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Disney to Test Toys Independently
September 10, 2007 07:54 AM - Associated Press
Following three high-profile recalls by Mattel Inc. this summer involving millions of Chinese-made, lead-tainted toys, The Walt Disney Company will begin independently testing toys featuring its characters, company officials said.
EU Warns Carmakers: Fail CO2 Target, Get Fined
September 9, 2007 11:03 AM - Reuters
BERLIN (Reuters) - European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas warned in a newspaper interview on Sunday that carmakers will face sanctions if they fail to meet new rules on reducing emissions. Dimas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper before the international car show (IAA) in Frankfurt that carmakers will be punished if they fail to meet targets and dismissed complaints from carmakers that the targets are unrealistic.
Australia, Indonesia back Kalimantan forest plan
September 9, 2007 08:26 AM - Reuters
Australia and Indonesia on Sunday signed a deal that aims to preserve 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of peat forest in Indonesia's Kalimantan region, re-flood 200,000 hectares of dried peat land and plant up to 100 million trees.
Philips Introduces Lower Mercury Fluorescent Lamps
September 8, 2007 06:35 PM - , BuildingGreen
Philips Lighting Company has announced a new line of T-8 fluorescent lamps using the company’s Alto II technology to replace its ten-year-old Alto technology.
Forest Chief Touts Ethanol to Power Cars
September 8, 2007 07:36 AM - John Heilprin -Associated Press
The U.S. Forest Service chief is proposing replacing 15 percent of the nation's gasoline with ethanol made from wood, while doubling the amount of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed by public and private forests. "These are ambitious goals, and they would take a concerted national effort to reach," Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell said in remarks prepared for a speech before the Society of Environmental Journalists Friday night in San Francisco.
Volunteers Help Monitor Nation's Rivers
September 8, 2007 07:08 AM - Associated Press
Day after day, Chauncey Moran leaves his backwoods cabin, packs his pickup with gear and embarks on a scientific mission: checking the health of the Yellow Dog River. Friends call the 62-year-old retiree "River Walker" for his devotion to the trout stream, which meanders through forests and sandy plains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and eventually feeds into Lake Superior.
California air board plans new regulations
September 8, 2007 07:05 AM - Leonard Anderson -Reuters
The California Air Resources Board said on Friday it would step up the pace of new regulations to fight global warming in the most populous U.S. state. The air board also added measures that go beyond the requirements of California's 2006 landmark law to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Acid rain has a disproportionate impact on coastal waters
September 8, 2007 06:58 AM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Research Suggests Sulfur, Nitrogen Emissions Play a Role in Changing Chemistry Near the CoastResearch suggests sulfur, nitrogen emissions play a role in changing chemistry near the coast The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agricultural activities plays a minor role in making the ocean more acidic on a global scale, but the impact is greatly amplified in the shallower waters of the coastal ocean, according to new research by atmospheric and marine chemists.
Global Rules Needed To Curb Ship Emissions
September 7, 2007 01:08 PM - Reuters
HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's shipping industry needs global regulations that are consistently enforced by the United Nations if it is to cut emissions, the chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping said on Friday. Public pressure is building for ship owners to curb air pollution and take part in markets in permits to emit sulfur and greenhouse gases. Shipping accounts for about 10 percent of world sulfur dioxide emissions, a cause of acid rain, and large amounts of toxic nitrous oxide and particulates such as soot.
Pipeline Co. Pleads Guilty, Pays $1 Million for Fish Kill in Kansas
September 7, 2007 08:17 AM - EPA
Mid-America Pipeline Company, pleaded guilty yesterday to negligently releasing 200,000 gallons of ammonia into a Kansas creek, requiring the evacuation of nearby residents and killing 25,000 fish. The company agreed to pay a $1 million criminal penalty.