• IOC head: Beijing air no danger to athletes

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The head of the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday that Beijing's poor air quality will not endanger the health of athletes competing in the games in August, but it may affect their performance. "The health of the athletes is absolutely not in danger," Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee said in Singapore. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.N. body to slash ship fuel pollution by 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - The world's top maritime body agreed tough new limits on ship fuel pollutants at a week-long meeting that ended on Friday, an industry source said. The United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) measures will sharply curb harmful sulphur emissions by 2015. >> Read the Full Article
  • Airborne Study Of Arctic Atmosphere, Air Pollution Launched

    This month, NASA begins the most extensive field campaign ever to investigate the chemistry of the Arctic's lower atmosphere. The mission is poised to help scientists identify how air pollution contributes to climate changes in the Arctic. The recent decline of sea ice is one indication the Arctic is undergoing significant environmental changes related to climate warming. NASA and its partners plan to investigate the atmosphere's role in this climate-sensitive region with the Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites (ARCTAS) field campaign. >> Read the Full Article
  • Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction Assumptions Overly Optimistic, Study Says

    "In the end, there is no question whether technological innovation is necessary--it is," write the authors in the Nature commentary. "The question is, to what degree should policy focus explicitly on motivating such innovation" The IPCC plays a risky game in assuming that spontaneous advances in technological innovation will carry most of the burden of achieving future emissions reductions, rather than focusing on those conditions that are necessary and sufficient for those innovations to occur." >> Read the Full Article
  • World Bank accused of climate change "hijack"

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Developing countries and environmental groups accused the World Bank on Friday of trying to seize control of the billions of dollars of aid that will be used to tackle climate change in the next four decades. "The World Bank's foray into climate change has gone down like a lead balloon," Friends of the Earth campaigner Tom Picken said at the end of a major climate change conference in the Thai capital. >> Read the Full Article
  • 18 states sue EPA over greenhouse gas pollution

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks, one year after the Supreme Court ruled that the agency had the power to do so. The suit seeks EPA's response to the high court's April 2, 2007, ruling, a landmark decision seen as a sharp defeat for the Bush administration's policy on climate change. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beijing pollution risky for endurance athletes

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Endurance events at the Beijing Olympics could pose a health risk if they are staged on heavily polluted days, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday, although it was prepared to reschedule such events. Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC coordination commission, said there was a small chance of athletes suffering some damage to their health if they took part in events lasting longer than an hour, such as the marathon and cycling road races. >> Read the Full Article
  • Australia trials underground carbon storage

    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia on Wednesday began pumping 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide underground in a test of carbon storage that environmentalists said would do little to tackle climate change. The CO2 is stripped from a natural gas well but the idea is to see if the scheme can be expanded to capture CO2 from coal-fired power stations, whose emissions are blamed in part for global warming. >> Read the Full Article
  • GreenDisk: a viable e-waste solution?

    Computers are becoming cheaper and easier to manufacture by the minute. Intel's new Atom processor is bound to create a whole new set of net-enabled devices at extremely low cost. While the processor is not out yet and prices are not set in stone, rumors price new "net-top" computers below $200. Cheaper computers make electronic recycling all the more relevant. Computers and gadgets are being replaced more frequently as electronics become obsolete in a matter of months. >> Read the Full Article
  • EPA criticized over new lead paint rule

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered a new rule on Monday aimed at shielding children from the risks of lead-based paint, but a watchdog group said the rule needs to be tougher. The rule affects professional contractors who renovate or repair homes, schools or child-care centers built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned for residential use. Ordered by Congress in 1992, the rule takes effect in April 2010. >> Read the Full Article