Pollution

California adopts the most sweeping curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.
December 13, 2008 09:36 AM - LA Times

The state air board orders a 15% cut in emissions over the next 12 years, bringing them down to 1990 levels. Reporting from Sacramento -- California regulators adopted the nation's first comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gases Thursday and characterized it as a model for President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged an aggressive national and international effort to combat global warming.

California moves on global warming, warned on cost
December 12, 2008 09:20 AM - Reuters

California, the leading U.S. state on climate change, set detailed goals on Thursday to cut greenhouse gases and address global warming but faced criticism the plan's economic assumptions were hopelessly optimistic. Home to the world's eighth largest economy, California confirmed its U.S. environmental trendsetter status with an ambitious 2006 law that seeks to cut carbon emissions linked to global warming to 1990 levels by 2020.

World must avoid backsliding in climate fight: U.N.
December 11, 2008 08:38 AM - Reuters

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - The world must avoid backsliding in the fight against global warming and work out a "Green New Deal" to fix twin climate and economic crises, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. "We must re-commit ourselves to the urgency of our cause," Ban told about 100 environment ministers at December 1-12 U.N. talks in Poland working on a new climate treaty but overshadowed by worries about recession.

South Korean oil spill captain jailed
December 10, 2008 10:25 AM - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court on Wednesday found the captain of a Hong Kong tanker criminally negligent in the country's worst oil spill, which caused at least $500 million in estimated damages and blackened a wide stretch of coastline. In December 2007, a crane mounted on a Samsung Heavy Industries barge pierced the hull of the Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit tanker while it was at anchor, leading to over 10,500 tons of crude oil being spilled into the Yellow Sea.

Ozone hole weakens oceanic carbon sink
December 10, 2008 09:58 AM - naturenews

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica may be impairing the Southern Ocean's ability to mop up carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere, according to work presented at a meeting in France today.

How a Local Firewood Cooperative Can Lower a Nation's Carbon Footprint
December 9, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

It’s one of the biggest issues currently being addressed in Poznan: How can we stop the burning of forests as poor people burn firewood to make a living? Wood is also increasingly popular as a biomass fuel. So what’s the deal? Can we burn wood and not impact the environment?

Scottish climate bill could set global example
December 9, 2008 08:58 AM - WWF

Edinburgh, Scotland: The newly published Scottish Climate Change Bill has the potential to become a world leading piece of legislation if it receives cross-party backing from Scottish MPs, according to WWF-Scotland. The targets in the bill include a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a cut of 80 per cent by 2050. It also sets out measures to tackle shipping and aviation emissions, as well as emissions from all six greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide.

"Made in China" label battered by product scandals
December 8, 2008 10:09 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Milk, toothpaste, cough syrup, pet food, eels, blood thinner, car parts, pork, eggs, honey, chicken, dumplings, cooking oil and rice -- if you can fake it or taint it, you can almost guarantee it's happened in China. A string of product safety scandals, including contaminated infant formula that is believed to have killed six babies and sickened thousands of others, have rocked the faith of shoppers, making them wary of buying products made in China despite the often cheaper price tag.

Petition launched for suspended South African water expert
December 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , SciDevNet

Scientists and NGOs have launched a petition calling for the reinstatement of a respected South African water expert who has been suspended from his job at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Anthony Turton, a fellow of CSIR, was suspended after criticising both the council and the government for failing to address the impending water crisis in the country. The petitioners have called his suspension an "attempted silencing of the truth about South Africa's water crisis" and a "major attack on the constitutional right to freedom of expression".

U.S. polluters to pay record $11.8 billion in 2008: EPA
December 5, 2008 10:43 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions during the 2008 budget year resulted in a record $11.8 billion in pollution controls and projects to clean up the environment, the agency said on Thursday. "After these pollution control activities are completed, EPA estimates record pollution reductions of 3.9 billion pounds per year," said Granta Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

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