Oil palm plantations are no substitute for tropical rainforests, a new study shows
September 15, 2008 10:34 AM - Queen Mary, University of London

The continued expansion of oil palm plantations will worsen the dual environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, unless rainforests are better protected, warn scientists in the most comprehensive review of the subject to date.

Japan's carbon trade targets to be voluntary: report
September 15, 2008 10:11 AM - Reuters

Japanese companies taking part in a trial carbon trading system to be launched next month will work to voluntary reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, rather than mandatory ones, a newspaper reported on Monday.

China mulls green tax to curb pollution: report
September 15, 2008 09:20 AM - Reuters

China is studying whether to impose an environmental tax on polluters to cut their emissions, the official China Daily reported on Saturday.

Federal inquiry could delay clean-trucks program at ports of L.A. and Long Beach
September 13, 2008 09:16 AM - LA Times

The Federal Maritime Commission on Friday raised several questions about the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex's landmark clean-trucks program that appear likely to delay the plan's Oct. 1 start. The two ports, which make up the nation's busiest container cargo operation, received a voluminous set of questions about their plans to ban pre-1989 trucks in favor of newer, cleaner models. The agency could go to federal court to block implementation if it doesn't like the answers.

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.

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