Britons top table of carbon emissions from planes
October 10, 2007 09:53 AM - Reuters
Britons are the world's worst offenders when it comes to carbon emissions from air travel, according to figures published on Wednesday by market research company Global TGI.Not only are Britain's average air emissions per adult the highest out of the 20 countries covered at 603 kg per year, they are also a third higher than second-placed Ireland's 434 kg and more than double the 275 kg from third-placed Americans.
Anheuser Busch Using Genetically Engineered Rice in Beer: Greenpeace
October 9, 2007 05:24 PM -
Washington, United States — Greenpeace released the results of analyses showing the presence of an experimental genetically engineered (GE) strain of rice at an Anheuser-Busch operated mill in Arkansas that is used to brew Budweiser. An independent laboratory test, commissioned by Greenpeace, detected the presence of GE rice (Bayer LL601) in three out of four samples taken at the mill.Bayer LL601 rice was the source of the 2006 contamination of at least 30 percent of rice stocks in the United States. The GE contamination had a massive negative economic impact on the U.S. rice industry as many countries subsequently stopped or significantly restricted the import of U.S. rice.
National Mall To Test "Green" Lawn Care
October 9, 2007 04:57 PM -
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attempting to prove to the nation that organic lawn care techniques are safe and effective, one of the highest profile lawns in the world is about to try a massive 'green' makeover.
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