Pollution

Mattel Recalls 800,000 Lead-Tainted Toys
September 5, 2007 08:15 AM - Anne D'Innocenzio- Associated Press

Mattel Inc.'s reputation took another hit after the world's largest toy maker announced a third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month because of excessive amounts of lead paint. The latest action, which involved about 800,000 toys and which was announced late Tuesday, is yet another blow to Mattel. The news, along with other recent recalls of tainted Chinese toys from other toy makers, could also make parents even more nervous about shopping for toys this holiday season.

Coke Launches Lighter Bottles That Use Less Plastic
September 5, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters

Coca-Cola Co said Tuesday it launched a new 20-ounce plastic bottle for its cola drinks that uses 5 percent less plastic, in a bid to please some critics of the beverage industry who claim its reliance on plastic aides global warming. The new bottles for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, which also have ridges to make it easier to grip, will be available nationwide by early next year, the Atlanta-based drink maker said.

Conservationists: Australia Kyoto Failure $3.8 Billion Dollar Mistake
September 5, 2007 07:49 AM - Associated Press

The Australian government's failure to ratify the Kyoto protocol is costing the nation $3.8 billion a year in lost investment opportunities, according to a study released by the Australian Conservation Foundation. Under Kyoto, mechanisms have been set up that allow companies to receive carbon credits for investing in low-emission and renewable energy projects, and sell them.

Project Underway To Develop Technology To Detect Human Exposure To Environmental Toxins
September 4, 2007 07:38 PM - UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley - Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have received a $4.7 million grant to develop cutting edge methods for detecting diseases in humans exposed to environmental contaminants.

Bank-Led Satellite Imagery Sheds More Light on Gas Flaring Pollution
September 4, 2007 08:24 AM - Worldbank

From more than 400 miles in space, the World Bank is pinpointing the true extent of one of the planet’s major environmental problems — gas flaring. The problem isn’t new. Gas flaring — a byproduct of petroleum production that spews about 400 millions of tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere — has been going on for decades. But new satellite imagery, commissioned by the Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction public-private partnership, is showing that some countries are burning off more gas than what was initially reported.

WWF Says Asia-Pacific Coal Rush Worsens Global Warming
September 4, 2007 08:11 AM - Reuters

Growing dependence on cheap coal to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is blamed for harmful changes in the world's climate, experts said on Tuesday. Between 2001 and 2006, coal use around the world grew by an unprecedented 30 percent. Asia, led by China, accounted for almost 90 percent of the growth, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said at the launch of a climate change report in Sydney.

Viruses in Water: The Imaginative In Pursuit of the Fugitive
September 4, 2007 07:55 AM - Society for General Microbiology

Water-borne enteric viruses are probably not the first microorganisms which spring to mind when thinking of polluted water. Cholera, typhoid and cryptosporidiosis are more prominent in the public mind, though viruses are likely to have been the cause of many outbreaks of water-borne disease. The difficulty has, until comparatively recently, been proving the link between the water and the sick person.

N.Korea Agrees To Disable Nuclear Program In 2007
September 2, 2007 03:29 PM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

GENEVA - North Korea agreed in weekend talks with the United States to fully account for and disable its nuclear programs by the end of this year, negotiators said on Sunday. "We had very good, very substantive talks," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill told reporters. "One thing that we agreed on is that (North Korea) will provide a full declaration of all of their nuclear programs and will disable their nuclear programs by the end of this year, 2007."

Hyundai to Unveil Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
September 1, 2007 01:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Corporation will unveil the i-Blue Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 13. The all-new i-Blue platform is tailored to incorporate Hyundai's third-generation fuel cell technology, currently being developed at Hyundai's Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea.

Biosensors To Probe The Metals Menace
September 1, 2007 12:06 PM - CRC CARE

If the pond life goes star-shaped, you’d be wise not to drink the water. Researchers from CRC CARE are pioneering a world-first technology to warn people if their local water or air is contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals and metal-like substances.

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