Pollution

Chile innovation investment 'may hit US$200 million'
February 6, 2008 09:30 AM - , SciDevNet

The Chilean government is investing a record US$100 million in innovative projects this year. The figure is up from the US$73 million invested in 2007 thanks to an increase in a mining tax, which is expected to yield US$150 million in 2008. All tax proceeds will go into the two-year-old Fund for Innovation for Competitiveness, run by InnovaChile, the innovation department of the Ministry of the Economy.

Analysis: Stronger Regulation Needed to Improve Corporate Pollution Record in China
February 6, 2008 09:12 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The recent criticism of several foreign-owned companies by China’s top environmental authority has turned up the heat on multinational corporations (MNC) operating in the country. Earlier this month, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) followed up with 130 MNCs caught polluting since 2004 and exposed three persistent polluters, according to China Business News.

U.N. urges India to look at clean development scope
February 6, 2008 07:22 AM - Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, one of the world's worst polluters that faces catastrophic impacts from climate change, must identify areas in its booming economy where clean technology could be used, a top U.N. climate official said on Wednesday. Yvo de Boer, U.N. executive secretary on climate change, said India will have to reinvent growth without polluting heavily and for that it must immediately make more efficient use of energy.

Obesity Becoming World Crisis
February 5, 2008 10:05 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

It's already being called the next deadly global pandemic. Projected to be a bigger threat to life than AIDS and malaria combined, obesity is quickly becoming the world's most severe health-care crisis. As waistlines grow alarmingly, so do concerns over the impact an unhealthy population could have on everything from medicine to the economy.

How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?
February 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Raya Widenoja, Worldwatch Institute

The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.

Bush budget calls for Arctic oil drilling in 2010
February 5, 2008 05:56 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Monday again asked Congress to allow oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying $7 billion could be raised in leasing fees from energy companies. In its proposed budget for the 2009 spending year, which begins on October 1, the White House said it assumed the initial tracts in the refuge could be leased during 2010.

UK lawmakers push for raise in carbon taxes
February 5, 2008 05:47 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should raise environmental taxes after failing to meet a pledge, made by the ruling Labor Party when it was elected in 1997, to tax pollution more, a committee of lawmakers said on Tuesday. Since 1997 environmental taxes had fallen as a proportion of all taxes, the committee of parliamentarians from all major political parties said in a report entitled "Climate change and the Stern Review: the implications for Treasury policy."

China asks for more leeway on greenhouse gas
February 4, 2008 11:29 PM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it should be given more leeway over its rising greenhouse gas emissions as it was a world manufacturer and exporter, benefiting people at home and internationally. "China is a manufacturing country. China produces lots of goods which are not only used in China, but all over the world," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Australia.

Banks set emissions standard for U.S. power sector
February 4, 2008 09:39 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three Wall Street banks said on Monday they will set environmental standards that factor in risks posed by carbon-emissions when lending to power companies that seek to build coal-fired power plants. Citigroup Inc, JP Morgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley will form "The Carbon Principles," climate change guidelines for advisors and lenders to power companies in the United States.

Is Climate Change Making Us Sick?
February 3, 2008 09:33 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Ask the people of Yorkshire. As a result of global warming, many homeowners this week are up to their waists in muddy water. And flooding could be just the beginning of our worries. This week a paper in the British Medical Journal gave warning that climate change could be particularly damaging to the health of people in the developing world, but research also suggests that it could be bad news for Britain. Delegates at a conference in London on Tuesday will be told that global warming will drive up rates of cardio-respiratory disease, diarrhoea and insect-borne diseases such as malaria in the UK.

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