China's emissions seen rising faster than thought
March 13, 2008 04:21 AM - Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is producing far more carbon dioxide than previous estimates and this will frustrate global aims to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases, a group of U.S. economists said. China is the world's second-largest emitter of CO2 and some studies suggest it might already have overtaken the United States last year. The report could add to calls for China to sign up to binding cuts, something it has refused to do.

Toughened ozone rule falls short of recommendation
March 13, 2008 12:55 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency toughened standards for ozone pollution on Wednesday, but these new requirements are more lax than the agency's own scientists recommended. Stephen Johnson, the agency's chief, said he complied with the Clean Air Act and with scientific data in setting the new ozone standard at 75 parts per billion in ambient air in the United States. The previous standard was 80 parts per billion.

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Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.

Lufthansa ups fuel surcharges on European flights
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters

Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa is raising surcharges on domestic and European tickets as the price of oil continues to soar. Travelers will pay an extra 17 euros each way from Thursday, up from 14 euros previously.

Gebrselassie misses marathon due to pollution
March 10, 2008 08:31 AM - Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie said on Monday he would not compete in the Olympic marathon because of fears that Beijing's air pollution would damage his health. The Ethiopian runner, who suffers from asthma, said he would still compete in the shorter 10,000 meters event in the August Games.

Warm winter curbs German CO2 pollution in 2007
March 10, 2008 07:48 AM - Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A warm winter cut demand for heating oil and gas sending German carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2007 down by 2.7 percent to almost 857 million tons, the federal environment agency UBA said on Monday. But it warned that the fall in pollution was no reason to lower the guard against climate-changing CO2 pollution.

China says will shift chemical plant after protests
March 7, 2008 03:25 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to shift a proposed chemical plant to another part of the eastern province of Fujian following mass demonstrations, officials said on Friday, defending the project against a new wave of protests. The plant to make paraxylene, or PX, a petrochemical used in polyester and fabrics, was originally intended for the Fujian seaside city of Xiamen, but was put on hold after protests last June brought thousands into the streets.

House bill lets California restrict car emissions
March 7, 2008 12:52 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to prevent California from limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions spewed by cars. The EPA last December turned down California's request for a waiver from federal law that would have permitted the state to cut vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, which when implemented would have likely have raised the required fuel efficiency of cars and also fought global warming.

Carbon group seeks to open U.S. to global offsets
March 6, 2008 03:42 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A greenhouse emissions business group hopes to shape U.S. climate change legislation to include broad use of international carbon offsets, like wind and solar power farms in developing countries, that are not currently in the leading climate bill. In a letter sent on Wednesday to Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, the International Emissions Trading Association, a carbon business group, said clean project offsets encourage developing countries to participate in international carbon markets, leading to "greater climate protection at lower cost."

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