• Indonesian peatlands seen playing key climate role

    To the average person, they are just ordinary swamps or bogs. But peatlands across the world are more than just simple marsh land: they are one of the largest carbon stores on earth and play a significant role in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. Not for long, perhaps. >> Read the Full Article
  • China to Give "Green" Legislation More Teeth

    In recent years, Chinese authorities have waged a series of “green storms”—harsh crackdown campaigns against polluters—to check the nation’s worsening environmental deterioration, while also promoting a “green credit” system to deny polluting industries access to bank loans. Now, the nation is seeking to further improve its environmental and ecological situation through the adoption of more biting green legislation. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. Seeks Home For Research On Fearsome Diseases

    WASHINGTON - A federal laboratory off Long Island, known as the "Alcatraz for animal disease," may move to the U.S. mainland as part of a new $450 million research center. Plans for the next-generation National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, slated to go online by 2013, include biosafety labs where scientists, clad in outfits resembling spacesuits and tethered to air supplies, would research diseases that can spread to people from animals. >> Read the Full Article
  • Recycling Styrofoam: 15 Million Pounds Diverted From Northeast Landfills

    LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - A New York furniture company has found a second life for what once use to go to landfills: packaging styrofoam. Some of the recycled byproducts are made into consumer household plastic items such as picture frames, egg cartons, lunch trays, video and audio cassette casings as well as bathroom fixtures including counter tops, sinks and tub and shower surrounds. >> Read the Full Article
  • Study: SUV's Bigger Polluters

    COLUMBUS , Ohio – The pollution produced by light trucks, SUVs and minivans is only half a percent higher than that produced by conventional cars, based on a recent study. But a new study shows that this tiny difference becomes enormous when considering the number of light trucks moving along the nation's highways. >> Read the Full Article
  • As Coal-Fired Plants Clear the Air, Landfills Grow

    More than one-third of the ash generated at the country's hundreds of coal-fired plants is now recycled -- mixed with cement to build highways or used to stabilize embankments, among other things. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beijing Traffic Restriction Not a Silver Bullet for Air Pollution

    A recent traffic restriction that limited driving in China’s capital city during the four-day “Good Luck Beijing” Olympic test games initially resulted in a measurable improvement in the city’s haze, according to Beijing officials. But over the full period of the restriction, air pollution levels in fact showed a slight increase, The Washington Post reported. Zhao Yue, vice director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, noted on the agency’s Web site that humid, windless conditions had trapped particulate matter in the city, preventing greater improvement. >> Read the Full Article
  • China Drafts Laws To Curb Pollution

    BEIJING - China began deliberating a draft law aimed at boosting energy saving and emissions reductions on Sunday, its latest effort to curb widespread resource waste and degradation. >> Read the Full Article
  • Land Mines And Laundry Soap

    EARTH TALK From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the status of the land mines issue popularized by Princess Diana and Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, Heather Mills? How many mines have been removed? How many are left? What is being done? -- Jonas Schultz, via e-mail >> Read the Full Article
  • Smog Smothers Japan, Experts Point to China

    Smog is menacing Japanese cities for the first time in 30 years and cropping up in rural areas for the first time ever, alarming the government and prompting experts to point the finger at neighboring China. Warnings for high levels of hazardous smog have been issued in a record 28 prefectures so far this year, from sparsely populated isles in southern Japan to Niigata, western Japan, where 350 people have suffered stinging eyes and throats. >> Read the Full Article