Soaring living costs cloud U.N. climate talks
June 2, 2008 08:13 AM - Reuters
U.N.-led climate talks began in Germany on Monday on a global warming pact, facing a challenge from critics who say climate measures are partly to blame for high food and energy prices. The meeting is the second in a series of eight which aim to secure a global climate deal by the end of next year in Copenhagen, to come into force after the first round of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
Even low levels of air pollution may pose stroke risk
May 31, 2008 08:06 AM - University of Michigan
Short-term exposure to low levels of particulate air pollution may increase the risk of stroke or mini-stroke, according to findings that suggest current exposure standards could be insufficient to protect the public.
Harnessing Energy from the Oceans
May 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Forever moving - our restless oceans have enough energy to power the world. As long as the Earth turns and the moon keeps its appointed cycle, the oceans will absorb and dissipate vast amounts of kinetic energy - a renewable energy resource of enormous potential.
World's Largest Carbon Market Facilitates Pollution
May 29, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit
An article in the Guardian newspaper reveals that billions worth of 'clean' investment on the world's largest carbon offsets market ends up polluting the environment. The article cites researchers who've reviewed the participating companies in the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). They issued a report which seriously undermines the credibility of the CDM.
kitchen composter turns garbage into gold
May 29, 2008 09:15 AM - , The Alternative Consumer
Here’s a great way to reduce the amount of food scraps tossed in the trash, and start making some food for your home-grown herbs and veggies. Feed vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, meat, fish and dairy into the hopper and within 2 weeks you’ve got fresh fertilizer — check out the Pro Composter by NatureMill.
Study shows biggest polluters east of Mississippi
May 29, 2008 12:54 AM - Reuters
All but one of the top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas that release the most greenhouse gases on a per capita basis lie east of the Mississippi River, a study released on Thursday showed. "A north-south divide is also apparent," as seven of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases are located in the south, including two from each of three states, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky, according to the report by the Regional Plan Association, a New York-based think tank.
Ocean Acidification And Its Impact On Ecosystems
May 27, 2008 07:29 AM - CNRS
Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) through human activities have a well known impact on the Earth's climate. What is not so well known is that the absorption of this CO2 by the oceans is causing inexorable acidification of sea water. But what impact is this phenomenon having on marine organisms and ecosystems? This is a question to which researchers have few answers as yet.
Hand Over Your Cooking Oils And Get A Reduced Busfare - Scottish Bus Network Goes Carbon Neutral
May 26, 2008 08:20 AM - , Triple Pundit
You can get a reduction on your busfare in Scotland if you hand over your cooking oil to a recycling plant making biofuels. Stagecoach, Scotland's largest transport company, booked so much success with this green scheme in the past six months, it's now embarking on a drive to become completely carbon neutral by the end of this year.
G8 environment ministers: halve emissions by 2050
May 26, 2008 02:45 AM - Reuters
Environment ministers from the G8 rich nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to forge a new treaty on global warming by the end of next year.
StatoilHydro says oil leaking at North Sea field
May 24, 2008 06:33 AM - Reuters
Norwegian energy group StatoilHydro reported a serious oil leak at its Statfjord oilfield in the North Sea on Saturday and said it evacuated all but emergency workers from platform A where oil is still leaking. "The situation is serious and confused," StatoilHydro said in a statement. No one is hurt or missing and clean-up crews have been mobilized to deal with the spill, the company said.