• Shell Argentina denies pollution charges

    Shell defended its environmental record in Argentina on Thursday and warned of possible domestic energy shortages after the Argentine government shut the company's only refinery in South America on charges of pollution. >> Read the Full Article
  • It's 'No Car Day' in Shanghai

    The Shanghai Municipal Government is to hold its first "No Car Day" on September 22, following the four-day test held last week in Beijing. Almost a third of the city's vehicles will be ordered off the roads in a bid to improve air quality and ease congestion. >> Read the Full Article
  • Argentina shuts Shell refinery, citing pollution

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Low VOC Paint For Euro Aircraft

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Coke Plans Plastic Recycling To Appease Ecological Concerns

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • USGS: Florida Aquifers and Drinking Water Supplies Contaminated With Pesticides, VOC's

    TAMPA Fla. - As populations increase around areas with public water-supply wells in the northern Tampa Bay region there are corresponding increases in contamination. According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, human activities are polluting ground-water supplies. In the first phase of the study, 30 randomly-selected public-supply wells were sampled prior to treatment and analyzed for the presence of 258 compounds generated by humans such as pesticides and volatile organic compounds. The northern Tampa Bay area was selected for study because a large percentage of the population relies on ground-water resources from the Upper Floridan aquifer for drinking water supply. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mattel Recalls 800,000 Lead-Tainted Toys

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Coke Launches Lighter Bottles That Use Less Plastic

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Conservationists: Australia Kyoto Failure $3.8 Billion Dollar Mistake

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Project Underway To Develop Technology To Detect Human Exposure To Environmental Toxins

    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. >> Read the Full Article