Green Politics

China 'committed to fighting' climate change

TOYAKO, Japan: The world has to fight climate change together but the responsibilities of the developed and developing countries in this battle has to be different, President Hu Jintao reiterated Wednesday.

China backs call for climate, food action

THE leaders of five major developing countries yesterday called for the world's wealthy nations to do far more to battle climate change and tackle rising food prices before they lead to a spiral of poverty and instability.


G8 endorses halving of greenhouse gas emissions

Xinhua Shanghai Daily 08.07.2008
G8 endorses halving of greenhouse gas emissions

LEADERS of the G8 countries have agreed on the long-term target of at least halving their greenhouse gas emission by 2050, participants of the G8 summit said today.

Bangladesh wants SAARC fund for climate change

Masud Karim, Anis Ahmed, David Fogarty Reuters UK 02.07.2008
Bangladesh wants SAARC fund for climate change

DHAKA, July 1 (Reuters) - Bangladesh has proposed the creation a fund to fight climate change in densely populated South Asia, which experts say is vulnerable to rising seas, melting glaciers and greater extremes of droughts and floods.


'India's climate change plan is better than China's'

Indrani Bagchi The Times of India 01.07.2008
'India's climate change plan is better than China's'

NEW DELHI: As India heads into the G-8 summit to face the world on its climate change strategy, the government's policymakers believe India has a more evolved and far-sighted climate change policy than China.

Japan PM under pressure to set interim Co2 goal

TOKYO, June 9 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was expected to unveil on Monday a target to cut Japan's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but also faces pressure to set an interim goal to show leadership as host of a G8 summit next month.


Food summit seeks "green revolution" for Africa

Stephen Brown and Robin Pomeroy Reuters 05.06.2008
Food summit seeks "green revolution" for Africa

A U.N. summit on the global food crisis asked rich nations on Wednesday to help revolutionise farming in Africa and the developing world to produce more food for nearly 1 billion people facing hunger.

Conference could mark start of Arctic power struggle

Randy Boswell Canada.com 29.05.2008
Conference could mark start of Arctic power struggle

ILULISSAT, Greenland - An Arctic Ocean summit aimed at easing territorial tensions among the five nations bordering the northern sea - including Canada - appeared to evolve Wednesday into something more substantial: a kind of Arctic G-5 with ambit...


G8 environment ministers: halve emissions by 2050

Environment ministers from the G8 rich nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change.

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

KOBE, Japan - Environmental ministers from the world's top industrial countries say they have the political will to move toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.


Prius tops 1 million sales, reduces carbon by 450 M tons

Toyota has announced that their worldwide cumulative sales of their popular Prius has just exceeded, 1,000,000 units. Over 600,000 of these have been purchased in the last 3 years alone, showing a rapidly growing demand for the vehicle since its i...

G8 greenhouse gases down in 2006, only Russia up

Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn Reuters 23.05.2008
G8 greenhouse gases down in 2006, only Russia up

Greenhouse gas emissions by all the Group of Eight industrial nations except Russia fell in 2006 in the broadest dip since the world started trying to slow climate change in 1990, a Reuters survey showed on Friday


First In USA 'Pollution Fee' Coming To San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors on Wednesday approved new rules to charge businesses a fee for the pollution they emit.

Hong Kong Companies Earn Tax Deductions For Eco-friendly Facilities

Hong Kong plans an accelerated tax deduction for environment-friendly facilities as part of its Revenue Bill 2008.


Trudie Styler

Is the hot air emitted by celebrities when they spout ecological platitudes a greenhouse gas? If so, then the melting of the polar ice caps just moved a step closer, following calls by Trudie Styler, a leading celebrity ecological hypocrite - call...

Plastic Bags, Cold Dead Hands, Got It, Guys?

In one of those mysterious black-is-white, up-is-down occurrences, Mayor Greg Nickels and the City Council's Richard Conlin have in unison agreed to push for a $0.20 per paper-or-plastic bag fee at grocery and convenience stores and drugstores. Wh...


Wal-Mart to open stores that use less energy

Nicole Maestri Reuters 17.01.2008
Wal-Mart to open stores that use less energy

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, said on Tuesday it will open four stores that use 25 percent less energy than its supercenters that were in operation in 2005.

China Launches Crackdown on Plastic Bags

Alex Pasternack TreeHugger 10.01.2008
China Launches Crackdown on Plastic Bags

The notice that appeared on the website of China's State Council yesterday came as a welcome surprise: Starting in June, all shops will be forbidden from offering free plastic bags. Meanwhile, super-thin bags have been banned. Consumers are being ...


Dutch plan to build a new island in tulip shape

Emma Thomasson International Herald Tribune 21.12.2007
Dutch plan to build a new island in tulip shape

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands wants to redraw the map of Europe - literally. Dubai built Palm Island. Now the world leaders in land reclamation are considering an island in the shape of a tulip to fight overcrowding and shield the coastline from the...

The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom

SIMON CALDWELL The Daily Mail 13.12.2007
Attack: Pope Benedict criticised climate-change prophets of doom

Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.