PM orders Naples schools to open despite garbage
January 6, 2008 12:28 PM - Reuters
NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi ordered Naples schools to reopen on Monday despite fears that stinking heaps of uncollected garbage in the streets could spread disease. More than 100,000 tonnes of refuse is estimated to be festering on the roadsides of the southern Italian city and surrounding areas after garbage trucks stopped operating two weeks ago because all landfills are full.
Romania to contest EU carbon emission cuts: report
January 6, 2008 11:05 AM - Reuters
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has asked for an annulment of a 2007 European Commission decision to cut its carbon emission quota, a government official said. The European Commission decided in October to cut the new EU member's emission quota for 2008-2018 by 20.7 percent and lower its 2007 ceiling by 10 percent.
21 Things You Didn't Know You Can Recycle
January 6, 2008 09:35 AM - www.coopamerica.org
Garbage. Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less. Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle. That’s why our editors spent the summer of 2007 investigating the state of waste management in our country, putting this list togther for you, explaining how we can get serious about the three R’s — reducing, reusing, and recycling — and divert more waste away from landfills.
100 percent of people carry at least 1 type of pesticide
January 5, 2008 04:18 PM - Universidad de Granada
A study carried out by researchers from the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública), found that 100% of Spaniards analyzed had at least one kind of persistent organic compound (POC´s), substances internationally classified as potentially harmful to one’s health, in their bodies. These substances enter the body trough food, water or even air. All of them tend to accumulate in human adipose tissue and easily enter into the organism through the aforementioned mediums.
EPA halts river clean-up talks with Dow Chemical
January 5, 2008 02:24 AM - Reuters
The EPA's region 5 office had previously extended negotiations that began in October in an attempt to reach a final agreement on the clean-up of cancer-causing dioxins from the Tittabawassee River system near Dow's Midland, Michigan, headquarters.
Clean power for Norwegian oil and gas rigs seen costly
January 5, 2008 02:19 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's hopes of supplying cleaner electricity to offshore oil and gas platforms to help fight global warming suffered a setback on Friday when an official report projected higher-than-expected costs.
Lilly, Daiichi seek FDA approval of clot drug
January 5, 2008 02:02 AM - Reuters
The companies submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 26 and plan to submit one in Europe during the first quarter, they said.
EU considers carbon tariff
January 5, 2008 02:01 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission is debating whether to push for a carbon tariff on imports from countries that do not tackle their greenhouse gas emissions, as part of climate change proposals due out this month.
ADM to bury carbon from ethanol plant
January 4, 2008 02:41 PM - Reuters
Archer Daniels Midland Co, a major food processor, said it is working with business and government groups in the Midwest on an $84 million project to bury planet-warming gas emissions from an ethanol plant starting next year. The project will be one of the first in the United States to use carbon sequestration technology. Carbon burial is unproven, but has the potential to be a crucial weapon against greenhouse emissions by keeping carbon dioxide from some of the dirtiest industries from reaching the atmosphere.
First-ever study to link increased mortality specifically to carbon dioxide emissions
January 4, 2008 09:05 AM - Stanford University
A Stanford scientist has spelled out for the first time the direct links between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increases in human mortality, using a state-of-the-art computer model of the atmosphere that incorporates scores of physical and chemical environmental processes. The new findings, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, come to light just after the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent ruling against states setting specific emission standards for this greenhouse gas based in part on the lack of data showing the link between carbon dioxide emissions and their health effects.