Pollution

Suit says IBM dumped chemicals in New York state
January 3, 2008 04:55 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Neighbors of a former IBM plant in New York state sued the company on Thursday, saying it released chemicals into the air, ground and water for nearly 80 years that caused birth defects and cancer. Some 90 residents of the upstate New York towns of Endicott and Union say that from 1924 to 2002, IBM dumped chemicals including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene near the Endicott plant where the computer giant was born.

Neapolitans protest against garbage crisis plan
January 3, 2008 12:45 PM - Reuters

About 200 people on Thursday blocked the entrance to a waste dump in Naples which authorities planned to reopen to resolve a garbage crisis blamed on mismanagement, corruption and organized crime. Shoulder-high mounds of rotting, rat-infested garbage have accumulated in the southern city for months as delays have dogged the opening of a massive incinerator meant to end a 14-year 'state of emergency' for waste in the Naples area.

Tokyo seen eyeing China's carbon credits
January 3, 2008 08:05 AM - Reuters

Japan is planning to buy up carbon credits yielded by its investments in emissions-cutting projects in China, a newspaper said on Thursday. The two governments agreed the deal on Wednesday and will formally sign it when President Hu Jintao visits Japan, probably in late March, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

NY judge dismisses Spain's claims over oil spill
January 2, 2008 03:39 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday dismissed damage claims filed by Spain against an organization that inspects and certifies ships in connection with one of the world's largest oil spills in the past decade.

Fifteen states sue EPA over auto emissions
January 2, 2008 02:06 PM - Reuters

HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Fifteen states said on Wednesday they filed a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to tighten regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from cars. Reporting by Jason Szep; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

Loosing more than we gain from Autumn warming in the north
January 2, 2008 02:04 PM -

Gif-sur-Yvette, France - An international study investigating the carbon sink capacity of northern terrestrial ecosystems discovered that the duration of the net carbon uptake period (CUP) has on average decreased due to warmer autumn temperatures.

European conference aims to create global commodity market for non-GM soy and feed
January 2, 2008 01:15 PM -

Brussels, Belgium - Ensuring a reliable, global supply of non-GM soy for feed was the focus of a two-day conference held in December in Brussels, Belgium. The conference, “Non-GM Feedstuffs, Quality Productions and European Regional Agricultures’ Strategy,” was organized by Europe’s GMO-Free Regions Network and the European Committee of Regions, which hosted the event at its Brussels headquarters.

Philippine rebels raid mine to stop "plunder"
January 2, 2008 03:55 AM - Reuters

Communist rebels in the Philippines said on Wednesday they attacked a mine majority-owned by Xstrata Plc to "punish" the Switzerland-based firm, protect the environment and safeguard the rights of local tribes. About 30-40 armed men raided the Tampakan mine in the southern Philippines on Tuesday morning and burned six buildings, police said. They said the rebels were from the Communist New People's Army (NPA).

Housewives are more ecologically aware and recycle more than university students
January 1, 2008 10:31 PM - University of Granada

University of Granada - According to a new study, a high awareness of the environment does not necessarily entail the practice of ecologically responsible behaviour.Research was carried out from a sample of 525 university students and 154 housewives. The research, carried out at the University of Granada, reveals that housewives are more willing to separate glass from other garbage than students.

Good News About Ocean Methane
January 1, 2008 10:21 PM - University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain.

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