Pollution

China wants Bali talks to back technology fund
December 5, 2007 06:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants rich economies to back a fund to speed the spread of greenhouse gas-cutting technology in poor nations as it seeks to persuade delegates at global warming talks the focus of responsibility belongs on the West.

At talks in Bali to start crafting an international agreement to fight climate change after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, some rich countries have said a new pact must spell out greenhouse gas goals for all big emitters.

Monsanto joins carbon credit trading group
December 4, 2007 01:48 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Monsanto Co said on Tuesday it joined the Chicago Climate Exchange, a carbon-dioxide credit trading group, and agreed to reduce its emissions of the gas or buy emission offsets.

Energy Deals Enables New Boston Hotel to Go Green
December 4, 2007 12:29 PM -

WALTHAM, Mass. - Boston's Hotel Indigo will soon receive a substantial portion of its electricity, space heat, swimming pool heat and domestic hot water directly from an on-site cogeneration facility, providing 100 kW and 732,000 btu's per hour of energy while offsetting up to 328 tons of CO2 gas each year.

New Fuel Cell: Using Pollution to create energy
December 4, 2007 09:55 AM - American Chemical Society

Scientists in Pennsylvania are reporting development of a fuel cell that uses pollution from coal and metal mines to generate electricity, solving a serious environmental problem while providing a new source of energy. They describe successful tests of a laboratory-scale version of the device in a new study.

Rising food prices threaten world's poor people
December 4, 2007 08:11 AM - CGIAR

Beijing—Income growth, climate change, high energy prices, globalization, and urbanization are all converging to transform food production, markets, and consumption, according to a new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). As a result, global food demand and prices are likely to rise, threatening the livelihoods and nutrition of poor people in developing countries. The report, “The World Food Situation: New Driving Forces and Required Actions,” was released today at the annual general meeting of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Germany to outline laws on reducing CO2: report
December 4, 2007 06:17 AM - Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will outline legislation this week on its plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, a German newspaper said on Tuesday.

Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel is due to present the government's energy and climate program on Wednesday after approval by the cabinet, including what laws will be needed to enable it to reach the ambitious target.

EU leaders plan to hitch rides to cut emissions
December 4, 2007 06:06 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU prime ministers and officials plan to share travel arrangements when flying to Lisbon to sign a new treaty and then to Brussels for a summit next week, following criticism from environmentalists.

Portugal has insisted the long-awaited treaty to reform the EU's institutions be signed on its soil on December 13, even though it means leaders will have to fly there and then on to Brussels the next day.

U.S., China to sign import safety pacts: HHS' Leavitt
December 3, 2007 02:10 PM - Doug Palmer, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects to sign of pair of agreements with China next week to ensure that food, animal feed, drugs and medical devices that the country exports to the United States meet U.S. safety standards, a top Bush administration official said on Monday.

Sens. Kerry, Boxer and Feinstein call on FDA to Establish Maximum Level for Lead in Lipstick
December 3, 2007 11:02 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Senators John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are urging the Food and Drug Administration to test a wide range of lipstick brands for the presence of lead, to publicly report their results, and to limit lead in lipstick and other cosmetics products to "the lowest detectable levels found in laboratory tests."  The action by three U.S. Senators comes on the heels of a report last month by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which found lead in 61 percent of 33 lipsticks tested. Levels ranged from 0.02 to 0.65 parts per million.

New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program
December 3, 2007 08:43 AM - , Green Progress

Cherry Hill - NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.

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