PVC-free Baby Products - Some Companies Are Far Ahead
September 10, 2007 06:03 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Some US product makers saw the writing on the wall years ago and started taking suspected toxins like PVC's out of their baby products long before it was vogue, in the headlines or lawmakers ordered them to.
Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development
September 10, 2007 11:06 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites.
Toys "R" Us Steps Up Toxins Testing
September 10, 2007 09:41 AM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Toys "R" Us is increasing the frequency of safety checks conducted on products sold in its stores after a slew of Chinese-made toys were recalled this summer due to unsafe levels of lead paint. "Earlier this year we began spot checking of products on our store shelves as part of our increased efforts for quality assurance," said Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. "But in light of recent recalls we have begun a systematic recheck of all products on our store shelves." Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage.
In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom
September 10, 2007 08:41 AM - Reuters
From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, pesticides in Israel or China's coal-fired power plants.
APEC countries bolster UN climate change process
September 10, 2007 08:10 AM - WWF
Sydney, Australia — Leaders of the world's fastest growing economies attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit rejected attempts by Australia and the US to bypass the United Nations in negotiations to reduce climate damaging emissions, says WWF.
Disney to Test Toys Independently
September 10, 2007 07:54 AM - Associated Press
Following three high-profile recalls by Mattel Inc. this summer involving millions of Chinese-made, lead-tainted toys, The Walt Disney Company will begin independently testing toys featuring its characters, company officials said.
EU Warns Carmakers: Fail CO2 Target, Get Fined
September 9, 2007 11:03 AM - Reuters
BERLIN (Reuters) - European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas warned in a newspaper interview on Sunday that carmakers will face sanctions if they fail to meet new rules on reducing emissions. Dimas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper before the international car show (IAA) in Frankfurt that carmakers will be punished if they fail to meet targets and dismissed complaints from carmakers that the targets are unrealistic.
Australia, Indonesia back Kalimantan forest plan
September 9, 2007 08:26 AM - Reuters
Australia and Indonesia on Sunday signed a deal that aims to preserve 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of peat forest in Indonesia's Kalimantan region, re-flood 200,000 hectares of dried peat land and plant up to 100 million trees.
Philips Introduces Lower Mercury Fluorescent Lamps
September 8, 2007 06:35 PM - , BuildingGreen
Philips Lighting Company has announced a new line of T-8 fluorescent lamps using the company’s Alto II technology to replace its ten-year-old Alto technology.
Forest Chief Touts Ethanol to Power Cars
September 8, 2007 07:36 AM - John Heilprin -Associated Press
The U.S. Forest Service chief is proposing replacing 15 percent of the nation's gasoline with ethanol made from wood, while doubling the amount of carbon dioxide emissions absorbed by public and private forests. "These are ambitious goals, and they would take a concerted national effort to reach," Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell said in remarks prepared for a speech before the Society of Environmental Journalists Friday night in San Francisco.