Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.

Lufthansa ups fuel surcharges on European flights
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters

Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa is raising surcharges on domestic and European tickets as the price of oil continues to soar. Travelers will pay an extra 17 euros each way from Thursday, up from 14 euros previously.

Gebrselassie misses marathon due to pollution
March 10, 2008 08:31 AM - Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie said on Monday he would not compete in the Olympic marathon because of fears that Beijing's air pollution would damage his health. The Ethiopian runner, who suffers from asthma, said he would still compete in the shorter 10,000 meters event in the August Games.

Warm winter curbs German CO2 pollution in 2007
March 10, 2008 07:48 AM - Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A warm winter cut demand for heating oil and gas sending German carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2007 down by 2.7 percent to almost 857 million tons, the federal environment agency UBA said on Monday. But it warned that the fall in pollution was no reason to lower the guard against climate-changing CO2 pollution.

China says will shift chemical plant after protests
March 7, 2008 03:25 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to shift a proposed chemical plant to another part of the eastern province of Fujian following mass demonstrations, officials said on Friday, defending the project against a new wave of protests. The plant to make paraxylene, or PX, a petrochemical used in polyester and fabrics, was originally intended for the Fujian seaside city of Xiamen, but was put on hold after protests last June brought thousands into the streets.

House bill lets California restrict car emissions
March 7, 2008 12:52 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to prevent California from limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions spewed by cars. The EPA last December turned down California's request for a waiver from federal law that would have permitted the state to cut vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, which when implemented would have likely have raised the required fuel efficiency of cars and also fought global warming.

Carbon group seeks to open U.S. to global offsets
March 6, 2008 03:42 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A greenhouse emissions business group hopes to shape U.S. climate change legislation to include broad use of international carbon offsets, like wind and solar power farms in developing countries, that are not currently in the leading climate bill. In a letter sent on Wednesday to Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, the International Emissions Trading Association, a carbon business group, said clean project offsets encourage developing countries to participate in international carbon markets, leading to "greater climate protection at lower cost."

Greenwash, Green Certification and Consumer Responsibility
March 5, 2008 09:19 AM - , Triple Pundit

Commenting on a recent “Countering Greenwash”¯ post, one insightful reader pointed out how ”¯green”¯ product certifications, such as the EPA-backed, Green Electronic Council’s EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) and the United Nations led StEP (Solving the E-Waste Program) - can be an excellent means of getting past the greenwash. I can only agree, depending of course, on the quality of the criteria and the rigor of any green product’s assessment.

Environmental safeguards affordable: OECD
March 5, 2008 08:36 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Tackling climate change, pollution and other environmental hazards is affordable and urgent action is needed to avoid irreversible damage, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday. "Climate change is mankind's most important long-term challenge," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria told Reuters after issuing a 520-page Environmental Outlook in Oslo.

Automakers hopeful for new CO2 limit deadline
March 5, 2008 08:33 AM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Car makers are becoming more optimistic that European authorities will grant them more time to meet proposed limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their vehicles -- a major point of contention between them. As part of an effort to cut emissions linked to global warming, the European Commission has drafted tough legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from cars, with steep fines on manufacturers that fail to comply.

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