Florida rules could open vast ethanol market
December 21, 2007 02:52 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida published new proposed motor fuel rules on Friday that could lead to wider ethanol blending in the country's third largest gasoline market. Limited ethanol blending had already been occurring in Florida, but the issuing of broad rules on gasoline containing ethanol is a step in creating the regulatory framework needed in opening up the market to the burgeoning U.S. ethanol industry.
Report says uranium traces found on North Korean tubes
December 21, 2007 09:50 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists found traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing from North Korea, which appears to contradict its denials of a secret uranium-based nuclear program, the Washington Post reported on Friday. U.S. officials were concerned that disclosing the finding of the uranium traces on tubing samples provided by North Korea would further complicate diplomacy with the secretive country, the Post said, citing U.S. and diplomatic sources.
Japan to meet Kyoto goal with extra measures: panel
December 21, 2007 05:14 AM - Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will be able to cut as much greenhouse gas emissions as it promised under the Kyoto Protocol if additional measures, mainly extra voluntary agreements with industries and more energy conservation by households, are carried out, a top government panel said. A joint panel on climate change under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Environment finalized additional measures on Friday to cut emissions as the Kyoto period starts next year.
Los Angeles, Long Beach ports OK air pollution fee
December 20, 2007 09:31 PM - Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Millions of shipping containers passing through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach next year will be assessed a new fee designed to improve air quality and remove a political obstacle that has stymied expansion of the country's largest port complex. Both seaports, which adjoin each other but operate independently, approved a $35 cargo fee this week for 20-foot container units that enter or exit the ports on trucks that do not meet 2007 emissions standards.
California to sue U.S. for denying emissions waiver
December 20, 2007 04:39 PM - Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday that he would sue the U.S. government for not granting a waiver that would allow his state to enforce new standards on motor vehicle emissions. California needs the waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement a state law requiring automakers to cut tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent on 2009 model cars. Sixteen other states either have adopted or are considering rules similar to California's standard. "I am extremely disappointed by EPA's decision to block the will of millions of people in California and 16 other states who want us to take tough action against global warming," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
Tobacco and poverty drive cancer in developing world
December 20, 2007 04:17 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rising tobacco use and poverty will fuel cancer across the developing world, more than doubling the number of new cases to 27 million by 2050, experts predicted on Thursday. Cancer is already the No. 2 cause of death globally, after heart disease and ahead of AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other causes. And as people live longer and adopt bad habits such as smoking, cancer cases will rise, said Dr. Nancy Davidson of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
EU ministers stall new soil protection rules
December 20, 2007 12:38 PM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union environment ministers put new rules to protect soil in the bloc on a backburner on Thursday after a coalition led by Britain and Germany blocked the adoption of a draft law. The bill had sought to prevent the soil's deterioration from industrial use and the effects of climate change. It would have obliged the EU's 27 nations to set up public inventories of sites where soil may be contaminated with dangerous substances and lay out ways to clean them up. "There was a blocking minority against the soil directive. Maybe we will return to it in the future, but it is unclear when," an EU diplomat said. The diplomat said advocates of the planned law had failed to muster a qualified majority to adopt it when Britain, Germany France, Austria and the Netherlands voted against.
Survey: Online Hybrid Car Searches Rise
December 20, 2007 12:19 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
RICHMOND, Va. - At a time of uncertain gas prices, a new consumer survey says online searches for hybrid cars are on the rise. Examples of the most searched hybrid cars include the Ford Escape Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. These hybrids are climbing in popularity based on recent month- to-month trends of searches for hybrid cars on the carmax.com website. November 2007 carmax.com data indicated that searches for hybrid cars have increased 10% over last year and 43% from October to November
EPA Denies States the Right to Fight Global Warming
December 20, 2007 12:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stunned the nation today by denying California and 17 other states the right to proceed with regulations that would reduce global warming pollution from new automobiles. "EPA is not following science or the law," said Jim Tripp, general counsel for Environmental Defense. "This decision is like pulling over the fire trucks on their way to the blaze," said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense "For 40 years, EPA administrators have recognized the important role that California plays in innovating new standards to fight pollution."
City of Pasadena Greenlights The Pasadena EcoHouse
December 20, 2007 12:00 PM -
PASADENA, Calif. - The Pasadena EcoHouse is a step closer to reality today, after the City of Pasadena approved the homeowners' hillside building permit at last night's meeting. When completed, The Pasadena EcoHouse will be the first single-family, structural concrete insulated panel (SCIP) home in the nation to earn the coveted Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Green Building Rating System(TM), as well as the first LEED Platinum home in Pasadena. To earn the Platinum rating, The Pasadena EcoHouse will score points in several categories, including design, location, site impact, water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and green building awareness and education.