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.
Volunteers Help Monitor Nation's Rivers
September 8, 2007 07:08 AM - Associated Press
Day after day, Chauncey Moran leaves his backwoods cabin, packs his pickup with gear and embarks on a scientific mission: checking the health of the Yellow Dog River. Friends call the 62-year-old retiree "River Walker" for his devotion to the trout stream, which meanders through forests and sandy plains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and eventually feeds into Lake Superior.
California air board plans new regulations
September 8, 2007 07:05 AM - Leonard Anderson -Reuters
The California Air Resources Board said on Friday it would step up the pace of new regulations to fight global warming in the most populous U.S. state. The air board also added measures that go beyond the requirements of California's 2006 landmark law to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.