Australia loves to recycle, but carbon a problem
February 7, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australians have become a nation of waste recyclers and water misers but continue to be among the world's highest per-person carbon emitters, a snapshot of the country found on Thursday. The worst drought in a century and concerns over global warming have prompted Australians to change their habits on recycling and water use, with 99 percent of homes recycling waste paper, plastic and glass, up from 91 percent a decade earlier.

Catholic bishop blasts Brazil on Amazon destruction
February 6, 2008 03:15 PM - Reuters

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A senior Roman Catholic bishop criticized Brazil's government on Wednesday for energy and agriculture policies that he said were destroying the Amazon forest and threatening the livelihood of local populations. "We cannot ignore deforestation by loggers who violate the country's laws and ... threaten tribal Indians and others who depend on (the Amazon)," said Bishop Guilherme Antonio Werlang in launching the church's annual Lent campaign to mobilize followers on issues of social concern.

Nigeria to curb imports of "toxic" old computers
February 6, 2008 02:16 PM - Reuters

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria plans to slap duties on old computers imported for spare parts because much of the excess material is later dumped and causes toxic waste, Information Minister John Odey said on Wednesday. Nigeria has a growing market for computers, especially affordable ones, and there is a strong local culture of patching things up to keep them working for many years.

Top Ten: Green Your Wardrobe
February 6, 2008 09:52 AM - , Big Green Purse

Buying clothes can consume a big chunk of your budget - especially if you have kids and teenagers. New clothes also take their toll on the planet, given how much water, pesticides and energy required to produce cotton, polyester and other fabrics (NOTE: 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides in the U.S. are used to grow cotton. It takes almost 1/3 of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt.) Meanwhile, "out of style" clothes can end up in the trash even though they still have a lot of life left in them.

Breeding misery: broiler chickens welfare a concern.
February 6, 2008 09:42 AM - ENN

The study found that at an average age of 40 days, over 27.6 per cent of birds showed poor locomotion and 3.3 per cent were almost unable to walk. The high prevalence of poor locomotion occurred despite culling policies designed to remove severely lame birds from flocks. Dr Knowles said: “Broiler chickens have been subjected to intense genetic selection. In the past 50 years, broiler growth rates have increased by over 300 per cent from 25 g per day to 100 g per day.

Chile innovation investment 'may hit US$200 million'
February 6, 2008 09:30 AM - , SciDevNet

The Chilean government is investing a record US$100 million in innovative projects this year. The figure is up from the US$73 million invested in 2007 thanks to an increase in a mining tax, which is expected to yield US$150 million in 2008. All tax proceeds will go into the two-year-old Fund for Innovation for Competitiveness, run by InnovaChile, the innovation department of the Ministry of the Economy.

Analysis: Stronger Regulation Needed to Improve Corporate Pollution Record in China
February 6, 2008 09:12 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The recent criticism of several foreign-owned companies by China’s top environmental authority has turned up the heat on multinational corporations (MNC) operating in the country. Earlier this month, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) followed up with 130 MNCs caught polluting since 2004 and exposed three persistent polluters, according to China Business News.

U.N. urges India to look at clean development scope
February 6, 2008 07:22 AM - Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, one of the world's worst polluters that faces catastrophic impacts from climate change, must identify areas in its booming economy where clean technology could be used, a top U.N. climate official said on Wednesday. Yvo de Boer, U.N. executive secretary on climate change, said India will have to reinvent growth without polluting heavily and for that it must immediately make more efficient use of energy.

Obesity Becoming World Crisis
February 5, 2008 10:05 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

It's already being called the next deadly global pandemic. Projected to be a bigger threat to life than AIDS and malaria combined, obesity is quickly becoming the world's most severe health-care crisis. As waistlines grow alarmingly, so do concerns over the impact an unhealthy population could have on everything from medicine to the economy.

How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?
February 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Raya Widenoja, Worldwatch Institute

The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.

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