24 February 2010

Climate change bores, but particulates kill. And other corporate, industry and regulatory news

Top Stories

Sharp decline in public's belief in climate threat, British poll reveals.reliability high.
"Public conviction about the threat of climate change has declined sharply after months of questions over the science and growing disillusionment with government action, a leading British poll has found. The proportion of adults who believe climate change is "definitely" a reality dropped by 30% over the last year, from 44% to 31%, in the latest survey by Ipsos Mori." More details in Guardian story.

Air pollution 'may cause 35,000 premature deaths a year in Britain'.reliability high.
Particulate "Air pollution may be leading to the premature deaths of 35,000 people in Britain a year, nearly 50% more than has been previously admitted by government, a committee of MPs has heard. The figure was used for the first time by environment minister Jim Fitzpatrick when giving evidence to the Commons environment audit committee. The MPs were also told that air pollution - minute sooty particles emitted by motor transport, ships and fuel burning in houses and industry - may now be costing £7bn to £20bn a year." Also from The Guardian.

Legal Challenges Pile Up Against EPA Climate Regulation.reliability high.
"A group of states, trade groups, politicians and companies have headed to court in a bid to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the greenhouse gas emissions most scientists blame for climate change. The states of Alabama, Texas, and Virginia have filed lawsuits in federal court arguing that the EPA used flawed science when it concluded that greenhouse gas emissions and resulting climate change endanger public health. They also contend such regulations will wreak havoc on an already fragile economy. Joining them in additional lawsuits are plaintiffs that include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, the Southeastern Legal Foundation, Peabody Energy Co., the National Mining Association, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives." From GreenBiz.

Companies, Industries, Markets and Supply Chains

Sustainability awardees at Informex.reliability medium.
"Informex announced  last week its "Profiles in Sustainability" awardees and the chosen ones were DSM, Lonza, Iolitec, Segetis and the Wercs." See Green Chemicals. [Interesting selection of awards for advancing the sustainability of the chemicals industry.]

China's green groups start year of the tiger with consumer campaign.reliability high.
Chinese "Shoppers have been asked to think twice before buying products made by Carlsberg, Hitachi, Phillips, Motorola and more than a dozen other firms linked with factories that have polluted or failed to disclose emissions data. Supported by 34 prominent NGOs, the campaign is seen as an important step towards a green consumer movement – a long-awaited development in China, where the spending power of the middle-class is an increasingly important factor for the global environment. . . . Twenty companies have been named and shamed in the first "green consumer choice report", including China's biggest instant noodle maker, Master Kong, the detergent giant, Wipp Seagull Hallier and Shineway meat products. Several foreign firms made the list, after pollution spills or allegedly failing to meet legal requirements on transparency about their emissions." From The Guardian.

United, U.S. Airways Earn Fs in Airline Recycling Report Card.reliability high.
"While Delta and Virgin America topped the list, each received a score of only B-, followed by Virgin Atlantic and Southwest, which each scored Cs. Continental, JetBlue, American Airlines and British Airways each received Ds. United and US Airways flunked with Fs." "Although the U.S. airline industry generates millions of tons of waste each year, the vast majority of it goes without being recycled, a new report found. That's due in part to the fact that no major airlines in the U.S. airlines recycle all the major recyclables or have programs that minimize food and onboard waste, according to Green America. Over-packaged snacks only exasperate the problem." Read more at GreenBiz. Access report here. [And illiterate editors exasperate HaraBara.]

Government and Regulation

Net Metering to Shine on in New York, California.reliability medium.
"Rooftop solar companies are breathing a sigh of relief – and are getting ready to install more projects in New York and California. That’s because legislatures in the two states have passed new rules that boost net metering, an arrangement that allows customers with small-scale solar and wind installations to get credit for the electricity they deliver back to the grid. . . . Overall, the two net metering wins are part of a trend toward net metering around the country. According to a Vote Solar report released in November, 27 states have solid net-metering standards (which received A or B grades from the group), up from 13 in 2007." From earth2tech.

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