Pollution

California ports clean up polluting trucks
October 2, 2008 12:50 PM - Reuters

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest U.S. cargo complex, launched a landmark clean-air program on Wednesday banning some 2,000 older trucks blamed for half the pollution spewed by the ports' diesel haulers.

Small island states must lead by example
October 1, 2008 09:24 AM - , SciDevNet

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute less than 0.02 per cent to the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions but they are among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. Many SIDS cannot cope with the consequences of rising sea levels and damage from more frequent storms, floods and stronger cyclones caused by global warming.

Small sacrifice can save the planet
October 1, 2008 09:07 AM - http://www.smh.com.au

AUSTRALIANS will be driving clean electric cars, giving up their lamb roast and rump steaks for chicken and pork, living in higher-density cities and swapping cheap air flights for interstate trains. In the outback, millions of beef cattle and sheep will disappear from the marginal rangelands, farmers will grow grasses and eucalypts for carbon trading and kangaroos will dominate the bush, potentially becoming one of the nation's biggest export meats.

Cali. Governor signs laws on sprawl and water supplies but vetoes smog-fighting port cargo fee
October 1, 2008 08:59 AM - LA Times

SACRAMENTO - California embarked Tuesday on a sweeping effort to curb suburban sprawl by rewarding communities that build homes and workplaces closer together to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming. However, a multibillion-dollar proposal to curb air pollution near the state's ports was rejected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who concluded that the related cargo fees would harm an already suffering economy.

Interested in reusable containers? Not sure if it makes sense economically?
October 1, 2008 08:50 AM - , Triple Pundit

Try the Reusables Cost Comparison Tool designed by the Reusable Packaging Association. The tool was demonstrated this past week at the 2008 "Choose Reusables!" Education Forum sponsored by Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) and StopWaste.org.

Northeast Puts on the Carbon Cap
September 30, 2008 09:37 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

For the first time, a carbon market is opening for business in the United States. The long awaited Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), takes effect on January 1, 2009. Utilities in ten states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont—will be required to purchase carbon emission rights or find themselves unable to operate.

No More Plastic Bags
September 30, 2008 09:14 AM - NY Times

Westport, Conn., this month became the latest of a handful of communities to ban some plastic bags. The bags, which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are running out of places to put their trash.

An Exhausting War on Emissions
September 30, 2008 09:11 AM - The Wall Street Journal

In 1991, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to impose a stiff tax on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the country's emissions should have dropped. Instead, they have risen by 15%. Although the tax forced Norway's oil and gas sector to become among the greenest in the world, soaring energy prices led to a boom in offshore production, which in turn boosted overall emissions. So did drivers. Norwegians, who already pay nearly $10 a gallon, took the tax in stride, buying more cars and driving them more. And numerous industries won exemptions from the tax, carrying on unchanged.

Trader faces damages case for I. Coast toxic waste
September 30, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Up to 30,000 people from Ivory Coast will seek tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Dutch-based oil trader Trafigura for illness they suffered after toxic waste was dumped in 2006, their lawyer said on Monday. The class action suit will be heard in a London court in October 2009, lawyer Martyn Day of British law firm Leigh Day & Co told Reuters.

Car free day tries to drive home lessons of “Green Olympics”
September 29, 2008 10:28 AM - WWF

Beijing, China: After clamping down on cars and the pollution that comes with them for the Olympics, China last week tried to keep the spirit alive with its second national Car Free Day. As part of International Car Free Day, cities across the country restricted private vehicles in designated areas from 07:00 to 19:00 on Monday 22 September, and all drivers were encouraged to leave their cars at home.

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