Canada to crack down on unsafe toys, food, drugs
December 17, 2007 01:02 PM - Reuters
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reacting to a recent series of toy, food and drug recalls, the Canadian government pledged tighter regulations on Monday to try to prevent such problems in the future. "As we head into the holidays, there's growing concern about the safety of the products on the market, and for good reason," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a news conference at a Salvation Army toy depot.
Hong Kong public calls for air pollution fight
December 17, 2007 07:57 AM - Reuters
The head of the government advisory body that collaborated on the report with Hong Kong University also said the city should establish a "superfund" for cleaning up the environment. Released during Hong Kong's traditionally smoggy winter months, the report is the most ambitious so far to gauge public attitudes about pollution, which frequently obscures the famous harbor.
Is Your Yoga Mat Lacking Personality? Toxic?
December 16, 2007 01:47 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Lakewood, NJ - The ancient practice of yoga has moved one step forward with the introduction of non-toxic, personalized yoga mats. The new product is the brainchild of Gwen Bandes an eco-committed entrepreneur. The company offers all yoga lovers the option to embroider their name, friend's name, or even their pet's name on to an eco friendly yoga mat. Perhaps most importantly the mat is toxin free. It does not contain PVC, lead, or toluene. It's also biodegradable and recyclable.
Falsifying Records, Obstruction of Justice, Shipping Company Fined $4.9 Million By US
December 16, 2007 01:36 PM - US Department of Justice
WASHINGTON - Repeat offender, Ionia Management, a Greek company that manages a fleet of tanker vessels, was sentenced today for its role in falsifying records to conceal the overboard dumping of waste oil from the M/T Kriton into international waters and its efforts to impede the investigation of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, Kevin J. O'Connor, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard.
North American Steelmakers Endorse Global Approach to Addressing Climate Change
December 16, 2007 12:40 PM -
WASHINGTON - Responding to the International Iron and Steel Institute's (IISI) address on climate change delivered during the UNFCCC COP-13 meeting this week in Bali, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) endorsed the global sectoral approach to address climate change, agreeing that "this type of global approach is required if a future emissions regulatory regime is to deliver meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide."
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Joins The Climate Registry
December 16, 2007 12:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
BALI, Indonesia - Participating today in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it has joined The Climate Registry (TCR), an organization dedicated to creating a common standard for measuring, reporting and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistently across industry sectors in North America. PG&E is a founding member of the California Climate Action Registry and has voluntarily catalogued its carbon footprint since 2004.
Scientists to Monitor West Antarctica 24/7
December 16, 2007 12:19 PM - International Polar Year Newswire
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In a mission of unprecedented scale, scientists are about to cover West Antarctica with a network of sensors to monitor the interactions between the ice and the earth below—24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
China axes 13 coal power plants, cites pollution
December 16, 2007 09:05 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top economic planning agency has revoked approvals for 13 small coal-fired power plants amid efforts to boost energy efficiency and reduce pollution, state media said on Sunday.
IEA urges bold steps to cut CO2 emissions: report
December 16, 2007 06:31 AM - Reuters
Nobuo Tanaka told Der Spiegel magazine humanity was on track to discharge about 42 billion tons of CO2 per year in 2030, up from 27 billion tons, and that would lead to global temperature rises.
California Town Goes Solar, Collectively
December 15, 2007 02:52 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Thirty-six families in Clovis California joined together in a group-based purchase program, which raised 215 total kilowatts of solar power. As a result of the bulk purchase, the Clovis community will save 20 percent on the market rate for solar installations, and make a positive contribution to the air quality in the Fresno area by offsetting at least 4.3 million pounds of carbon over the next 30 years -- the equivalent of 4,536 barrels of oil.