Pollution

Bottled Water Demand May Be Declining
September 8, 2008 09:04 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The U.S. bottled water market is slowing down after years of steady growth, suggesting that international awareness campaigns may be curbing consumer demand. While bottled water continues to expand in global popularity, the U.S. market is expected to grow 6.7 percent this year, the smallest increase this decade, according to data collected by the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

L.A. residents ferret out toxic sites for researchers
September 7, 2008 08:55 AM - LA Times

Marcela Herrera wiped sweat from her nose as the screeching sound of a saw cutting lumber mixed with mariachi music blaring from a house across the street. Clipboard in hand, Herrera jotted down addresses in this Pacoima neighborhood where lumber, steel, ironworks and heavy equipment rental shops operate near homes.

Solar Powered System Helps Reduce Ship's Emissions - Innovation on the High Seas
September 6, 2008 10:33 AM - , Triple Pundit

Japan’s largest shipping line, Nippon Yusen KK, has teamed with Nippon Oil Corporation in developing a system of solar panels capable of generating 40 kilowatts of electricity for use on a 60,000 ton cargo ship for Toyota Motor Corporation. Unlike the solar panels soon to be offered on the tops of the Toyota Priusthat I wrote about last week, these panels are designed to assist with the ship’s motive power.

Failing grades for carbon emitters down under
September 6, 2008 10:27 AM - WWF

Some major Australian power generators are doing next to nothing to prepare for a low-carbon future, according to a new report from WWF-Australia. The 2008 WWF-Australia Power Generators Carbon Future Score Card assessed 19 of Australia’s power firms on the work they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions and around half were awarded two stars or less out of a possible five.

Trucking firms line up for ports' clean-air programs
September 6, 2008 10:25 AM - LA Times

Following weeks of worry about whether they could meet their own deadlines, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials said Friday that they were closing in on having enough trucking companies lined up to get their clean-air programs off the ground in October.

E.P.A. Issues New Engine Rules
September 5, 2008 09:03 AM - NY Times

Announcing what it called new “surf and turf” standards, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday set stricter antipollution rules for engines that run pleasure boats, lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

Asian pollution could spur U.S., European warming

Asian pollution from Asian power plants, cooking and heating could create summer hot spots in the central United States and southern Europe by mid-century, U.S. climate scientists reported on Thursday.

Beijing apologizes for stinking garbage plant
September 5, 2008 08:43 AM - Reuters

Beijing has made a rare public apology for a stinking garbage processing plant that prompted scores of angry residents to stage a street protest, local media reported on Friday.

How "Green" is Sarah Palin? Not very (unless you count her experience).
September 4, 2008 11:05 AM - , Big Green Purse

Before women get too excited about the nomination of Sarah Palin to the GOP Presidential ticket, they should pause long enough to take a look at her record. Political pundits have focused on her cred as a social conservative.

Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Says UN Environment Report
August 29, 2008 11:25 AM - UNEP

Scrapping fossil fuel subsidies could play an important role in cutting greenhouse gases while giving a small but not insignificant boost to the global economy a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says. The report challenges the widely held view that such subsidies assist the poor arguing that many of these price support systems benefit the wealthier sections of society rather than those on low incomes.

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