China launches surprise crackdown on plastic bags
January 8, 2008 07:50 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched a surprise crackdown on plastic bags on Tuesday, banning production of ultra-thin bags and forbidding its supermarkets and shops from handing out free carriers from June 1. China uses too many of the bags and fails to dispose of them properly, wasting valuable oil and littering the country, China's cabinet, the State Council, said in a notice posted on the central government Web site (www.gov.cn).

Fiat sees EU CO2 proposal upping prices: report
January 8, 2008 05:09 AM - Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said the EU's proposed legislation to lower carbon dioxide emissions from cars would push up prices for buyers. The European Commission proposed in December tough legislation aimed at reducing CO2 emissions which would mean manufacturers failing to comply face steep fines.

Beijing Introduces Strictest Fuel Standard Yet
January 7, 2008 03:26 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

On January 1, China’s capital city of Beijing introduced its toughest vehicle fuel standard yet. The rule requires that gasoline and diesel sold in the city must comply with the new China IV emission standards, equivalent to the European Union’s Euro IV standards. Under the elevated standard, motor fuels are permitted to contain only 50 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur, compared with the previous China III level of 150 ppm.

Justices won't hear Teck Cominco pollution case
January 7, 2008 11:40 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by the Canadian mining company Teck Cominco Ltd of a ruling that an American environmental law applied to a foreign company when some of its pollution reaches U.S. territory. Vancouver-headquartered Teck appealed in an effort to block a lawsuit by two members of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state who contended that pollution from the company's lead and zinc smelter in Trail, British Columbia, had flowed into the Columbia River and into the United States.

EU seeks OK for climate package by mid-2009
January 7, 2008 04:53 AM - Reuters

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - EU President Slovenia said on Monday it would use its stewardship of EU business over the next six months to try and steer the bloc's proposed package of energy and climate change reforms towards approval by mid-2009. Prime Minister Janez Jansa told a news conference he would aim by the end of the Slovene presidency on June 30 to have had a first reading in the European Parliament of proposals due to be unveiled later this month intended to spur wider use of renewable energies and include targets for CO2 reductions.

PM orders Naples schools to open despite garbage
January 6, 2008 12:28 PM - Reuters

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi ordered Naples schools to reopen on Monday despite fears that stinking heaps of uncollected garbage in the streets could spread disease. More than 100,000 tonnes of refuse is estimated to be festering on the roadsides of the southern Italian city and surrounding areas after garbage trucks stopped operating two weeks ago because all landfills are full.

Romania to contest EU carbon emission cuts: report
January 6, 2008 11:05 AM - Reuters

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania has asked for an annulment of a 2007 European Commission decision to cut its carbon emission quota, a government official said. The European Commission decided in October to cut the new EU member's emission quota for 2008-2018 by 20.7 percent and lower its 2007 ceiling by 10 percent.

21 Things You Didn't Know You Can Recycle
January 6, 2008 09:35 AM - www.coopamerica.org

Garbage. Americans produce more and more of it every year, when we need to be producing less. Even the most waste-conscious among us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of household waste that goes beyond what municipal recyclers and compost bins can handle. That’s why our editors spent the summer of 2007 investigating the state of waste management in our country, putting this list togther for you, explaining how we can get serious about the three R’s — reducing, reusing, and recycling — and divert more waste away from landfills.

100 percent of people carry at least 1 type of pesticide
January 5, 2008 04:18 PM - Universidad de Granada

A study carried out by researchers from the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública), found that 100% of Spaniards analyzed had at least one kind of persistent organic compound (POC´s), substances internationally classified as potentially harmful to one’s health, in their bodies. These substances enter the body trough food, water or even air. All of them tend to accumulate in human adipose tissue and easily enter into the organism through the aforementioned mediums.

EPA halts river clean-up talks with Dow Chemical
January 5, 2008 02:24 AM - Reuters

The EPA's region 5 office had previously extended negotiations that began in October in an attempt to reach a final agreement on the clean-up of cancer-causing dioxins from the Tittabawassee River system near Dow's Midland, Michigan, headquarters.

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