmosphere by between 75 million and 110 million tonnes a year, Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira told reporters.

HSBC to curb palm oil lending, review oil sands

Environmental concerns have caused HSBC to scale back lending to forestry schemes in Malaysia and Indonesia and review links with Canadian oil sands, the British company told Reuters. HSBC will cut ties with a third of forestry clients such as palm oil, soy and timber companies, operating in countries where illegal logging and social conflicts are a problem, including Malaysia and Indonesia, the bank said.

Soot darkens ice, stokes runaway Arctic melt: study
December 3, 2008 08:50 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Soot is darkening ice in the Arctic and speeding a melt that could make the ocean around the North Pole ice-free in summer well before 2050, experts said on Tuesday. The experts said the fight against warming in the Arctic should be re-directed to focus more on cutting the industrial pollution from soot, ozone and methane in Europe, North America and Russia to try to prevent the ice disappearing.

MIT: A quicker, easier way to make coal cleaner
December 2, 2008 09:32 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WASHINGTON, DC--Construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States is in danger of coming to a standstill, partly due to the high cost of the requirement — whether existing or anticipated — to capture all emissions of carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas. But an MIT analysis suggests an intermediate step that could get construction moving again, allowing the nation to fend off growing electricity shortages using our most-abundant, least-expensive fuel while also reducing emissions.

EU agrees to cut car emissions in climate fight
December 2, 2008 08:40 AM - Reuters

European carmakers must cut global-warming gases from new vehicles by 18 percent within the next six years, the EU agreed on Monday, after a long battle between environmentalists and an industry facing tough times. "This deal represents a balance between the needs of the environment and the car industry across Europe, which is suffering massively at the moment," British Conservative lawmaker Martin Callanan told Reuters late on Monday.

Green taxes need explaining or risk backlash: study
November 28, 2008 09:49 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments must do a better job of explaining environmental taxes such as charges on driving in cities or higher electricity bills or risk a public backlash, a study showed on Friday.

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