Pollution

China closes 253 coal-power generators
October 9, 2007 04:03 PM -

Beijing, China - China shut down 253 small coal-fired generating units in the first nine months this year amid nationwide efforts to save energy and reduce emissions, the country's top planning body announced on Monday.

The move, involving a combined capacity of 9.03 million kilowatts, indicated China had completed 90 percent of this year's goal of eliminating outmoded capacity of 10 million kilowatts, said the National Development and Reform Commission in a statement posted on its website.

U.S. parents want safer toys, but will cost them
October 9, 2007 03:59 PM - Justin Grant, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The recent flurry of toy recalls because of lead-paint contamination and other safety issues will ultimately cost worried parents more than just lost peace of mind.

It could also cost them in the check-out line.

Since June -- when RC2 Corp recalled 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden trains when it was discovered they may have contained excessive amounts of lead paint -- many toy makers have passed along the costs of increased random factory inspections and extra layers of product testing in an effort to beat back industrial malpractice.

Greenpeace sends message to UK's PM
October 9, 2007 10:32 AM -

LONDON (Reuters) - Five fit environmental protestors climbed one of Britain's biggest chimneys on Monday to send a message to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown but only managed to daub his first name on the stack before being ordered down.

Greenpeace campaigners stopped the conveyor belts feeding coal into the Kingsnorth power plant in Kent on Monday in an attempt to shut the power station, while a handful of others set off up the ladder scaling the power station's 200-metre chimney to paint "Gordon Bin It" as they abseiled down.

Clean air settlement to cost AEP over $4.6 billion
October 9, 2007 10:03 AM -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It will cost giant utility American Electric Power more than $4.6 billion to comply with a settlement with the U.S. government to reduce harmful air pollution from 16 coal-burning power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

In what the EPA called the single biggest environmental enforcement settlement in U.S. history, Ohio-based AEP agreed to end an 8-year lawsuit brought by the federal government.

Steel Makers to Collect Global Climate Data
October 9, 2007 07:28 AM - Reuters

BERLIN - The world steel industry has agreed to a global approach on climate change with voluntary collection of pollution data, world industry body International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) said on Tuesday. "This involves the collection and reporting of carbon dioxide emissions data by steel plants in all the major steel producing countries," the association said at a news conference at the IISI annual steel congress in Berlin.

China Cty Bans Cars Over Holiday, Lauds Results
October 9, 2007 07:25 AM - Reuters

AEP says Settles Long-Running U.S. Acid Rain Suit
October 9, 2007 07:17 AM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES - U.S. power generator American Electric Power has settled an eight-year legal battle over acid rain with the U.S. government and other plaintiffs, but the agreement will not change the company's 2007 earnings, a spokesman said on Monday.  It agreed to pay $15 million in civil penalties and $60 million in pollution cleanup costs to end the long-running dispute about whether AEP illegally modified power plants and spewed acid rain producing chemicals across the northeastern United States

France unlikely to meet CO2 emissions target: report
October 8, 2007 04:54 PM - Reuters

The report into French energy perspectives up to 2050, due to be published this week, will say the best that can be expected is a reduction by 2.1 or 2.4 times, La Tribune said in an article from its Tuesday edition issued ahead of publication.

The report comes shortly before a major meeting of representatives from government, industry, environmental associations, agriculture and the public later this month.

Futuristic car makes reversing obsolete
October 8, 2007 02:42 PM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - For all those drivers that hate parallel parking and anything else that requires the reverse gear, Nissan could one day have the car for you.

The leading Japanese carmaker recently unveiled the Pivo 2, a battery-powered concept car with a fully rotating cabin that makes going backwards obsolete, since the driver can turn to face the direction they need to go.

Its wheels also turn 90 degrees, making parking easier.

"With this easy-to-handle car, you can feel comfortable while driving," said Masahiko Tabe, senior manager of the advanced vehicle development group at Nissan Motors.

Panasonic to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 300,000 Tons Over Three Years
October 8, 2007 10:50 AM - Panasonic PR

Tokyo, Japan, - Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced its renewed commitment to climate change by adding ecological goals to its "GP3" three-year business plan that completes March 2010. The company also presented its "Panasonic Eco Ideas Declaration" identifying the three initiatives on which its environmental management activities focus.  In its pursuit of global excellence, Panasonic launched the GP3 plan in April 2007, setting goals and milestones such as achieving steady growth with profitability. The company has now added a new challenge in the ecological field to the GP3 plan - reduction of environmental burden in all areas of its business activities. Panasonic will strive to fulfill this ecological responsibility while realizing profitable growth.

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