Federal inquiry could delay clean-trucks program at ports of L.A. and Long Beach
September 13, 2008 09:16 AM - LA Times
The Federal Maritime Commission on Friday raised several questions about the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex's landmark clean-trucks program that appear likely to delay the plan's Oct. 1 start. The two ports, which make up the nation's busiest container cargo operation, received a voluminous set of questions about their plans to ban pre-1989 trucks in favor of newer, cleaner models. The agency could go to federal court to block implementation if it doesn't like the answers.
Buyers of low-fuel cars get a sales tax exemption
September 12, 2008 02:36 PM - Seattle PI
A new sales tax exemption that encourages Washington car shoppers to choose hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles will save them an estimated $18.6 million over the next two years.
Chicago Company Launches Tree Free Paper
September 12, 2008 10:00 AM - , Triple Pundit
Cutting down on the use of paper is easy enough, but in spite of all your efforts you’ll never become 100% paperless. That’s where tree free paper comes in. Recentlylaunched on the market by GPA, a Chicago paper company, Ultra Green paper is 100% tree free.
Clean coal for the future?
September 11, 2008 09:11 AM - Reuters
What's billed as the world's first coal-fired power station to capture and store environmentally harmful carbon dioxide emissions opens in eastern Germany.
From Mules to Biofuels
September 8, 2008 10:00 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe.
Tracking down the menace in Mexico City smog
September 8, 2008 09:11 AM - DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
A new report by scientists who are part of the international MILAGRO Campaign indicates that some of the most harmful air pollution in Mexico City may not come from motor vehicles but instead originates with industrial sources — and that the culprit may be garbage incineration.
Bottled Water Demand May Be Declining
September 8, 2008 09:04 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
The U.S. bottled water market is slowing down after years of steady growth, suggesting that international awareness campaigns may be curbing consumer demand. While bottled water continues to expand in global popularity, the U.S. market is expected to grow 6.7 percent this year, the smallest increase this decade, according to data collected by the Beverage Marketing Corporation.
L.A. residents ferret out toxic sites for researchers
September 7, 2008 08:55 AM - LA Times
Marcela Herrera wiped sweat from her nose as the screeching sound of a saw cutting lumber mixed with mariachi music blaring from a house across the street. Clipboard in hand, Herrera jotted down addresses in this Pacoima neighborhood where lumber, steel, ironworks and heavy equipment rental shops operate near homes.
Solar Powered System Helps Reduce Ship's Emissions - Innovation on the High Seas
September 6, 2008 10:33 AM - , Triple Pundit
Japan’s largest shipping line, Nippon Yusen KK, has teamed with Nippon Oil Corporation in developing a system of solar panels capable of generating 40 kilowatts of electricity for use on a 60,000 ton cargo ship for Toyota Motor Corporation. Unlike the solar panels soon to be offered on the tops of the Toyota Priusthat I wrote about last week, these panels are designed to assist with the ship’s motive power.
Failing grades for carbon emitters down under
September 6, 2008 10:27 AM - WWF
Some major Australian power generators are doing next to nothing to prepare for a low-carbon future, according to a new report from WWF-Australia. The 2008 WWF-Australia Power Generators Carbon Future Score Card assessed 19 of Australia’s power firms on the work they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions and around half were awarded two stars or less out of a possible five.