Tackling Qingdao's invading algae
July 3, 2008 09:48 AM - BBC News
Young recruits from the People's Liberation Army threw off their shoes and stood knee-deep in the thick green algae that has overwhelmed the Qingdao coastline. Locals say the algae has never been so thick here - agricultural and industrial pollution are thought to be responsible.
Judge: Reduce CO2 Or Don't Build Coal Plant
July 1, 2008 10:49 AM - TheDailyGreen
In a ruling believed to be unprecedented, a Georgia judge halted the construction of Dynegy's Longleaf coal-fired power plant because it had not made provisions for reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most widely implicated in man-made global warming. The judge ruled that the plant must limit its pollution, according to the Sierra Club, which has been waging a campaign against Dynegy, an energy company with plans to build more coal-fired power plants than any other.
Recycling CFLs is Finally Easy to Do!
June 30, 2008 08:46 AM - , Big Green Purse
If you like the idea of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs but worry about the mercury they contain, now you can worry a lot less. The Home Depot is selling bulbs that have cut the amount of mercury most bulbs contain in half. And when youâ€™re finished with the bulbs, you can recycle them â€“ along with any other CFLs you have â€“ at any of the companyâ€™s 1,973 stores.
Coming Clean: Struggle over Label Fraud in Organic Body Care Products
June 30, 2008 08:14 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
The I-Team investigates non-food organic products being sold in stores. Both "100% natural" and "Pure and Organic" sound great for the consumer and safe for the environment but exactly what kind of products have consumers been using?
Solar Water Heaters Now Mandatory In Hawaii
June 30, 2008 08:11 AM - , MetaEfficient
Hawaii has become the first state to require solar water heaters in new homes. The bill was signed into law by Governor Linda Lingle, a Republican. It requires the energy-saving systems in homes starting in 2010. It prohibits issuing building permits for single-family homes that do not have solar water heaters.
G8 may invest billions to cut CO2
June 30, 2008 07:56 AM - Reuters
The Group of Eight wealthy nations are looking at investing more than $10 billion a year to support new technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, including carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), a Japanese daily reported on Sunday. A draft statement on economic issue is being considered for release at the July 7-9 summit of G8 leaders in Hokkaido, northern Japan, the business daily Nikkei said.
China Watch: Plastic Bag Ban Trumps Market and Consumer Efforts
June 30, 2008 07:48 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
China's recent plastic bag ban has been immediately accepted by consumers. In a country where billions of plastic bags are used each day, the government's top-down policy move will likely benefit the country's environment and energy security well before market forces or consumer-led efforts are able to achieve similar impact.
Brown researchers create mercury-absorbent container linings for broken CFLs
June 27, 2008 10:11 AM - Brown University
With rising energy prices and greater concern over global warming, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are having a successful run. Sales of the curlicue, energy-sipping bulbs, which previously had languished since they were introduced in the United States in 1979, reached nearly 300 million last year. Experts expect that figure to rise steeply by 2012, when a federal law requiring energy-efficient lighting goes into effect.
U.S. Ecosystem Report Indicates Trouble
June 27, 2008 09:40 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
Years of industrial and agricultural growth have left an indelible imprint on many formerly vibrant U.S. ecosystems. While nature is adept at resilience, the depletion and contamination of natural resources, especially water, may affect human health and wellbeing, a new report suggests.
EU reaches landmark deal to cap airline emissions
June 27, 2008 09:29 AM - International Herald Tribune
The European Union reached a landmark agreement Thursday to cap emissions from aircraft, raising the stakes in an increasingly ferocious battle with the United States over how to regulate global greenhouse gases.