Pollution

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.

Where does stored nuclear waste go?
November 29, 2007 08:59 AM - Soil Science Society of America

Millions of gallons of hazardous waste resulting from the nation’s nuclear weapons program lie in a remote location in southeastern Washington state called Hanford. Beneath this desert landscape about two million curies of radioactivity and hundreds of thousands of tons of chemicals are captured within the stratified vadose zone below which gives rise to complex subsurface flow paths. These paths create uncertainties about where the contaminants go and what happens to them. With the mighty Columbia River bordering much of the site, where these nuclear wastes migrate, their composition and how fast they are traveling are of vital importance to both people and the environment.

Indonesia increases security for climate change meet
November 29, 2007 04:47 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will deploy 10,000 police and soldiers to guard a high-profile U.N. climate conference in the resort island of Bali, which has been the scene of deadly militant attacks in recent years, officials said.

Some 10,000 people from about 190 countries -- including ministers and senior officials -- are expected to gather in Bali from December 3 to 14 to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting climate warming carbon emissions which expires in 2012.

 

Japan to propose new climate forum with U.S., China
November 29, 2007 04:12 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to involve China and the United States in talks over a new pact on climate change by launching a working group that will bring together all countries, including the major emitters that oppose existing plans.

The foreign ministry said on Thursday that Japan would propose forming such a group at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, next month to discuss long-term climate targets, research and development of emission-reducing technology and other issues.

EU eyes CO2 capture in trade scheme
November 28, 2007 01:17 PM - Reuters

Companies should get credit under the European Union's emissions trading scheme for capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, the European Commission will propose.

The draft legislation, part of a wider package of climate change rules, aims to integrate trapping and holding CO2 into the EU's trading scheme, giving firms another way to meet limits set on their output of the main gas blamed for global warming.

U.S. greenhouse emissions fell 1.5 percent in 2006
November 28, 2007 10:39 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. emissions of the gases blamed for global warming fell 1.5 percent in 2006 on mild weather and increased use of natural gas to generate power and alternative energy, the government estimated on Wednesday.

The Energy Information Administration, the analytical arm of the Department of Energy, estimated that 2006 emissions fell to 7,075.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate (biodiesel) Truck
November 28, 2007 08:47 AM - Tom Schueneman, Triple Pundit

Two men left England last Friday on their way to Timbuktu in a truck powered by chocolate.

For the sake of accuracy, the truck is powered with biodiesel fuel made from “waste chocolate” (I never knew there was such a thing as waste chocolate!).

Leaving from England on a ferry across the English channel, the team of Andy Pag and John Grimshaw plan to make their 4.500 mile journey in approximately three weeks.

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