Pollution

Germany to outline laws on reducing CO2: report
December 4, 2007 06:17 AM - Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will outline legislation this week on its plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, a German newspaper said on Tuesday.

Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel is due to present the government's energy and climate program on Wednesday after approval by the cabinet, including what laws will be needed to enable it to reach the ambitious target.

EU leaders plan to hitch rides to cut emissions
December 4, 2007 06:06 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU prime ministers and officials plan to share travel arrangements when flying to Lisbon to sign a new treaty and then to Brussels for a summit next week, following criticism from environmentalists.

Portugal has insisted the long-awaited treaty to reform the EU's institutions be signed on its soil on December 13, even though it means leaders will have to fly there and then on to Brussels the next day.

U.S., China to sign import safety pacts: HHS' Leavitt
December 3, 2007 02:10 PM - Doug Palmer, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects to sign of pair of agreements with China next week to ensure that food, animal feed, drugs and medical devices that the country exports to the United States meet U.S. safety standards, a top Bush administration official said on Monday.

Sens. Kerry, Boxer and Feinstein call on FDA to Establish Maximum Level for Lead in Lipstick
December 3, 2007 11:02 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Senators John Kerry, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are urging the Food and Drug Administration to test a wide range of lipstick brands for the presence of lead, to publicly report their results, and to limit lead in lipstick and other cosmetics products to "the lowest detectable levels found in laboratory tests."  The action by three U.S. Senators comes on the heels of a report last month by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which found lead in 61 percent of 33 lipsticks tested. Levels ranged from 0.02 to 0.65 parts per million.

New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program
December 3, 2007 08:43 AM - , Green Progress

Cherry Hill - NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.

"Naughty" nations in a coal lot of trouble in Bali
December 3, 2007 07:35 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - It's not easy being green. Particularly if you are big polluters Saudi Arabia, the United States and Canada. All three earned the first "Fossil of the Day Awards" at U.N.-led climate change talks in Bali on Monday, with each receiving a little sack of coal adorned with their national flags at a mock award ceremony filled with boos and laughter.

The awards, a daily feature of annual Kyoto Protocol gatherings, are presented by youth delegations from around the world to heap scorn on nations accused of having less-than-green views.

Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions
December 3, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia has planted millions of trees to soak up an estimated 50,000 tons of greenhouse gases to be emitted during U.N.-led climate talks in Bali, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said on Monday.

More than 10,000 politicians, officials, activists and journalists are expected to attend the December 3-14 talks on the tropical resort island. Delegates will discuss ways to widen a U.N.-led fight against global warming to all nations.

U.S. says seeks new climate deal, rejects Kyoto
December 3, 2007 04:41 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it would seek a new global deal to fight climate change after Australia's move to ratify the Kyoto Protocol isolated it as the only developed nation outside the current U.N. pact.

"We're not here to be a roadblock," U.S. delegation leader Harlan Watson said on the opening day of a December 3-14 meeting of almost 190 nations in Bali, Indonesia, seeking to agree a roadmap to work out a successor to Kyoto which runs to 2012.

Australia steals show at Bali climate talks
December 3, 2007 03:42 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia won an ovation at the start of U.N.-led climate change talks in Bali on Monday by agreeing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, isolating the United States as the only developed nation outside the pact.

Asian stock rally pauses after Oil slides
December 2, 2007 09:43 PM - Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil bounced back above $89 a barrel on Monday, steadying from last week's near $10 slide, but Asian stock markets took a breather after posting their best weekly gain in more than three months.

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