South Korea's worst oil spill blackens coast
December 8, 2007 05:35 AM - Reuters
TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean workers using skimmers and containment fences battled on Saturday to clean up the worst oil spill in the country's history, as the slick washed ashore near a nature preserve on the west coast.
Parts of about 17 kms (11 miles) of coastline about 100 km southwest of Seoul have already been blackened by oil, the coast guard said. More of the spill is expected on Sunday to hit the area that has marine farms and oyster beds.
U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition
December 7, 2007 09:08 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.
Jet-setting hockey players aim to slash emissions
December 7, 2007 05:18 PM - Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - With 30 teams crisscrossing North America throughout the 82-game season, the National Hockey League takes its toll on the environment.
Emissions cap for poor unlikely at Bali talks
December 7, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The chance that developing countries would accept firm emissions-cutting targets receded on Friday, as U.N.-led talks to launch negotiations on a climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol inched forward.
China chemical plant reaps "green" U.N. profit
December 7, 2007 09:48 AM - Reuters
CHANGSHU, China (Reuters) - 3F is one of China's top chemical firms with a plant outside the city of Changshu, which translates as constant harvest, that sends ingredients for everything from aerosols to fire-extinguishers around the world.
But the financial harvest the plant is reaping from its smallest, shiniest unit comes not from making a chemical, but destroying one.
Barroso seeks to end EU row over car emissions
December 7, 2007 09:37 AM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has stepped in to try to resolve a row between industry and environment commissioners over fining carmakers who fail to meet EU pollution limits.
Amid fierce lobbying, the European Union executive is due to adopt regulations on December 19 on how to enforce an average limit of 120 grams per km in carbon dioxide emissions by 2012 -- part of the bloc's ambitious strategy to combat climate change.
New Battery-Electric Vehicles Entering the U.S. Market
December 7, 2007 09:21 AM - Shannon Arvizu, Triple Pundit
At this week's International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, California, several exciting all-battery electric vehicles were on display. These vehicles have already been successfully introduced into the European market and are now available to American consumers. If you are looking for ways to reduce your corporate carbon output, it is worthwhile to invest in electric vehicles because they are currently our cleanest form of transportation.
For Heavy-Load Local Deliveries: Consider Smith's Edison (3.5 ton, 1338 kg payload, 150-mile range) or Smith's Newton (7.5 ton, 3400 kg payload, 130-mile range). These trucks are currently in use by DHL and Starbucks in Europe.
Football field-sized kite powers latest heavy freight ship
December 7, 2007 09:12 AM -
A kite the size of a football field will provide most of the power for a German heavy freight ship set to launch in December.
The Beluga shipping company that owns the 140-metre 'Beluga' said it expects the kites to decrease fuel consumption by up to 50 percent in optimal cases as well as a cutback of the emission of greenhouse gases on sea by 10 to 20 percent. Interestingly, the ship will be hauling windmills from Esbjerg, Denmark to Houston, Texas.
The company that makes the kite for the German transport, SkySails, has made kites for large yachts but is targeting commercial ships with new, larger kites. And it has the ambitious goal of equipping 1,500 ships with kites by 2015.
The SkySails system
'Hellish' Hot Springs Yield Greenhouse Gas-eating Bug
December 7, 2007 08:54 AM - University of Calgary
A new species of bacteria discovered living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth could yield a tool in the fight against global warming.
In a paper published on Dec. 6 in the prestigious science journal Nature, U of C biology professor Peter Dunfield and colleagues describe the methane-eating microorganism they found in the geothermal field known as Hell’s Gate, near the city of Rotorua in New Zealand. It is the hardiest “methanotrophic” bacterium yet discovered, which makes it a likely candidate for use in reducing methane gas emissions from landfills, mines, industrial wastes, geothermal power plants and other sources.
Combustion of waste may reduce greenhouse gas emissions
December 7, 2007 08:46 AM - VIT
A joint research project of VTT and Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) has proved that development of waste management is a cost-efficient means to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. Considerable reductions can be achieved by combustion of waste and by collecting methane from landfills. The collected methane can either be used directly in energy production or flared off, i.e. eliminated through combustion without energy production.
Landfills are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions, mostly because of methane. Compared with carbon dioxide, methane is a twenty times stronger greenhouse gas, and landfills originate 4 % of the anthropogenic emissions. To reduce the emissions, the greenhouse gases generated in landfills should be collected, and biodegradable waste should be treated by other methods than landfilling.