China Combating Pollution by Paying People Not to Drive
January 13, 2009 08:15 AM - Triple Pundit

As Causecast.org recently reported, China is so desperate to get high-polluting cars off the roads of Beijing, the city government is willing to pay drivers $3,600 not to use their cars. This comes at an interesting time for China as it battles its impacts on the environment, and perhaps equally important, how the rest of the world views its response. As the entire world watched during the lead up to the Olympics, the country managed to make some positive strides, including acity-wide ban on cars one day a week based on license plate numbers, which according to the Chinese government greatly reduced city-wide pollution.

A bright future for clean technology in China
January 9, 2009 09:06 AM - Science and Development Network

Government policy, entrepreneurship and consumer awareness will accelerate clean technology innovation in China — and the future is bright for investors, says venture capitalist Gary Rieshel. Cleaner and more efficient technologies are needed in all China's industries.

Harvard’s ‘Hippo’ Jet Heads to Pole to Test CO2 Level
January 9, 2009 08:48 AM - Bloomberg.com

Harvard University is flying a specially equipped jet between the North Pole and South Pole to test the atmosphere for variations in global-warming gases, aiming to improve computer models for predicting climate change. A modified Gulfstream V took off today from Colorado bound for the Arctic as part of a three-year mission dubbed Hippo, said David Hosansky, a spokesman for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a collaborator in the Harvard-led project based in Boulder, Colorado. The plane will later turn south via New Zealand toward Antarctica.

A tale of two pollutants
January 8, 2009 08:23 AM - dailyclimate.org

LANSING, Mich. - After more than a decade of research, a team of scientists has found that by releasing one pollutant into the environment, we might help capture another. Findings from one of the National Science Foundation's longest-running studies show that adding nitrogen to soil prompts northern hardwood forests to absorb more heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Mayor wants to make city a bit more green
January 7, 2009 08:50 AM - ASH Institute

In her fourth stint as the leader of this East County city, Nancy Parent has several goals that she hopes to accomplish. Among those is encouraging a philosophy of green building on new projects in the city and looking at subtle green improvements when existing buildings are spruced up. "The whole going green is not a revolutionary concept. It just seems that now is a time we should be working on it," she said.

Carbon emissions are everyone's problem
January 6, 2009 08:28 AM - WBCSD

The Irish Times, January 5, 2009 Monday - CLIMATE CHANGE:A renewed commitment to lowering worldwide CO2 emissions means every individual and every country will need to review their responsibilities towards global warming, writes Frank McDonald THE COUNTDOWN to Copenhagen is under way - in just 11 months' time, more than 180 countries are expected to reach agreement on how to tackle global warming at the 15th UN Climate Change Conference.

How Green Is The White House?
January 5, 2009 08:58 AM - CNBC

The election of Barack Obama promises a new era of eco-awareness in the US, says Sarah Wachter These are heady times for environmentalists in America. The initial euphoria of Barack Obama’s White House win hasn’t worn off yet. They say he is the American president with the most clearly-enunciated environmental platform of any in recent memory. Even though the financial crisis has taken centre stage, environmentalists think that’s good news, too, since Obama is talking about creating millions of green jobs to kickstart the spluttering US economy.

Soot tops NASA's climate blacklist
January 5, 2009 08:40 AM - Canberra Times

Governments could slow global warming dramatically, and buy time to avert disastrous climate change, by slashing emissions of one of humanity's most familiar pollutants soot according to NASA scientists. A study by the space agency shows that cutting down on the pollutant can have an immediate cooling effect and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths from air pollution at the same time.

EU seals historic climate and energy package
January 3, 2009 08:02 AM - World Business Council for Sustainable Development

MEPs formally approved an unprecedented package of six new climate and energy laws in Strasbourg on Wednesday. A year of intense negotiations was wrapped up in a mere twenty minutes of voting. Over 550 MEPs backed the package, while fewer than 100 voted against. The package is designed to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by twenty per cent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, as pledged by European leaders at their spring summit in 2007. The EU will aim for a 30 per cent cut if other industrialised countries take on equivalent commitments in a new international climate treaty to be agreed at UN talks in Copenhagen next December.

Metal Levels Found High in Tributary After Spill
January 2, 2009 08:24 AM - New York Times

An environmental advocacy group’s tests of river water and ash near the site of a huge coal ash spill in East Tennessee showed levels of arsenic, lead, chromium and other metals at 2 to 300 times higher than drinking water standards, the group said Thursday.

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