Pollution

China to clear "1,000-year-old" trash from mega-dam
December 13, 2007 12:16 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Officials running China's huge Three Gorges Dam have vowed to clear the last of the "1,000-year old" trash mountains fouling the reservoir, state media reported on Thursday.

The 300,000-tonne slope of garbage teetering on the shores of the Yangtze River dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and has been rising rapidly in recent years, an official at Luoqi Town in southwest China told the Xinhua news agency.

Canada halts use of mumps vaccine, launches probe
December 12, 2007 06:18 PM - Carla Tonelli, Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada suspended use of three batches of a mumps vaccine on Wednesday after five people fell ill in the midst of a vaccination campaign in the western province of Alberta.

Chemicals used as fire retardants could be harmful
December 12, 2007 05:02 PM - UC Riverside, Newswire

Riverside, California - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as fire retardants, can be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, as reported in a news story days ago, they are being found in alarming concentrations, in human blood and breast milk – a potentially major concern for human health.

California greenhouse gas law may stand: judge
December 12, 2007 03:25 PM - Reuters

A spokesman for the auto industry, which had argued that California's law is unconstitutional, said an appeal is uncertain. "We're still reviewing the decision and a decision on whether or not to appeal hasn't been made yet," said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

NYMEX and Evolution to launch CO2 exchange in '08
December 12, 2007 12:46 PM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Evolution Markets, an environmental products and energy brokerage, said on Wednesday it was combining with the New York Mercantile Exchange to offer trade in the United States next year in global carbon credits.

Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor
December 12, 2007 12:13 PM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament was set to overrule the country's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday and order a reactor that makes crucial radioisotopes for cancer tests be restarted immediately.

U.N.'s Ban urges 2009 deadline for climate deal
December 12, 2007 11:33 AM - By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world on Wednesday to agree to work out a new climate treaty by 2009 but said it might be "too ambitious" to set goals for greenhouse gas cuts in Bali.

StatoilHydro says 25,000 barrels of oil spilled in N.Sea
December 12, 2007 11:02 AM - By John Acher, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - About 25,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at the Statfjord oilfield on Wednesday, field operator StatoilHydro and oil officials said.

Study: Policy Trumps Technological Change in Beating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 12, 2007 08:53 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

A new study finds that policy changes, not technological advances, are necessary to stem the tide of rising greenhouse gas emissions. And the amount of climate-changing pollutants emitted could grow more quickly in the next 50 years than the last half-century, according to report authors Richard Eckaus of MIT and Ian Sue Wing of Boston University and MIT. “Technological change will not necessarily reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Energy taxes or a system on energy use and trade in emissions permits are necessary,” Eckaus says.

U.N. aims to provide carbon neutral example
December 12, 2007 08:33 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - More countries should follow the examples of Costa Rica, Norway and New Zealand and aim to wipe out their contribution to climate change altogether, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Wednesday.

"This is not peanuts, it's whole countries," UNEP chief Achim Steiner told a news conference.

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