Japan 24-hour shops hit by emission limits
June 18, 2008 10:47 AM - Reuters
Japan's 24-hour convenience stores, already struggling with lagging sales and growth, may soon face yet another threat -- moves to limit business hours and close the stores late at night. The prefecture of Saitama, which borders Tokyo, may follow in the footsteps of the western city of Kyoto and urge convenience stores to close during late night hours in an effort to limit carbon dioxide emissions, Japanese media reported.
Compostableware that leaves the others far behind
June 18, 2008 10:24 AM - , Triple Pundit
These days, "compostableware" is becoming increasingly common. Whether it's your to go box, or the lidded soup bowl, or the bio plastic cups for your drinks. And yet, something's not quite right. That soup bowl starts to bend. The to go box gets soggy. The cup is made from corn, which, GMO or not, is unsustainable and responsible for many issues both agricultural and economic in our society today. And that's just the beginning.
Senate blocks debate of clean energy tax credits
June 17, 2008 05:14 PM - Reuters
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked debate of a bill to offer about $17.7 billion in tax incentives for consumers to build renewable energy sources like windmills and solar arrays, and buy plug-in cars that run on electricity rather than gasoline. The Energy Independence and Tax Relief Act of 2008 would have extended a tax credit to build windmills by one year through December 31, 2009, and extend for three years similar credits for renewable energy sources like biomass, geothermal, landfill gas and trash combustion.
Virgin America to cut flights as fuel soars
June 17, 2008 10:35 AM - Reuters
Virgin America, the low-cost U.S. airline partly owned by Britain's Virgin Group, said on Tuesday it would cut flying capacity about 10 percent in the fourth quarter from previously estimated levels, as it deals with high oil prices. The carrier, which began operating last summer, is the latest U.S. airline to announce plans to cut back on flights in the fourth quarter as jet fuel costs hover around all-time highs.
TAU Announces New "Supercenter" for Renewable Energy at Conference Opened by Al Gore
June 17, 2008 10:31 AM - www.aftau.org
Natural resources are rapidly being depleted. Traditional energy sources, like oil, have become hostages to a weakening world economy. The future, it seems, may depend on renewable energy -- new technology that bridges scientific disciplines and commercial opportunities.
The Regulatory Arena for Voluntary Offsets
June 17, 2008 10:01 AM - , Triple Pundit
In the wild west of offset sales, regulators are the saloon owners who kept their guns locked and loaded under the counter. Regulation schemes are filling in to provide some consistency in a wildly unreliable marketplace. As you know, carbon offsets are extremely abstract. A buyer can't kick the tires, check the teeth, or do any sort of personal examination of the product before buying it. That's why regulation is so important.
Honda rolls out new zero-emission car
June 17, 2008 09:39 AM - BusinessWeek
Honda's new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to southern California, where Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring. The FCX Clarity, which runs on hydrogen and electricity, emits only water and none of the gases believed to induce global warming. It is also two times more energy efficient than a gas-electric hybrid and three times that of a standard gasoline-powered car, the company says.
New eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water.
June 16, 2008 09:59 AM - www.fuelcelltoday.com
It is claimed the Water Energy System (WES) developed by Genepax can generate power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes. The basic power generation mechanism of the system is similar to that of a standard fuel cell. The main feature of the new system is that it uses a membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which contains a material that breaks down the water to hydrogen and oxygen.
China leaps ahead of U.S. in gas emissions
June 16, 2008 09:19 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
China has now clearly overtaken the United States as the world's leading emitter of climate-warming gases, a new study has found. The increasing emissions from China - up 8 percent in the past year - accounted for two-thirds of the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, the study found. The report, released Friday by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, is an annual study. Last year, for the first time, the researchers found that China had edged ahead of the United States as the world's leading emitter.
Future belongs to electric cars: VW chairman Winterkorn in report
June 16, 2008 09:15 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The future belongs to electric cars because of high fuel prices and environmental considerations, the head of the biggest European car maker, VW, said on Monday. "In the next few years, we are not going to do without petrol and diesel motors, but the future belongs to the electric car," VW chairman Martin Winterkorn told the mass-circulation German newspaper Bild-Zeitung.