Climate Change News

European Investment Bank promises €2bn clean energy funding boost

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Bank confirms sale of carbon allowances under NER300 scheme has raised fresh funds for investment in clean energy


Categories: Climate Change News

Green trucks, green cars, and green canals all set for EU boost

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

European Parliament backs a raft of reforms designed to cut emissions and fuel use across the transport sector


Categories: Climate Change News

European Parliament approves green reporting rules for 6,000 firms

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Large companies across the EU to face new non-financial reporting regulations, after long-awaited rules are passed by MEPs


Categories: Climate Change News

Reports: China poised to beef up national Environmental Protection Law

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Reuters' reports suggest reforms to national environmental law will provide officials with sweeping new powers to tackle polluters


Categories: Climate Change News

Assertive PassivSystems plots expansion plan

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

With a £12m IPO in the pipeline the UK-based building energy management specialist is preparing to heat up the green home market


Categories: Climate Change News

James Cameron: Clean tech has to promise an alluring transformation

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Climate Change Capital chairman argues that the exciting clean technologies offered by the automotive sector prove green products can be better than the alternatives they replace


Categories: Climate Change News

Cisco and Amsterdam's plan to make a green city smart

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

What happens when one of the world’s greener, smarter cities meets the hyper-connected world? We’re about to find out


Categories: Climate Change News

Toxics Across America appendices

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:35am
Document Type: ReportDate: April 15, 2014Toxics Across America appendices
Categories: Climate Change News

Toxics Across America report

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:58am
Document Type: ReportDate: April 15, 2014A new report by EDF tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders.
Categories: Climate Change News

Toxics Across America

EDF publications - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:56am
Who Makes the Billions of Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Flowing Through the U.S. Economy Each Year

A new report by EDF, Toxics Across America [PDF], tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause increasingly common disorders, including certain cancers, developmental disabilities, and infertility.

Our new report looks at 120 chemicals that have been identified by multiple federal, state and international officials as known or suspected health hazards. Using the latest, albeit limited, data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we identify which of these chemicals are in commerce in the U.S.; in what amounts they are being made; which companies are producing or importing them; where they are being produced or imported; and how they are being used.

An interactive online map accompanying the report lets the user access the report's data and search by chemical, by company, by state, and by location.

Among the report's key findings:

  • At least 81 of the chemicals on the list are produced or imported to the US annually in amounts of one million pounds or more.
  • At least 14 exceed one billion pounds produced or imported annually, including carcinogens such as formaldehyde and benzene, and the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA).
  • More than 90 chemicals on the list are found in consumer and commercial products. At least eight are used in children's products.

Most Americans assume that somebody is regulating these chemicals to make sure we're safe. In fact, thanks to gaping loopholes in federal law, officials are virtually powerless to limit even chemicals — such as those featured in our report — we know or have good reason to suspect are dangerous. Because none of us has the power to avoid them on our own, we need stronger safeguards that protect us from the biggest risks and give companies that use these chemicals a reason to look for better alternatives.

The good news is that Congress is working on bipartisan legislation that — if done right — would require greater evidence of safety for both chemicals already in use and new chemicals before they enter the market. And by driving development of and access to more chemical safety data, it would give not only government but also product makers and consumers much more of the information they need to identify and avoid dangerous chemicals, and strengthen incentives to develop safer alternatives.

Download the report Main report Adobe Reader [PDF] Report appendices Adobe Reader [PDF] Interactive Map

Search the Toxics Across America data by chemical, company and location.

Focus Area: HealthPublication Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014Content Role: Report
Categories: Climate Change News

Abundance Generation launches new solar schools project

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:18am

Leading green crowd-funding platform promises seven per cent rate of return from latest solar rooftop project


Categories: Climate Change News

Coalition beefs up Garden Cities plan

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:41am

New prospectus and funding aims to help local communities move forward with garden city proposals


Categories: Climate Change News

Global clean tech investment enjoys encouraging first quarter

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:33am

Latest figures from Clean Energy Pipeline reveal 14 per cent increase in investment during first three months of the year


Categories: Climate Change News

Africa: Climate Change Mitigation Must Benefit the Poor, Aid Experts Say

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - International action to curb climate change must help poorer nations develop in a sustainable way that eases poverty and brings additional benefits such as better health and employment, aid and climate experts have said.
Categories: Climate Change News

China’s Wind Energy Capacity Tops 92 GW With 16 GW Addition In 2013

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Cleantechnica - In 2013, China witnessed yet another year of impressive wind energy capacity addition. While the total capacity added was off the peak levels seen a couple of years ago, the Asian giant still managed to add 45% of all the wind energy capacity added in 2013.
Categories: Climate Change News

EU Nations Said to Set Next Carbon-Market Overhaul Talks in June

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Bloomberg - European Union governments will hold further discussions in June about a proposal to make supply in the world’s biggest carbon market more flexible, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Categories: Climate Change News

Ex-U.N. climate chief installed as new head of GGGI

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Yonhap - A former head of the United Nations' climate change agency began his term on Tuesday as the new director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Seoul-initiated international green growth entity said.
Categories: Climate Change News

DENR issues ECC for 68.8 MW Manolo Fortich Hydro Project

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Sun.Star Davao - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X has granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc.’s proposed hydropower facility in the province.
Categories: Climate Change News

IMF, World Bank push carbon pricing

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:14am
Source: The Australian - The leaders of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have called upon finance ministers to "tackle the issue of carbon pricing," Fairfax reports.
Categories: Climate Change News
Syndicate content