January 31, 2008 09:36 AM - Nin-Hai Tseng, Global Policy Innovations Program
If we're to do business, keep the poison away. Such is the message reverberating lately in the global marketplace. Mercury tests of tuna sushi bought in October by the New York Times from Manhattan restaurants and stores revealed toxic levels high enough to warrant precaution for children and pregnant women. Some suppliers have argued that because mercury enters the oceans as an industrial pollutant, its presence in fish is out of their control and must instead be dealt with on a global level.
Free Reusable Bags at Whole Foods
January 31, 2008 09:08 AM - , Big Green Purse
Whole Foods Markets from New Jersey to Virginia began giving away one free reusable bag per customer yesterday to encourage shoppers to “BYOB”Ě — Bring Your Own Bag. The bag had already caught my eye, not only because it’s so cheerful and colorful, but also because it’s made from 80% post-consumer waste. Plus, it’s got a washable surface and actually seems more ample inside than the standard paper grocery bag.
UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2006
January 31, 2008 08:08 AM - Reuters
Britain reversed previous estimates to say its emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases fell in 2006, showing on Thursday that it was already nearing a self-imposed goal for 2025. Britain says it is a world leader in the fight against global warming and is introducing legally binding targets to cut carbon emissions by 26-32 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 below 1990 levels.
EU steps up legal action vs Italy over Naples waste
January 31, 2008 06:51 AM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will step up legal action against Italy over the country's handling of a rubbish crisis in Naples, it said on Thursday. "The European Commission is sending Italy a final written warning over the chronic waste crisis plaguing Naples and the rest of the Campania region," the EU executive said in a statement.
France scraps licenses for 1,500 pesticides
January 30, 2008 08:42 AM - Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - France will ban the sale of more than 1,500 pesticides from February 1 as part of a larger plan to cut by 50 percent the use of phytosanitary products in the next 10 years, the farm ministry said. "Michel Barnier, minister for agriculture and fisheries, has announced the cancellation, before February 1, of marketing licenses for products containing 30 substances considered as the most worrying," it said in a statement released late on Tuesday.
Indigenous peoples win conservation successes in Chile
January 30, 2008 08:41 AM - WWF
A near 20 year struggle for land rights and conservation of their rare Araucaria forests for an indigenous Pehuenche community of the Andes range has been rewarded with a grant of title to 22,000 acres of land in southern Chile. Also in December, the Huiliche indigenous community of Mapu Lahual received a prestigious Seal Award from Chilean president Michelle Bachelet for the contribution of their local development and conservation project to one of the most isolated and poorest areas of coastal Chile. This project, “Strenghtening Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Huilliche Territoty of Mapu Lahual”Ě is being carried out by WWF Chile and the Mapu Lahual indigenous Association.
SmartWay: It’ not just a clever name
January 29, 2008 11:36 AM - , Ship Green
Although shipping emissions are one of the largest contributors to total CO2 emissions in the U.S. and beyond, they have only been recently studied in depth. Part of the recent interest in shipping emissions and methods to mitigate them has been sparked by the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport program. Launched in 2004 after a year of study and dialogue with various research groups and consultants, the program engages trucking companies, retailers, rail companies, and individual truckers interested in reducing their emissions and helps them with everything from practical everyday fixes such as proper tire maintenance to financing for new equipment that greatly improves fuel efficiency. We spoke with Mitch Greenberg, Program Manager of the EPA’s SmartWay program to find out how it works, what companies and shippers can do to get involved with the program, and what it has planned for the year ahead.
Should you buy soda in plastic bottles or aluminum cans?
January 29, 2008 09:29 AM - , Triple Pundit
Dear Pablo, Assuming that one can't break the habit of drinking pop, what kind of container is more environmentally friendly, aluminum cans or plastic bottles (2 liter)?
Russia clears way for carbon profits
January 29, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's government on Tuesday opened the door to applications from entrepreneurs and big polluters to profit from greenhouse gas emissions cuts by selling these to Western countries. The U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol puts limits on greenhouse gases from 36 rich nations but softens the restrictions by allowing governments to fund emissions-cutting projects in poor and former communist countries and count the cuts as their own.
Wood-Pellet Stoves: Efficient Heat
January 28, 2008 09:02 AM - , Triple Pundit
The 1980’s witnessed the inception of wood-pellet stoves but the benefits and efficiency of this innovative product, has not showed its face until recently. A pellet stove is a small electric unit that burns small pieces of recycled and compacted sawdust pellets. The advantages to wood pellet stoves are many, for one, they are extremely efficient, use inexpensive fuel and produce very little waste.