Pollution

China moves to tackle pollution effects on health
December 1, 2007 03:42 PM - Taige Li, SciDevNet

BEIJING, China launched its first national environmental health action plan to enable research in the environment and health sectors to be combined more effectively. The Ministry of Health and the State Environmental Protection Administration announced the plan at the third National Environment Health Forum in Beijing this week (21 November).

 

Global Warming Warrior
December 1, 2007 10:14 AM - Lexington Blood, Triple Pundit

In June of this year, WEATHERBIRD II, a 115-foot research vessel trolled the Pacific Ocean dumping more than 20 tons of iron dust into the water near the Gallapagos Islands. Why? This proved to be the first attempt to profit from the long studied however unproved antidote to global warming. This is an idea spawned by the company, Planktos, spearheaded by D. Russ George a Greenpeacer and environmental project manager with the Canadian government. The iron dust has caused phytoplankton to bloom upon the ocean's surface which should, in theory, then suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by the tons and sink it deep into the ocean.

Deadly H5N1 bird flu found on Polish turkey farm
December 1, 2007 09:42 AM - Reuters

There are plans to cull 4,000 birds. The cases were found at farms around the village of Brudzen near the city of Plock, Poland's chief veterinary officer Ewa Lech said on television.

Godiva recalls X'mas chocolates in Europe and Asia
December 1, 2007 03:17 AM - Reuters

John Holmberg, managing director of the chocolatier in Pacific Rim, told Reuters it was withdrawing one batch of a product as two pieces of metal were discovered last month in two boxes of the chocolate made in France and sold in Japan.

Alaska gets 5 applications for natural gas
December 1, 2007 02:03 AM - Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Five companies, partnerships and entities have submitted proposals to build a massive pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to bring the region's vast but long-languishing natural gas reserves to markets thousands of miles away, state officials announced late on Friday.

Cell Phone Tip: Ring in a 'Green' Holiday Season
November 30, 2007 05:56 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

DEXTER, Mich. - An estimated 50 million wireless phones will be purchased this holiday season, making the wireless phone one of the hottest gifts of the year. It also makes the wireless phone one of the greatest opportunities to make this a "Green" holiday season.

 

 

The majority of these new phones will be replacements or upgrades for existing handsets. ReCellular, the world's foremost wireless recycler, estimates that recycling one phone for every new model would reclaim:

 

 

A year's supply of gasoline for 50,000 vehicles: According to The Use Less Stuff Report, recycling and reusing 50 million cell phones would save the equivalent of 37.5 million gallons of gasoline in materials and energy usage. That's enough to fuel 50,000 vehicles, averaging 20 mpg, for 15,000 miles per year.

 

Check your carbon footprint -- on your cell phone
November 30, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters

European scientists have devised an online application to measure how much greenhouse gas people emit from the way they travel, light their homes, choose dinner or watch television.

University of California teams with Audi to green student trips
November 30, 2007 10:36 AM -

RIVERSIDE -- Right now, drivers can ask Google maps to direct them to their destination, and highlight pizza places along the way. UC Riverside and UC Berkeley have recently partnered with Audi on a $650,000 project that will allow drivers to determine the greenest route possible.

The idea is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by giving drivers more specific information about the most environmentally responsible route for their particular car in current traffic conditions.

Cyprus behind schedule on cutting emissions
November 30, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus is behind schedule in slowing growth of its greenhouse gas emissions, partly because no-one wants to sacrifice land for lucrative tourism or housing to develop renewable energy, environmental officials said.

Cycling ministers to help ease Bali emissions
November 30, 2007 05:54 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia plans to make ministers from around the world use bicycles to get about at the U.N. talks on climate change in Bali to help offset the event's carbon emissions, an environment ministry official said on Friday.

Delegates from nearly 190 countries will gather on the resort island on Monday to launch a concentrated effort to hammer out a new deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol, a pact to curb global warming that expires in 2012.

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