China's Olympian efforts to tackle air pollution
August 6, 2008 11:17 AM - , SciDevNet

As the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games get underway, an expensive environmental experiment is taking place, providing a golden opportunity for pollution science. The Beijing Olympic Air Quality Monitoring and Warning Project, a 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) monitoring system, has been created in an attempt to guarantee clear skies for the games.

Beijing still hazy with three days to go
August 5, 2008 10:33 AM - Reuters

The haze blanketing Beijing lifted slightly on Tuesday although the sun was obscured by grey skies three days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Organizers want clean and crisp skies for the Games and have closed factories and pulled half the capital's 3.3 million cars off the roads to achieve their ambition. They are holding in reserve further plans to reduce the number of cars on the roads and shut more factories, if projections show unacceptable conditions in coming days.

Prospectors sift through America's garbage in a gold rush founded on metals, plastic and paper
August 4, 2008 10:41 AM - The Independent

The global implications of the trash boom only really hit you when you see the enormous pallets being carted away from the plant. You realise that recyclers can make vast profits from combing through ordinary rubbish, processing it and then reselling it to other companies. And that leads to another, bigger thought: trash is no longer just an environmental liability. It is becoming a financial asset. And it is everywhere.

Games city breathes easier as haze clears
August 2, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Olympics Games organizers could breathe easier on Friday after showers and a breeze cleared haze that had blanketed China's capital, raising fears of risks to athletes' health. Skies over Beijing were the same gray as past days, but the rains overnight cooled temperatures and swept away much of the fumes and dust.

Around the World on Solar Power
July 31, 2008 08:14 AM - http://www.international.ucla.edu

Swiss schoolteacher doing his part to change the world pulled his "Solartaxi" up to the curb on July 22 at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the latest stop in his 50,000-kilometer, around-the-world drive to draw international attention to the present-day potential of alternative energy sources.

Even with "blue skies", is Beijing's air safe?
July 31, 2008 07:26 AM - Reuters

Beijing has vowed the Olympic Games will take place under blue skies, not the murky "sauna" haze that has shrouded the city recently, but even on apparently clear days pollution levels may not be safe for athletes. Officials lavished 120 billion yuan ($17.6 billion) on cleaning up the capital with factories dozens of miles away closed down, construction halted, and over half the city's 3.3 million cars cleared from the roads.

Beijing says "sauna" haze will not last over Games
July 29, 2008 09:31 AM - Reuters

Beijing authorities said sauna-like weather trapping hazy pollution in the Olympic host city will not last throughout the Games, state media reported on Tuesday, as organizers consider more pollution controls.

China says air clearing for Games despite hazy skies
July 25, 2008 11:55 AM - Reuters

China's efforts to clear the skies over its polluted capital are having an effect, officials said on Friday, insisting that Beijing's air would be safe for Olympic athletes despite persistent smog over the city. Beijing authorities have taken cars off the road and opened new subway lines in the past week, in addition to halting some construction and suspending factory production, in a last-ditch effort to ensure clear skies when the Games open on August 8.

Oil spills onto ice, climate among Arctic risks
July 25, 2008 11:48 AM - Reuters

Companies seeking oil in the Arctic will need better technology to clean up spills onto ice and could new face hazards such as rougher seas caused by climate change, experts said on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated this week that 22 percent of the world's undiscovered, technically recoverable reserves of oil and gas were in the Arctic, raising environmentalists' worries about possible impact on wildlife.

Fuel Costs Clip Airline Wings
July 25, 2008 11:34 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

It doesn't take a frequent flyer to realize that the airline industry is headed for a hard landing. The rising price of jet fuel, up almost 100 percent in the last year, has the global airline industry struggling to cut costs, boost profitability, and salvage its image. Analysts predict a major industry contraction within the next two years.

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