Breaking Down the Barriers to a Green Economy
February 20, 2008 09:50 AM - UNEP
UNEP Launches Year Book 2008 at its 10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Monaco 20-22 February Monaco, 20 February 2008-An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.
Whole Foods to Stop Use of Plastic Bags
February 19, 2008 08:45 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
The Whole Foods grocery chain plans to stop offering customers plastic grocery bags, and instead use only recycled paper or reusable bags. A rising number of governments and retailers are banning plastic bags, or discouraging their use, due to concerns about their environmental impact.
World switches on to Earth Hour switch-off
February 19, 2008 08:17 AM - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - As many as 30 million people are tipped to switch off lights and televisions around the world to help fight climate change with 24 cities joining Earth Hour on March 29, environment group WWF said on Wednesday. Following last year's Earth Hour in Australia, where 2.2 million Sydneysiders powered-down for an hour, cities including Atlanta, San Francisco, Bangkok, Ottawa, Dublin, Vancouver, Montreal and Phoenix have also signed on, WWF said.
Carmaker Porsche challenges London gas guzzler tax
February 19, 2008 06:49 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Luxury carmaker Porsche may legally challenge London mayor Ken Livingstone's decision to tax gas guzzling cars driving in the city centre to help fight global warming. Porsche said on Tuesday the 25 pound ($48.74) daily charge was unfair, would not cut emissions of climate warming carbon dioxide and would deter businesses from moving to the city.
Crop biofuels 'create carbon debt'
February 18, 2008 09:17 AM - , SciDevNet
Two studies have shown that changes in land use to produce crop-based biofuels can actually result in more greenhouse-gas emissions than burning fossil fuels. The studies, both published in Science last week (8 February), estimate the impact of converting forests and grasslands into cropland for the production of biofuels.
Coalition against coal fires up in Greece
February 18, 2008 09:01 AM - WWF
WWF-Greece and seven municipalities are joining forces to oppose several coal-fired power plant projects, on the grounds they will cause large increases of greenhouse gas emissions and cause local pollution problems. â€œThis coalition against coal aims to promote the principles of sustainable energyâ€, said Achilleas Plitharas, WWF-Geeceâ€™s Environmental Policy Campaigner.
Saudi, Norway back carbon capture for CDM: paper
February 18, 2008 06:33 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Oil exporters Saudi Arabia and Norway will cooperate to get carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- burying greenhouse gases -- recognized as a way for rich countries to offset their emissions, a Norwegian daily reported. CCS involves trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes, such as power generation from fossil fuels, and storing it underground or below the seabed. The technology is still in a pioneering phase and is not yet commercial.
Beijing orders tighter emission rules on cars
February 15, 2008 10:34 PM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing will ban sales of new cars that fail to meet new emission standards starting from March, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, in another move to clean up its air before the August Olympic Games. All new cars are required to meet the new national standards that are equivalent to Euro IV standards, Xinhua said, citing Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the city's Environment Protection Bureau.
Investors pledge $10 billion for renewable energy
February 15, 2008 09:42 AM - Reuters
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. institutional investors pledged at a U.N. summit on Thursday to invest $10 billion over two years in technologies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to pressure companies to disclose their risks associated with climate change. The plan "reflects the many investment opportunities that exist today to put a dent in global warming pollution, build profits and benefit the global economy," said Mindy Lubber, the president of Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental leaders, and director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk.
Energy taxes in Italy seen falling as CO2 rises
February 15, 2008 09:41 AM - Reuters
ROME (Reuters) - Taxes on energy in Italy have fallen by almost a quarter in the last decade while greenhouse gas emissions have soared, environmental group Legambiente said on Friday, calling for greater action against climate change. In its annual report on the state of the environment, Italy's leading green group said successive Italian governments had failed to discourage growing energy consumption or encourage renewable power such as wind and solar.