Beijing to switch to cleaner fuel: report
December 25, 2007 05:23 AM - Reuters
China will phase in cleaner motor fuel in Beijing in the next two months while keeping pump prices unchanged, a local newspaper said on Tuesday, in a move to clean the capital's smoggy skies ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. Oil product wholesalers and retailers will be required to start supplying gasoline and diesel fuel conforming to the cleaner Euro IV standard from January 1, and complete a replenishing of their tanks with the new fuel by the end of February, the Beijing News said.
Toyota to cement top spot in 2008
December 25, 2007 02:54 AM - Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent, Reuters
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will charge further into emerging car markets to achieve another year of record sales in 2008, likely cementing its title as the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors Corp. With a product line-up including the Camry and Prius hybrid cars, Toyota has attracted more customers in emerging and mature markets alike, all the while increasing profits through cost cuts and economies of scale.
Gifts for grown-ups: Natural, organic and non-toxic ideas
December 24, 2007 09:01 PM - By Radish staff, BuildingGreen
Does your holiday shopping list include someone who would love something natural? Something healthy? Something locally made? In a world full of plastics, polyester and pollution, here’s a list of non-toxic suggestions.
California Facility Proves That Mattress Recycling Can Work
December 24, 2007 08:29 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News
NATIONAL REPORT — Discarded mattresses can take up a significant amount of landfill space, do not degrade well, and can create a dangerous “soft spot”Ě in a landfill, according to Terry McDonald, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVDP), located in Eugene, Oregon.
What to Consider when Choosing ”ėGreen’ Carpet
December 24, 2007 08:23 PM - By Bill Gregory, Green Lodging News
Design elements cannot be overvalued in the hospitality industry. Carpet contributes to the signature impression, adding comfort to small spaces and human scale to imposing interiors. When specifying carpet for hospitality, there are three considerations to ensure sustainable selections—design and purpose; maintenance during useful life; and end-of-life options.
Used Cooking Oil Helps Heat Juneau, Alaska's Westmark Baranof Hotel
December 24, 2007 08:18 PM - Glen Hasak, Green Lodging News
Juneau, Alaska — After eating an evening meal of fish and chips, tourists in Juneau who retire for the night at the Westmark Baranof Hotel may find themselves warming their toes in a room partially heated by the oil used to cook their food. The Baranof collects the town’s used vegetable oil to help heat the hotel.
Report: Safety and Security Risks Undercut Nuclear Power's Role in Minimizing Global Warming
December 24, 2007 08:11 PM - , Environmental Health News
WASHINGTON — An expansion of nuclear power capacity in the United States could help reduce global warming pollution, but could also increase threats to public safety and national security, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Nigeria court seeks 3 arrests in Pfizer drug trial
December 24, 2007 12:15 PM - Reuters
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - A Nigerian court on Monday ordered the arrests of three of the defendants in a trial over a drug test conducted by Pfizer in 1996 which Nigerian authorities say killed 11 children and left others disabled. The northern state of Kano is suing Pfizer for $2 billion in damages and pressing criminal charges over the testing of the antibiotic Trovan on children in Kano during a meningitis epidemic that killed 12,000 children in six months.
Germany should embrace CO2 goal, not fight it: Dimas
December 23, 2007 10:10 AM - Reuters
Germany should look at European Union plans to force down carbon dioxide emissions from cars not as "punishment" but rather a chance to improve their competitive position, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said. Dimas urged German leaders on Sunday to rethink their opposition to the climate protection measure, telling the Welt am Sonntag newspaper the proposed EU legislation would actually secure German car industry jobs in the long term.
Survey: Coal-Fired Power Plant Freeze Favored
December 22, 2007 06:34 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
DES MOINES, Iowa - Sending a clear message to state officials and presidential candidates, nearly four out of five Iowans (79 percent) -- including 69 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Independents -- think that "Iowa should focus on increased (energy) conservation steps and more fuel efficiency to reduce demand for electricity before it constructs new coal-fired power plants," according to a major new Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) survey commissioned by Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Farmers Union and Plains Justice.