Pollution

Polish energy sector to be hit hardest by CO2 quota
December 6, 2007 02:23 PM - Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Energy will be among the sectors that bear the brunt of the European Union's decision to cut by 27 percent Poland's 2008-2012 carbon emissions quota, the environment minister said on Thursday.

The European Commission cut the annual quota for central Europe's biggest economy to 208.5 million tonnes as part of its attempts to shore up the emissions trading scheme, the EU's key tool to curb global warming.

Making Gold the Greener Way
December 6, 2007 10:16 AM - Sarah Niman -The Canadian Press

A Yukon company is slated to be the world's first recognized producer of eco-gold.

Mammoth Tusk Gold Inc. is joining the trend of using socially and environmentally sound gold-mining procedures to produce what is known as eco-gold, and is the first to provide government-supported certification. But there is no internationally recognized certification process for eco-gold.

What's next for Australia as it joins Kyoto?
December 6, 2007 09:54 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Within seconds of being sworn in, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed documents to bring Australia into the Kyoto Protocol.

"This is the first official act of the new Australian government," he said.

Polluting Pulp Mill Draws Protest and Spurs World Court Case
December 6, 2007 09:17 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Environmentalists from Argentina are continuing their more than two-year protest of an Uruguayan pulp mill along a river that separates the two countries. Protesters say the cellulose processing plant, which went into operation on November 9, will release pollutants into the Uruguay River and threaten local ecosystems and human health. Argentine authorities claim that the mill violates a bilateral treaty and have taken the issue to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Communities Across the Globe Getting to Grips with Adapting to Climate Change
December 6, 2007 09:13 AM - UNEP

Bali/Nairobi, 4 December 2007 - The way farmers in the Sudan, flood-prone communities in Argentina and dengue-challenged islands in the Caribbean are beginning to adapt to climate change are distilled in a new report launched today.

The five-year Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change provides new and inspiring examples of how vulnerable communities and countries may 'climate proof' economies in the years and decades to come.

Stop the Vote! Can a Cap-and-Trade System Really Work to Reduce Emissions in the U.S.?
December 6, 2007 09:04 AM - , Triple Pundit

In theory, a U.S. Federal Cap-and-Trade System provides market incentives to lower our nations's carbon emissions. That is why the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is seriously considering adopting the Warner-Lieberman Bill this week (albeit with currently over 150 amendments). But the E.U. experience with a Cap-and-Trade market shows that carbon emissions have increased under this policy.

Dam the Red Sea and release gigawatts
December 6, 2007 08:39 AM - Inderscience Publishers

50 gigawatts of electrical power could be released by damming the Red Sea

Damming the Red Sea could solve the growing energy demands of millions of people in the Middle East and alleviate some of the region's tensions pertaining to oil supplies through hydroelectric power. Equally, such a massive engineering project may cause untold ecological harm and displace countless people from their homes.

EU to announce Slovakia CO2 decision Friday
December 6, 2007 06:11 AM - Reuters

The decision will be announced at 1100 GMT (6:00 a.m. ET), the European Union executive said in a statement on Thursday.

China invites rare public debate on chemical plant
December 6, 2007 03:17 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Xiamen has sought public comment on the future of a planned chemical plant in a rare invitation that comes months after mass demonstrations against the project.

China has been struggling to control environmental pollution, a consequence of decades of unchecked economic growth, not only to curb degradation and reduce resource waste, but also because pollution has become a trigger for social unrest.

Portugal backs 100 pct auctioning for power sector
December 6, 2007 03:16 AM - Reuters

The European Union's carbon trading scheme allocates emissions permits to heavy industrial sectors such as metals, paper and power generators, and is the bloc's main weapon against climate change.

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