Pollution

China's cleaner power firms feel unfairly squeezed
January 28, 2008 04:58 AM - Reuters

Some of China's cleaner but small energy producers said on Monday Beijing does not recognize their efficiency, and with profits squeezed between rising coal costs and falling tariffs they had been forced to halt operations. Jiang Zhangshui, chairman of Zhejiang Tianma Heat and Power Co Ltd, said the on-grid tariff for their electricity was cut by some 10 percent since mid-December, as they are improperly classified as small coal-fired generators.

World's big polluters meet in Hawaii over climate
January 27, 2008 07:39 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's biggest greenhouse gas-polluting countries are sending delegates to Hawaii this week for a U.S.-hosted meeting aimed at curbing climate change without stalling economic growth. The two-day gathering, which starts on Wednesday in Honolulu, is meant to spur U.N. negotiations for an international climate agreement by 2009, so a pact will be ready when the current carbon-capping Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

Biofuel investments seen good bet with pricey oil
January 24, 2008 10:02 AM - Reuters

Biofuels made from plants and waste will prove an increasingly efficient and cheap substitute for oil in many areas over the coming five years, industry analysts said. As long as crude sells at prices towards $100 per barrel, there will be strong demand for cheaper biofuels and manufacturing technology will improve, Vinod Khosla, founder of venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, told Reuters.

U.S. Still choosing plastic despite environmental impact.
January 24, 2008 03:23 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australia and China are phasing them out, Germany and Ireland tax them, but in the United States, the plastic shopping bag is still king. Outside supermarkets across the country, Americans push shopping carts laden with a dozen or more plastic bags full of groceries to their cars. Even the smallest purchase, such as a magazine at a newsstand, seems to come in a plastic bag.

Californa's Warming Climate Caused by Humans

Recent research by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California, Merced and the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows that California temperatures have jumped statewide by more than 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit between 1915 and 2000. This warming is likely related to human activities. Using data from up to eight different observational records, the team found the warming has been fastest in late winter and early spring.

EU Commission details plan for 2020 emissions cuts
January 23, 2008 07:18 AM - Reuters

The European Union's executive arm unveiled on Wednesday details on how to slash greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth in 2020, including mandatory targets to produce renewable energy and curb industrial emissions. The European Commission said member states unable to meet mandatory renewables targets at home could pay other EU countries to install the likes of wind and solar power on their behalf.

Whole Foods to end use of plastic bags
January 22, 2008 09:26 AM - Reuters

Whole Foods Market Inc said on Tuesday that it will aim to end the use of disposable plastic grocery bags in all of its 270 U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom stores by April 22, Earth Day. The grocer, which features natural and organic foods, said it hoped shoppers would bring their own reusable bags, but it would offer 100 percent recycled paper grocery bags when needed.

China sets 2030 target to clean up lakes
January 22, 2008 09:17 AM - Reuters

Beijing has ordered officials to halt a trend of worsening contamination by the end of this decade, and ensure anyone pumping pollution into the lakes has a permit, the report said, citing orders from the country's State Council or cabinet.

Trash crisis piles pressure on Italy minister
January 21, 2008 12:06 PM - Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's environment minister faces a close vote on a motion blaming him for Naples' garbage crisis, with calls from members of the ruling centre-left coalition and the opposition for his resignation. The Senate, where Prime Minister Romano Prodi has only a two-seat majority, will vote on the motion on Wednesday after mountains of rubbish have piled up in the streets of Italy's third biggest city.

Finland tells Nord Stream to study alternative routes
January 21, 2008 10:42 AM - Reuters

Finland insists the Nord Stream consortium conduct a thorough environmental impact study of an alternative, southern route for its planned gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, the environment ministry said on Monday. Nord Stream, majority owned by Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom, plans to start building the 1,200 km (750 mile) long gas pipeline from Russia to Germany in mid-2009 and begin deliveries in early 2011.

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