Argentina shuts Shell refinery, citing pollution
September 6, 2007 06:51 AM - Reuters
Argentina's government on Wednesday ordered the closure of Royal Dutch Shell's 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, citing environmental concerns. The move comes amid increasing tensions between the company and the government of President Nestor Kirchner, which has clashed with the oil major over energy prices and supplies.
Low VOC Paint For Euro Aircraft
September 5, 2007 02:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MIELEC, Poland - A Polish aircraft manufacturer is the first in Europe to use an environmentally friendly zero-to-low-Volatile Organic Compound paint product for aircraft. "The new paint product uses 27 percent less material and has 41 percent fewer air emissions," said Robert Araujo, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety for Sikorsky Aircraft. "This was our Poland Team's first effort, and with the approval of the Polish government, we will continue to apply this technology to the benefit of a cleaner global environment." Araujo said the technology meets or exceeds the specifications set forth by the Polish government. "This has the potential to become the new standard in aircraft coating and paints," he said.
Coke Plans Plastic Recycling To Appease Ecological Concerns
September 5, 2007 01:22 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co. said on Wednesday that it was investing more than $60 million to build a plant to recycle and reuse nearly 2 billion 20-ounce bottles a year in an effort to counter growing environmental opposition to the beverage industry. The Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant will open next year and be fully operational in 2009. Coke said this would be the largest plant in the world to make new plastic bottles out of old ones.
Mattel Recalls 800,000 Lead-Tainted Toys
September 5, 2007 08:15 AM - Anne D'Innocenzio- Associated Press
Mattel Inc.'s reputation took another hit after the world's largest toy maker announced a third major recall of Chinese-made toys in little more than a month because of excessive amounts of lead paint. The latest action, which involved about 800,000 toys and which was announced late Tuesday, is yet another blow to Mattel. The news, along with other recent recalls of tainted Chinese toys from other toy makers, could also make parents even more nervous about shopping for toys this holiday season.
Coke Launches Lighter Bottles That Use Less Plastic
September 5, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters
Coca-Cola Co said Tuesday it launched a new 20-ounce plastic bottle for its cola drinks that uses 5 percent less plastic, in a bid to please some critics of the beverage industry who claim its reliance on plastic aides global warming. The new bottles for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, which also have ridges to make it easier to grip, will be available nationwide by early next year, the Atlanta-based drink maker said.
Conservationists: Australia Kyoto Failure $3.8 Billion Dollar Mistake
September 5, 2007 07:49 AM - Associated Press
The Australian government's failure to ratify the Kyoto protocol is costing the nation $3.8 billion a year in lost investment opportunities, according to a study released by the Australian Conservation Foundation. Under Kyoto, mechanisms have been set up that allow companies to receive carbon credits for investing in low-emission and renewable energy projects, and sell them.
Project Underway To Develop Technology To Detect Human Exposure To Environmental Toxins
September 4, 2007 07:38 PM - UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley - Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have received a $4.7 million grant to develop cutting edge methods for detecting diseases in humans exposed to environmental contaminants.
Bank-Led Satellite Imagery Sheds More Light on Gas Flaring Pollution
September 4, 2007 08:24 AM - Worldbank
From more than 400 miles in space, the World Bank is pinpointing the true extent of one of the planet’s major environmental problems — gas flaring. The problem isn’t new. Gas flaring — a byproduct of petroleum production that spews about 400 millions of tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere — has been going on for decades. But new satellite imagery, commissioned by the Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction public-private partnership, is showing that some countries are burning off more gas than what was initially reported.
WWF Says Asia-Pacific Coal Rush Worsens Global Warming
September 4, 2007 08:11 AM - Reuters
Growing dependence on cheap coal to power rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is blamed for harmful changes in the world's climate, experts said on Tuesday. Between 2001 and 2006, coal use around the world grew by an unprecedented 30 percent. Asia, led by China, accounted for almost 90 percent of the growth, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said at the launch of a climate change report in Sydney.
Viruses in Water: The Imaginative In Pursuit of the Fugitive
September 4, 2007 07:55 AM - Society for General Microbiology
Water-borne enteric viruses are probably not the first microorganisms which spring to mind when thinking of polluted water. Cholera, typhoid and cryptosporidiosis are more prominent in the public mind, though viruses are likely to have been the cause of many outbreaks of water-borne disease. The difficulty has, until comparatively recently, been proving the link between the water and the sick person.