Buyers of low-fuel cars get a sales tax exemption
September 12, 2008 02:36 PM - Seattle PI

A new sales tax exemption that encourages Washington car shoppers to choose hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles will save them an estimated $18.6 million over the next two years.

Chicago Company Launches Tree Free Paper
September 12, 2008 10:00 AM - , Triple Pundit

Cutting down on the use of paper is easy enough, but in spite of all your efforts you’ll never become 100% paperless. That’s where tree free paper comes in. Recentlylaunched on the market by GPA, a Chicago paper company, Ultra Green paper is 100% tree free.

Clean coal for the future?
September 11, 2008 09:11 AM - Reuters

What's billed as the world's first coal-fired power station to capture and store environmentally harmful carbon dioxide emissions opens in eastern Germany.

From Mules to Biofuels
September 8, 2008 10:00 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Farmers and policymakers are wrestling with two main concerns when it comes to ethanol production: the effect of ethanol demand on food prices, and changes in land use that are detrimental to the environment. While families were sharing corn at backyard barbecues this summer, both issues perked up ears across the globe.

Tracking down the menace in Mexico City smog
September 8, 2008 09:11 AM - DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new report by scientists who are part of the international MILAGRO Campaign indicates that some of the most harmful air pollution in Mexico City may not come from motor vehicles but instead originates with industrial sources — and that the culprit may be garbage incineration.

Bottled Water Demand May Be Declining
September 8, 2008 09:04 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The U.S. bottled water market is slowing down after years of steady growth, suggesting that international awareness campaigns may be curbing consumer demand. While bottled water continues to expand in global popularity, the U.S. market is expected to grow 6.7 percent this year, the smallest increase this decade, according to data collected by the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

L.A. residents ferret out toxic sites for researchers
September 7, 2008 08:55 AM - LA Times

Marcela Herrera wiped sweat from her nose as the screeching sound of a saw cutting lumber mixed with mariachi music blaring from a house across the street. Clipboard in hand, Herrera jotted down addresses in this Pacoima neighborhood where lumber, steel, ironworks and heavy equipment rental shops operate near homes.

Solar Powered System Helps Reduce Ship's Emissions - Innovation on the High Seas
September 6, 2008 10:33 AM - , Triple Pundit

Japan’s largest shipping line, Nippon Yusen KK, has teamed with Nippon Oil Corporation in developing a system of solar panels capable of generating 40 kilowatts of electricity for use on a 60,000 ton cargo ship for Toyota Motor Corporation. Unlike the solar panels soon to be offered on the tops of the Toyota Priusthat I wrote about last week, these panels are designed to assist with the ship’s motive power.

Failing grades for carbon emitters down under
September 6, 2008 10:27 AM - WWF

Some major Australian power generators are doing next to nothing to prepare for a low-carbon future, according to a new report from WWF-Australia. The 2008 WWF-Australia Power Generators Carbon Future Score Card assessed 19 of Australia’s power firms on the work they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions and around half were awarded two stars or less out of a possible five.

Trucking firms line up for ports' clean-air programs
September 6, 2008 10:25 AM - LA Times

Following weeks of worry about whether they could meet their own deadlines, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials said Friday that they were closing in on having enough trucking companies lined up to get their clean-air programs off the ground in October.

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