Pollution

London hosts world's largest low emission zone
February 1, 2008 10:34 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's largest clean transport area comes into effect in London on Monday. The British capital's low emission zone will add to its reputation as a leader in sustainable transport policies, following its congestion pricing scheme.

Green Power, Energy & Corporate Transformation
February 1, 2008 09:26 AM - , Triple Pundit

Some already established companies are proving to be particularly adept change artists, capitalizing on the green and clean tech trends to craft and carry out corporate strategies that transform their organizations from the top-down and from the bottom-up. Many are found in Europe, where new EU laws and regulation are establishing new ground rules for the energy and power industries.

U.S.-Vietnam dioxin effort makes progress at airport
February 1, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese military technicians have capped an area of a former U.S. military airport with concrete to stop dioxin or "agent orange" contaminating a lake, part of a joint project to deal with a bitter war legacy. The measures taken in recent months at Danang in central Vietnam were temporary, but an important milestone, a group of prominent Vietnamese and Americans said on Friday.

Chinese Factory Turns Environmental Bane into Boon
February 1, 2008 08:27 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

China is beginning to take advantage of an unusual energy source: cow gas. Cows emit a significant amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, when they belch and flatulate. According to People’s Daily, the world’s largest cow-dung methane power plant started operation on January 21 in China’s Inner Mongolia region. With an investment of 45 million RMB (roughly $US5.7 million) from the country’s largest milk producer, Mengniu Dairy, the plant is able to supply 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to the national power grid.

Dutch gas guzzler tax hammers exclusive cars
February 1, 2008 07:24 AM - Reuters

Buying a Hummer just became 19,000 euros ($28,000) more expensive in the Netherlands. A new "guzzle tax" came into force on Friday, penalizing cars that exceed a limit on emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as the Netherlands seeks to reduce its contribution to global warming.

Airbus to fly an A380 on synthetic fuel
February 1, 2008 05:41 AM - Reuters

Airbus is planning to fly an A380, the world's largest airliner, on alternative fuel for the first time, the planemaker said on Friday. A double-decker aircraft loaded with special fuel derived from natural gas will take off from the Airbus plant at Filton near Bristol in western England at 1400 GMT (9 a.m. EST) and perform a three-hour test flight ending at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France, it said.

A garbage /septage cocktail for fuel.
January 31, 2008 10:38 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Here’s a frothy brew you wouldn’t want to put a straw into: a not-so-tasty blend of sewage and garbage. As unappealing as it may seem together the two can cut greenhouse gases, help cleanup water supplies and add a new source of green and endlessly renewable fuel, all with the help of a new patented invention by Viridis Waste Control: Septage Bioreactor Landfill (TM) technology.

Globalization Poison
January 31, 2008 09:36 AM - Nin-Hai Tseng, Global Policy Innovations Program

If we're to do business, keep the poison away. Such is the message reverberating lately in the global marketplace. Mercury tests of tuna sushi bought in October by the New York Times from Manhattan restaurants and stores revealed toxic levels high enough to warrant precaution for children and pregnant women. Some suppliers have argued that because mercury enters the oceans as an industrial pollutant, its presence in fish is out of their control and must instead be dealt with on a global level.

Free Reusable Bags at Whole Foods
January 31, 2008 09:08 AM - , Big Green Purse

Whole Foods Markets from New Jersey to Virginia began giving away one free reusable bag per customer yesterday to encourage shoppers to “BYOB” — Bring Your Own Bag. The bag had already caught my eye, not only because it’s so cheerful and colorful, but also because it’s made from 80% post-consumer waste. Plus, it’s got a washable surface and actually seems more ample inside than the standard paper grocery bag.

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2006
January 31, 2008 08:08 AM - Reuters

Britain reversed previous estimates to say its emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases fell in 2006, showing on Thursday that it was already nearing a self-imposed goal for 2025. Britain says it is a world leader in the fight against global warming and is introducing legally binding targets to cut carbon emissions by 26-32 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 below 1990 levels.

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