Pollution

China Vows New Facelift for Pollution-Battered Buddha
November 7, 2007 09:01 AM - Reuters

BEIJING  - Chinese authorities will give a "facelift" to the world's tallest stone-carved Buddha just six years after the last repair effort as they struggle to fend off the effects of pollution and crowds, state media reported.

Carved out off a cliff beside a river, the 71-metre (233-ft) image of the seated Buddha at Leshan in the southwestern province of Sichuan is a magnet for tourists and the focus of local pride.

Vietnam Wants $15.6 bln to Tap Vast Bauxite Reserves
November 7, 2007 08:47 AM - Reuters

HANOI - Vietnam needs about $15.6 billion to invest in major bauxite and alumina refining projects by 2025, to make use of its vast, and largely unmined, bauxite ore reserves, the government said on Wednesday.

The country's bauxite ore reserves, the world's third-largest after Guinea and Australia, are estimated at about 5.5 billion tonnes, 62 percent of which is located in the central highland province of Dak Nong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in a government directive.

Radioactive Minerals Dumped in Congo: Authorities
November 7, 2007 08:32 AM - Reuters

KINSHASA  - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched an inquiry into the suspected dumping of 18 tonnes of highly radioactive minerals into a river in southeast Katanga province, officials said on Wednesday.

The minerals, including 17 tonnes of copper ore with a level of radioactivity 50 times the tolerable limit, were seized last month in the southern Katanga mining town of Likasi en route for export.

U.S. exchanges explore carbon trading
November 6, 2007 06:26 PM - By Anupreeta Das

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the biggest U.S. exchanges are eyeing a piece of the global carbon trading market, which is expected to double in size by 2012 from current levels as governments and industry step up efforts to reduce pollution.

The market for trading carbon emissions reached 22 billion euros ($32 billion) in 2006 and will cross 40 billion euros ($58 billion) by 2012, according to a report by Boston-based research firm Celent.

The Next Generation of Carbon Neutral Shipping ?
November 6, 2007 04:22 PM - Paul Schaefer

Denver, CO – Carbon neutral shipping has arrived. A Colorado company called Ship Green has launched an alternative that provides shoppers with tools to calculate and offset the carbon emissions created by each product shipped. The owners designed it they say to make it possible for customers to reduce the carbon footprint of each purchase. As businesses race to position themselves as leaders in the green economy. The new service targets both individuals and companies in the United States.

Growing List Of Cities Switching To LED Holiday Tree Lights
November 6, 2007 03:33 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Colorado Springs, CO - Old Colorado City, the national historic district of Colorado Springs, joins a growing list of cities switching to low energy tree lights. Colorado Springs will have a new LED look this year for its annual 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City' event.

The city's town managers decided to trade in their inefficient incandescent holiday lights for LED Christmas lights. "I read a lot about the benefits of LED holiday lighting online and we decided it was the economically and environmentally responsible thing to do," said Nancy Stovall, member of the Board of Directors of the Old Colorado City Associates and coordinator of the 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City" event.

Diesel fumes may increase heart attack, stroke threat
November 6, 2007 01:58 PM - By Will Dunham

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Inhaling diesel exhaust fumes causes changes in the body that may make people more prone to heart attack or stroke, researchers said on Tuesday.

European scientists found that blood clots are more likely to form in otherwise healthy people exposed to relatively high amounts of diesel engine exhaust for a short time. This could cause a blocked vessel, heart attack or stroke.

UN Environment Programme to Assess 300 Oil-Polluted Sites in Nigeria's Ogoniland
November 5, 2007 03:34 PM - UNEP

A comprehensive environmental assessment of oil-impacted sites in the Ogoni region of Nigeria's Niger Delta is to be launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

 

The move follows a request by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and forms part of the broader government-led peace and reconciliation process in Ogoniland. Local communities and partners will be supporting UNEP to undertake the evaluation.

Group to Create Rating System for Landscapes
November 5, 2007 12:22 PM - Allyson Wendt, ENN

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has been working with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas–Austin since 2005 to research environmentally friendly landscapes for building sites, parks, and public areas.

In 2006, the U.S. Botanic Garden joined the effort, and now the group is going public with its Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI), a project to develop guidelines by 2009 and a rating system for landscapes by 2012.

Australian town to run on solar power in 2 years
November 4, 2007 03:51 PM -

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A sun-drenched town in Australia's north hopes to use only solar power in two years after being chosen as the site for a solar thermal power station.

Remote Cloncurry, which boasts recording Australia's hottest day, would be able to generate electricity on rare cloudy days and at night from the station, which runs off heat stored in graphite blocks.

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