Pollution

Kyoto backers can exceed 2012 climate goals: U.N.
November 20, 2007 05:33 AM - Reuters

But it cautioned that emissions had risen since 2000 in many nations -- especially in former Soviet bloc countries where economies were picking up after the collapse of smokestack industries in the early 1990s.

U.N. to promote self-reliance in Chernobyl area
November 19, 2007 06:52 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.N. efforts to help people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster two decades ago should focus on rebuilding self-reliance instead of treating them as victims, a U.N. official said on Monday.

Turkey to reduce sulphur in diesel from Jan 1
November 19, 2007 12:20 PM - Reuters

Turkey's energy markets regulator will change diesel sulphur levels for fuel for tractors to contain 1,000 parts per million from current levels of 2,000 ppm, he said.

New carbon offset standard aims for transparency
November 19, 2007 11:55 AM - Reuters

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), one of several sets of international guidelines introduced recently, aims to certify the validity of voluntary offsets, or VERs, bought by consumers and corporations seeking to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, or 'carbon footprint'.

UK must aim for near carbon-free power by 2020: PM
November 19, 2007 11:19 AM - Reuters

"Virtually all electricity by 2020 (must be) from low carbon sources," Brown told a meeting of environmental activists and businessmen in London.

Compostable Cups, Plates and Cutlery Make Inroads
November 19, 2007 11:04 AM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

Clean Energy's Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery
November 19, 2007 08:18 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it. When it comes to energy conservation, "[b]y and large, the world ignores the biggest, single most cost-effective, most profitable thing to do, which is recycle the energy that we’re wasting,"says Thomas Casten, chairman of the Illinois-based company Recycled Energy Development (RED).

The Real Green Car of the Year Award 2008
November 17, 2007 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit

At the L.A. Auto Show this year, there were two separate award ceremonies for the Green Car of the Year 2008. Inside, at the "official" award ceremony, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was announced the winner. Outside, at an "unofficial" ceremony staged across the street, the Plug-In Toyota Prius Hybrid won the prize. So which is the greenest car of the two? The Chevy Tahoe gets 20 mpg. The Plug-In Toyota Prius gets 100 mpg.

Coal Creates Legacy for China’s Past, Future
November 16, 2007 08:26 AM - Julia Tier, Worldwatch Institute

Acid rain and air pollution, mainly from the burning of coal, have contributed to the degradation of more than 80 percent of China’s 33 designated World Heritage sites, according to the Associated Press. Across the nation, particulates from smokestacks have stained historic structures and statues black, including the 17-meter Leshan Giant Buddha, a sandstone landmark that has stood in Sichuan Province since the 7th century.

China pulls bank loans to 12 major polluters
November 16, 2007 08:15 AM -

Twelve polluting enterprises have had crucial bank loans recalled, suspended or rejected as China's new "green-credit policy" kicks into action, Friday's China Youth Daily said.

Decades of heavy industrialization have made water from some of China's lakes and rivers so polluted it is no longer usable, with untreated waste from factories and other enterprises pumped directly into water sources.

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