Oil puts Brazil on collision course with future
October 15, 2008 09:01 AM - japantimes.co.jp

Brazil is poised to take its place among the world's petro-powers. Estimates of its newfound oil reserves place it in eighth place among oil-producing nations, ahead of Nigeria as well as Brazil's rival for influence in Latin America, Venezuela. Such newfound wealth is normally a source of celebration.

China province looks abroad to clean up arsenic
October 14, 2008 08:55 AM - Reuters

A Chinese province is searching at home and abroad for experts to clean a lake once famous for its hot springs but now contaminated by arsenic, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

EU car loan call puts spotlight on CO2 costs
October 13, 2008 09:09 AM - Reuters

Reuters, 10 October 2008 - European car makers are probably using their call for 40 billion euros ($55 billion) of loans from the European Union to develop green vehicles as a lever to enter talks with the regulator regarding CO2 legislation, analysts say.

Japan sees big firms trading CO2 next year

Japan is looking to over 1,000 companies, including big firms, to join in a local over-the-counter market for carbon offsets that is being launched to spur voluntary efforts to cut emissions, a government official said. "We're expecting major companies which currently take part in the voluntary action plan to join in," Yasuo Takahashi, director at Ministry of the Environment's office of market mechanisms, said in an interview for Reuters' global environment summit.

Water seen as the new oil for U.S. Army
October 8, 2008 09:00 AM - Reuters

Soldiers, weapons, food and fuel are important but the U.S. Army absolutely cannot operate for long without water, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday. This simple fact is just as true for domestic bases as it is in "austere" forward installations in Iraq, said Tad Davis, the Army's deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health.

Starbucks Wastes Millions of Litres of Water a Day
October 7, 2008 09:26 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Environmental campaigners have attacked Starbucks after the discovery that millions of litres of water are wasted in its coffee shops every day, contradicting its much-boasted green credentials. An investigation by the Sun revealed that over 23.4m litres of water are poured down the drains of 10,000 outlets worldwide due to a policy of keeping a tap running non-stop.

Big emitters facing carbon limits

Sectoral industry agreements have received considerable attention for their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But developing countries remain wary. As talks between the 160 nations party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change grind towards a finale in Copenhagen in December 2009, many heavy industries are keeping a close watch on what emission reduction schemes will emerge from the discussions.

Houston taking on global warming
October 3, 2008 09:03 AM - chron.com

Houston, of all places, suddenly has a sweeping plan to fight global warming. America's energy capital is seeking to slash emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change under the plan, which city officials released with little fanfare days before Hurricane Ike.

California ports clean up polluting trucks
October 2, 2008 12:50 PM - Reuters

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest U.S. cargo complex, launched a landmark clean-air program on Wednesday banning some 2,000 older trucks blamed for half the pollution spewed by the ports' diesel haulers.

Small island states must lead by example
October 1, 2008 09:24 AM - , SciDevNet

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute less than 0.02 per cent to the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions but they are among the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. Many SIDS cannot cope with the consequences of rising sea levels and damage from more frequent storms, floods and stronger cyclones caused by global warming.

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