Pollution

Recycling CFLs is Finally Easy to Do!
June 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , Big Green Purse

If you like the idea of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs but worry about the mercury they contain, now you can worry a lot less. The Home Depot is selling bulbs that have cut the amount of mercury most bulbs contain in half. And when you’re finished with the bulbs, you can recycle them — along with any other CFLs you have — at any of the company’s 1,973 stores.

Coming Clean: Struggle over Label Fraud in Organic Body Care Products
June 30, 2008 08:14 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The I-Team investigates non-food organic products being sold in stores. Both "100% natural" and "Pure and Organic" sound great for the consumer and safe for the environment but exactly what kind of products have consumers been using?

Solar Water Heaters Now Mandatory In Hawaii
June 30, 2008 08:11 AM - , MetaEfficient

Hawaii has become the first state to require solar water heaters in new homes. The bill was signed into law by Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican. It requires the energy-saving systems in homes starting in 2010. It prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters.

G8 may invest billions to cut CO2
June 30, 2008 07:56 AM - Reuters

The Group of Eight wealthy nations are looking at investing more than $10 billion a year to support new technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, including carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), a Japanese daily reported on Sunday. A draft statement on economic issue is being considered for release at the July 7-9 summit of G8 leaders in Hokkaido, northern Japan, the business daily Nikkei said.

China Watch: Plastic Bag Ban Trumps Market and Consumer Efforts
June 30, 2008 07:48 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

China's recent plastic bag ban has been immediately accepted by consumers. In a country where billions of plastic bags are used each day, the government's top-down policy move will likely benefit the country's environment and energy security well before market forces or consumer-led efforts are able to achieve similar impact.

Brown researchers create mercury-absorbent container linings for broken CFLs
June 27, 2008 10:11 AM - Brown University

With rising energy prices and greater concern over global warming, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are having a successful run. Sales of the curlicue, energy-sipping bulbs, which previously had languished since they were introduced in the United States in 1979, reached nearly 300 million last year. Experts expect that figure to rise steeply by 2012, when a federal law requiring energy-efficient lighting goes into effect.

U.S. Ecosystem Report Indicates Trouble
June 27, 2008 09:40 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Years of industrial and agricultural growth have left an indelible imprint on many formerly vibrant U.S. ecosystems. While nature is adept at resilience, the depletion and contamination of natural resources, especially water, may affect human health and wellbeing, a new report suggests.

EU reaches landmark deal to cap airline emissions
June 27, 2008 09:29 AM - International Herald Tribune

The European Union reached a landmark agreement Thursday to cap emissions from aircraft, raising the stakes in an increasingly ferocious battle with the United States over how to regulate global greenhouse gases.

New "carbon revolution" urged to slow warming

The world needs a shift as radical as the Industrial Revolution to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while safeguarding economic growth, the McKinsey Global Institute said on Thursday.

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.

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