• Green Certification Now Available For Minnesota Homes

    MINNEAPOLIS - Remodeling projects and new homes in Minnesota can now achieve "green" certification through a new voluntary program called Minnesota GreenStar: Certified Green Homes and Remodeling. >> Read the Full Article
  • UK Man Convicted Of Dumping Asbestos Is Jailed, Has Assets Frozen

    London - Britian's Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), working in partnership with the Environment Agency, has frozen properties belonging to a Bradford man convicted of illegally dumping asbestos and excavation waste. ARA's investigation follows the conviction of William John Peter Reidy, aged 60, of Bradford. Reidy was convicted following the illegal activities of a demolition business run by him, called Space Making Development. In spite of not holding a waste management licence, the firm was being paid to take building waste away from companies across Yorkshire >> Read the Full Article
  • Wal-Mart: Tainted Dog Treats, Chinese-Made, Found On Shelves 3 Weeks Ago

    NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it pulled two Chinese-made dog treats from its shelves nearly a month ago, and tests now show they had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier this year. The two types of dog treats -- Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading -- were removed from its stores on July 26, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said in a statement. >> Read the Full Article
  • Radical Engine Redesign Would Reduce Pollution, Oil Consumption

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have created the first computational model to track engine performance from one combustion cycle to the next for a new type of engine that could dramatically reduce oil consumption and the emission of global-warming pollutants. "We're talking about a major leap in engine technology that could be used in hybrid cars to make vehicles much more environmentally friendly and fuel stingy," said Gregory M. Shaver, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. >> Read the Full Article
  • Environmental Disasters Reduce the Likelihood of Pro-Green Votes by Members of Congress

    Los Angeles - Conventional wisdom holds that environmental disasters lead Congress to toughen regulatory standards. But a new study has found that members of Congress were less likely to take pro-green positions on legislation in the wake of such disasters than at other times during the same calendar year. >> Read the Full Article
  • Insiders Story: Greening China, Cutting Carbon

    Zhang Fubin, who works at the Tianjin Cement Industry Design & Research Institute in China, is constantly being interrupted by his mobile phone. Since the institute successfully developed new technology to generate energy from the waste gases emitted during cement making, he has barely had time to himself. "My colleagues and I are busy running between cement plants to update their facilities with this new technology," he says. >> Read the Full Article
  • Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes

    A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year. >> Read the Full Article
  • Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil

    Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence. >> Read the Full Article
  • Recycled, But Not Disinfected, Chopsticks The Latest China Scare

    BEIJING - A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of Chinese food and product safety scares. Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet food to medicine, tires, toothpaste and toys. >> Read the Full Article
  • Coal Dependency Seen Braking China's Climate Drive

    China will have trouble cutting its dependence on coal despite growing pressures to fight global warming, a leading Chinese official told an international panel of experts on Wednesday on an Arctic island. >> Read the Full Article