New EPA Clean Air Standards Show Why Consumer Action is so Critical
March 14, 2008 09:28 AM - , Big Green Purse
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - the federal guardian of clean air - has issued new standards to control smog that scientists and environmental organizations are criticizing for not going far enough. EPA's action offers a stark reminder that, in the absence of meaningful regulations, consumer action is critical if we're going to reduce air pollution now and in the future.
Britain dismisses Japan climate change plan
March 14, 2008 08:13 AM - Reuters
MAKUHARI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan wants major emitters to fight climate change by targeting efficiency of industries, a trade ministry official said on Friday, but Britain dismissed it as the wrong approach. Japan is hosting a three-day meeting of 20 of the world's top greenhouse gas polluters and believes sectoral curbs on major polluting industries such as cement makers and power generators can rein in growing carbon dioxide emissions.
Britain's Blair takes on climate change
March 14, 2008 07:51 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has already taken on an international role as a Middle East envoy, is now tackling climate change with a plan for the world to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Blair traveled to Tokyo on Friday to unveil a climate change initiative and said on his Web site he will go to China and India in the next week to discuss his proposals with the world's two largest developing economies.
Greenhouse funds gloom hangs over G20 talks
March 14, 2008 03:43 AM - Reuters
MAKUHARI, Japan (Reuters) - Rich nations must come up with billions in new money to help poor countries fight global warming and not just repackage development aid to score diplomatic points, environmentalists at a meeting of top polluters said on Friday. The three-day Japan meeting gathers 20 of the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases and includes rich nations the United States and other G8 states as well as rapidly developing China, India and Brazil.
China/EU alliance 'could be key to low-carbon energy'
March 13, 2008 09:31 AM - , SciDevNet
[BEIJING] China and the European Union (EU) can significantly advance low-carbon technologies if they cooperate closely on technological development and market access, according to a new report. 'Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe', outlines common challenges faced by the China and the EU in dealing with the impact of climate change on energy security — despite differences in their economic development.
Norwegian watchdog raps StatoilHydro for spill
March 13, 2008 07:06 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's oil safety authority found "serious deficiencies" behind a December oil spill at StatoilHydro's Statfjord field in the North Sea and ordered the company to make improvements, the watchdog said on Thursday. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) also said: "No damage to the marine environment has so far been identified as a result of the spill."
China's emissions seen rising faster than thought
March 13, 2008 04:21 AM - Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is producing far more carbon dioxide than previous estimates and this will frustrate global aims to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases, a group of U.S. economists said. China is the world's second-largest emitter of CO2 and some studies suggest it might already have overtaken the United States last year. The report could add to calls for China to sign up to binding cuts, something it has refused to do.
Toughened ozone rule falls short of recommendation
March 13, 2008 12:55 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency toughened standards for ozone pollution on Wednesday, but these new requirements are more lax than the agency's own scientists recommended. Stephen Johnson, the agency's chief, said he complied with the Clean Air Act and with scientific data in setting the new ozone standard at 75 parts per billion in ambient air in the United States. The previous standard was 80 parts per billion.
THE U.S. OF SOLAR POWER — OUR CARS TOO.
March 12, 2008 11:13 PM - , Private Landowner Network
Technologically we could build solar power plants so expansive, covering such a large area, that they could be seen from space. But we don’t have to. We could plaster the world’s deserts with solar photovoltaic or concentrated solar thermal power plants to provide many times the amount of power needed to run the world’s economies. But we don’t have to turn the world’s deserts into energy-generating industrial sites. Large scale solar power plants can be built anywhere where sun-drenched real estate is affordable.
Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.