Pollution

Australia activists to block world's top coal port
July 8, 2008 11:07 AM - Reuters

Environmentalists plan to block one of two rail lines into the world's biggest coal export port in Australia at the weekend, amid wrangling by rich nations over efforts to combat climate change, they said on Tuesday. Any disruption to coal shipments from the Newcastle port could give another boost to benchmark coal prices that are already near record highs at nearly $195 a tonne, having more than trebled in a year.

Global warming will push Russia to destruction
July 8, 2008 11:02 AM - Reuters

Global warming will sow destruction across Russia and ex-Soviet states, a report said on Tuesday after the world's richest countries issued targets on harmful emissions that environmentalists criticized as too soft. The 52-page report -- written by green group WWF and British charity Oxfam -- described a grim picture of social, ecological and economic collapse in the world's biggest country and its former empire unless the world took urgent action.

New bill passed cuts toxic ship pollution, praised by leading environmental group
July 8, 2008 10:19 AM - Environmental Defense Fund

Washington, D.C The U.S,. Senate passed (June 27,2008), by unanimous consent, legislation that will allow the U.S. to join an international treaty that could dramatically cut ocean ship pollution that causes tens of thousands of global deaths annually. “The Marine Pollution Prevention Act of 2008” (H.R. 802), was passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

A Stamp for Sustainable Lifestyles
July 8, 2008 10:03 AM - UNEP

The French postal service "La Poste" and UNEP have partnered to publish a booklet of letter stamps (Carnet de dix) inspired by the project UNEP/UNESCO youthXchange. This Carnet has the dimension and shape of a business card and contains 10 stamps, each of which carries a message related to sustainable consumption.

The Backroom Biofuel Processors Are Meeting Online On A Professional Exchange
July 4, 2008 10:05 AM - , Triple Pundit

Biodiesel processors are in strong demand now that the price of petrol is going through the roof. (Small) businesses are increasingly beginning to produce their own biofuels and in an effort to breath more life into the new market, the U.S. Biofuels Exchange Inc. (USBE) has launched a biofuels platform. The new platform matches biofuel producers of all sizes with buyers.

Tissue manufacturer buys wind power to counterbalance plants' CO2 emissions
July 4, 2008 09:51 AM - The Business Review

Cascades Tissue Group in Waterford has offset its carbon dioxide emissions by buying 11 million kilowatt hours of wind power. The commercial tissue manufacturer, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Cascades Inc., will use the credits to offset the emissions from its plants in Waterford and Mechanicville, which produce the North River line of paper products.

Tackling Qingdao's invading algae
July 3, 2008 09:48 AM - BBC News

Young recruits from the People's Liberation Army threw off their shoes and stood knee-deep in the thick green algae that has overwhelmed the Qingdao coastline. Locals say the algae has never been so thick here - agricultural and industrial pollution are thought to be responsible.

Judge: Reduce CO2 Or Don't Build Coal Plant
July 1, 2008 10:49 AM - TheDailyGreen

In a ruling believed to be unprecedented, a Georgia judge halted the construction of Dynegy's Longleaf coal-fired power plant because it had not made provisions for reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most widely implicated in man-made global warming. The judge ruled that the plant must limit its pollution, according to the Sierra Club, which has been waging a campaign against Dynegy, an energy company with plans to build more coal-fired power plants than any other.

Recycling CFLs is Finally Easy to Do!
June 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , Big Green Purse

If you like the idea of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs but worry about the mercury they contain, now you can worry a lot less. The Home Depot is selling bulbs that have cut the amount of mercury most bulbs contain in half. And when you’re finished with the bulbs, you can recycle them — along with any other CFLs you have — at any of the company’s 1,973 stores.

Coming Clean: Struggle over Label Fraud in Organic Body Care Products
June 30, 2008 08:14 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The I-Team investigates non-food organic products being sold in stores. Both "100% natural" and "Pure and Organic" sound great for the consumer and safe for the environment but exactly what kind of products have consumers been using?

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