Tar sands - the new toxic investment
September 17, 2008 08:41 AM - Terry Macalister
Shell and BP have been warned by investors that their involvement in unconventional energy production such as Canada's oil sands could turn out to be the industry's equivalent of the sub-prime lending that poisoned the banking sector and triggered the current financial crisis.
States Aim to Cut Gases by Making Polluters Pay
September 16, 2008 09:03 AM - The New York Times
Ten states from Maryland to Maine are about to undertake the nationâ€™s most serious effort yet to tackle climate change, putting limits on carbon dioxide emissions from utilities and making them pay for each ton of pollutants.
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 youâ€™ll never become 100% paperless. Thatâ€™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.