• U.S. farmers should curb fertilizer runoff: study

    U.S. farmers should be required to control soil erosion and fertilizer runoff from all land eligible for crop subsidies -- which would be a major expansion of "conservation compliance" rules now in place, an environmental group said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article
  • PVC-free Baby Products - Some Companies Are Far Ahead

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Some US product makers saw the writing on the wall years ago and started taking suspected toxins like PVC's out of their baby products long before it was vogue, in the headlines or lawmakers ordered them to. >> Read the Full Article
  • Libya Creates World's Largest Sustainable Development

    Libya - Libya today announced the creation of an unprecedented sustainable development on its beautiful northern Mediterranean coast. The massive project includes a world class sustainable resort and spa, extensive wind and solar on the coast and desert area, growth of biofuel crops, closed loop water systems, sustainable transportation, housing, and the creation of a huge national ecological parkland that includes protection of the Mediterranean ocean and incorporates Tripoli and other cities. The 5,500 square kilometer development, called Green Mountain, covers an area that is home to diverse animal and plant species and historic and archaeologically rich sites. >> Read the Full Article
  • Toys "R" Us Steps Up Toxins Testing

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Toys "R" Us is increasing the frequency of safety checks conducted on products sold in its stores after a slew of Chinese-made toys were recalled this summer due to unsafe levels of lead paint. "Earlier this year we began spot checking of products on our store shelves as part of our increased efforts for quality assurance," said Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. "But in light of recent recalls we have begun a systematic recheck of all products on our store shelves." Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage. >> Read the Full Article
  • In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom

    From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, pesticides in Israel or China's coal-fired power plants. >> Read the Full Article
  • APEC countries bolster UN climate change process

    Sydney, Australia – Leaders of the world's fastest growing economies attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit rejected attempts by Australia and the US to bypass the United Nations in negotiations to reduce climate damaging emissions, says WWF. >> Read the Full Article
  • Disney to Test Toys Independently

    Following three high-profile recalls by Mattel Inc. this summer involving millions of Chinese-made, lead-tainted toys, The Walt Disney Company will begin independently testing toys featuring its characters, company officials said. >> Read the Full Article
  • EU Warns Carmakers: Fail CO2 Target, Get Fined

    BERLIN (Reuters) - European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas warned in a newspaper interview on Sunday that carmakers will face sanctions if they fail to meet new rules on reducing emissions. Dimas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper before the international car show (IAA) in Frankfurt that carmakers will be punished if they fail to meet targets and dismissed complaints from carmakers that the targets are unrealistic. >> Read the Full Article
  • APEC: Aspirational Goals on Climate

    What leaders do have is fear of what they think would happen in the near term to the world’s economies with the massive cut in greenhouse gases that’s needed now. (They don’t fear what will happen to the world in the long term when they’ve passed on and are forgotten; the two-thirds cut in polar bear population over the next fifty years according to the US Geological Survey, for instance. >> Read the Full Article
  • Australia, Indonesia back Kalimantan forest plan

    Australia and Indonesia on Sunday signed a deal that aims to preserve 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of peat forest in Indonesia's Kalimantan region, re-flood 200,000 hectares of dried peat land and plant up to 100 million trees. >> Read the Full Article