Pollution

Grow your own
June 24, 2008 10:03 AM - LexisNexus

Buried in the news a few weeks ago was an announcement by a small Californian firm called Amyris. It was, perhaps, a parable for the future of biotechnology. Amyris is famous in the world of tropical medicine for applying the latest biotechnological tools to the manufacture of artemisinin, an antimalarial drug that is normally extracted from a Chinese vine.

Technology and climate change

How much computing can mankind afford? That is a question the computer and telecoms industries hate to hear. They do not see themselves in the same dirty league as airlines or carmakers, sources of huge amounts of carbon dioxide, but instead as part of the solution. In a pre-emptive strike, a group of technology firms calling itself the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) has joined the Climate Group, a non-profit environmental club, to examine how information and communications technologies (ICT) affect climate change.

Nuclear Prospects Unclear
June 23, 2008 09:10 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Global nuclear power capacity grew by less than 2,000 megawatts in 2007, a figure equivalent to just one-tenth of the new wind power installed globally last year, according to the latest Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Global nuclear capacity stands at 372,000 megawatts, but ranks as the slowest growing energy source-just 0.5 percent in 2007, compared to wind at 27 percent.

No major deal in Seoul on G8 climate draft: sources
June 23, 2008 09:07 AM - Reuters

Leading economies reached a draft accord on greenhouse gas emissions that will be presented at the G8 summit next month, South Korea said on Monday, but sources at the talks said there were no breakthroughs in the pact. Members of the Group of Eight leading powers, eight other major countries and the European Union met in Seoul at the weekend seeking long-term pledges on cutting greenhouse gases.

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.

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