Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Says UN Environment Report
August 29, 2008 11:25 AM - UNEP

Scrapping fossil fuel subsidies could play an important role in cutting greenhouse gases while giving a small but not insignificant boost to the global economy a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says. The report challenges the widely held view that such subsidies assist the poor arguing that many of these price support systems benefit the wealthier sections of society rather than those on low incomes.

Carbon Footprint: Saving at Home
August 28, 2008 09:25 AM - NY Times

YOU know your shoe size. But you probably don’t know your carbon footprint, particularly the footprint of your home.

Tofu waste turns to gas: Video Report
August 28, 2008 09:22 AM - Reuters

Indonesians in a central Java village are turning tofu factory waste into energy, reducing both air and water pollution and offering an alternative to fossil fuels. Soy-rich wastewater is left to ferment, and the biogas produced is used by two tofu factories and 20 households in the area.

Santa Barbara County panel OKs offshore oil drilling
August 27, 2008 11:39 AM - LA Times

A divided Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in support of offshore drilling, after an impassioned daylong hearing in which this year's record gas prices trumped the memory of a disastrous oil spill.

World Water Week demands halt to food wastage

Scientists and experts from around the world have warned that global food wastage must be halved by 2025 to meet the challenges of feeding the rapidly-growing population and preserving global water supplies.

Hydrogen-Producing Bacteria Provide Clean Energy
August 26, 2008 09:40 AM - USDA/Agricultural Research Service

A new "green" technology developed cooperatively by scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Carolina State University (NC State) could lead to production of hydrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Drinking Water of 41 Million Americans Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals
August 26, 2008 09:08 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine.

Wasted Food Is Also Wasted Water

The world's growing food crisis -- which triggered riots and demonstrations in over 30 developing nations early this year -- is being aggravated primarily by wastage and overconsumption. "Obesity is a much bigger problem than undernourishment," said Professor Jan Lundqvist of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Does Congestion Pricing Reduce Traffic Congestion and Pollution?
August 22, 2008 08:42 AM - EarthTalk

Despite increasing green awareness and steadily rising gasoline prices, Americans and other denizens of the developed world—not to mention millions of new Chinese and Indian drivers hitting the road every week—are loath to give up the freedom and privacy of their personal automobiles.

U.S. says states can lift emission monitoring bar
August 21, 2008 10:03 AM - Reuters

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court on Tuesday overturned a rule that prevented state and local authorities from raising emissions monitoring requirements for polluting units such as chemical plants and oil refineries. Regulatory body Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had added a rule to the existing Clean Air Act in 1990 that prevented authorities from adding to monitoring requirements.

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