Pollution

North America's 1st carbon tax rolls out under fire
June 27, 2008 09:07 AM - Reuters

Civic leader Scott Nelson says he is as worried as anyone about global warming, but that does not make him happy to be one of the first North Americans to pay a carbon tax to curb climate change. Nelson, mayor of Williams Lake, British Columbia, says record high energy prices mean that the levy, for all its good intentions, could not come at a worst time for residents in his community, a lumber and ranching town about 525 km (340 miles) north of Vancouver.

Exxon Valdez $2.5 bln oil spill ruling overturned
June 25, 2008 10:28 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned on Wednesday the $2.5 billion in punitive damages that Exxon Mobil Corp was to have paid for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska.

Earth Near Tipping Point, Climatologist Warns
June 25, 2008 10:07 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

WASHINGTON-James Hansen returned to Capitol Hill a hero yesterday, but certainly not a conquering hero. The soft-spoken scientist, hailed as the "whistle-blower for the planet," tried to quiet a standing ovation from environmentalists here with a typically blunt admonition.

Grow your own
June 24, 2008 10:03 AM - LexisNexus

Buried in the news a few weeks ago was an announcement by a small Californian firm called Amyris. It was, perhaps, a parable for the future of biotechnology. Amyris is famous in the world of tropical medicine for applying the latest biotechnological tools to the manufacture of artemisinin, an antimalarial drug that is normally extracted from a Chinese vine.

Technology and climate change

How much computing can mankind afford? That is a question the computer and telecoms industries hate to hear. They do not see themselves in the same dirty league as airlines or carmakers, sources of huge amounts of carbon dioxide, but instead as part of the solution. In a pre-emptive strike, a group of technology firms calling itself the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) has joined the Climate Group, a non-profit environmental club, to examine how information and communications technologies (ICT) affect climate change.

Nuclear Prospects Unclear
June 23, 2008 09:10 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Global nuclear power capacity grew by less than 2,000 megawatts in 2007, a figure equivalent to just one-tenth of the new wind power installed globally last year, according to the latest Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Global nuclear capacity stands at 372,000 megawatts, but ranks as the slowest growing energy source-just 0.5 percent in 2007, compared to wind at 27 percent.

No major deal in Seoul on G8 climate draft: sources
June 23, 2008 09:07 AM - Reuters

Leading economies reached a draft accord on greenhouse gas emissions that will be presented at the G8 summit next month, South Korea said on Monday, but sources at the talks said there were no breakthroughs in the pact. Members of the Group of Eight leading powers, eight other major countries and the European Union met in Seoul at the weekend seeking long-term pledges on cutting greenhouse gases.

Study questions method of listing fuel efficiency

Listing vehicle fuel efficiency in "gallons per mile" instead "miles per gallon" would allow consumers to better understand potential fuel savings when they shop for a new car, according to a study released today. The Duke University study, published in Science magazine, says listing fuel efficiency in its current form leads consumers to assume fuel consumption drops at an even rate as efficiency improves. It doesn't.

U.S. Government Issues Shark Finning Ban in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Waters
June 23, 2008 08:43 AM - , Oceana

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today filed new rules that will require federal shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to land sharks with their fins still naturally attached. Previous federal regulations required only that fins and carcasses be brought to dock in a specific ratio, allowing shark fins to be cut off at sea.

California to unveil ambitious plan to battle global warming
June 23, 2008 08:39 AM - news.cn

California's air board, for years an obscure state agency, will take center stage this week when it unveils a blueprint for the nation's most aggressive fight against global warming, a newspaper report said on Sunday. The plan is expected to affect every resident, industry and government agency in the state in the coming decade, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

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