Pollution

Mayor wants to make city a bit more green
January 7, 2009 08:50 AM - ASH Institute

In her fourth stint as the leader of this East County city, Nancy Parent has several goals that she hopes to accomplish. Among those is encouraging a philosophy of green building on new projects in the city and looking at subtle green improvements when existing buildings are spruced up. "The whole going green is not a revolutionary concept. It just seems that now is a time we should be working on it," she said.

Carbon emissions are everyone's problem
January 6, 2009 08:28 AM - WBCSD

The Irish Times, January 5, 2009 Monday - CLIMATE CHANGE:A renewed commitment to lowering worldwide CO2 emissions means every individual and every country will need to review their responsibilities towards global warming, writes Frank McDonald THE COUNTDOWN to Copenhagen is under way - in just 11 months' time, more than 180 countries are expected to reach agreement on how to tackle global warming at the 15th UN Climate Change Conference.

How Green Is The White House?
January 5, 2009 08:58 AM - CNBC

The election of Barack Obama promises a new era of eco-awareness in the US, says Sarah Wachter These are heady times for environmentalists in America. The initial euphoria of Barack Obama’s White House win hasn’t worn off yet. They say he is the American president with the most clearly-enunciated environmental platform of any in recent memory. Even though the financial crisis has taken centre stage, environmentalists think that’s good news, too, since Obama is talking about creating millions of green jobs to kickstart the spluttering US economy.

Soot tops NASA's climate blacklist
January 5, 2009 08:40 AM - Canberra Times

Governments could slow global warming dramatically, and buy time to avert disastrous climate change, by slashing emissions of one of humanity's most familiar pollutants soot according to NASA scientists. A study by the space agency shows that cutting down on the pollutant can have an immediate cooling effect and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths from air pollution at the same time.

EU seals historic climate and energy package
January 3, 2009 08:02 AM - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

MEPs formally approved an unprecedented package of six new climate and energy laws in Strasbourg on Wednesday. A year of intense negotiations was wrapped up in a mere twenty minutes of voting. Over 550 MEPs backed the package, while fewer than 100 voted against. The package is designed to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by twenty per cent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, as pledged by European leaders at their spring summit in 2007. The EU will aim for a 30 per cent cut if other industrialised countries take on equivalent commitments in a new international climate treaty to be agreed at UN talks in Copenhagen next December.

Metal Levels Found High in Tributary After Spill
January 2, 2009 08:24 AM - New York Times

An environmental advocacy group’s tests of river water and ash near the site of a huge coal ash spill in East Tennessee showed levels of arsenic, lead, chromium and other metals at 2 to 300 times higher than drinking water standards, the group said Thursday.

Tenn. ash spill larger than thought
January 2, 2009 08:09 AM - Boston.com

A coal ash spill that blanketed residential neighborhoods and contaminated nearby rivers in Roane County, Tenn., earlier this week is more than three times larger than initially estimated, the Tennessee Valley Authoritysaid. Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, contains toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and selenium that can cause cancer and neurological problems.

Can aircraft trails affect climate?
January 1, 2009 09:48 AM - Nature News

Grounding planes after the 11 September attacks may not have caused unusual temperature effects. When all commercial air traffic in the United States was grounded after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, scientists got an unexpected opportunity to test ideas about the climate effects of the condensation trails left behind by jets.

Beijing's New Year resolution: scrap polluting cars
December 31, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing, beset by choking traffic and heavy air pollution, will take more than 350,000 high-polluting vehicles off inner city streets from Thursday, local media reported. China's capital has banned cars from the roads on one out of five weekdays based on the number of license plates as part of a six-month trial in the wake of broader restrictions during the Olympic Games in August that cleared skies and eased congestion.

Green Goal of 'Carbon Neutrality' Hits Limit
December 30, 2008 08:47 AM - The Wall Street Journal

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Computer giant Dell Inc. said this summer that it has become "carbon neutral," the latest step in its quest to be "the greenest technology company on the planet." What that means, and what it doesn't, may surprise Dell customers and other consumers who have been bombarded with bold environmental promises from major corporations.

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