Environment

Indian Minister Backs Unconditional CO2 Cuts for the Country

October 19, 2009 / No Comments

India currently is the fourth largest emitter of carbon in the world, and has so far resisted any binding emission targets under an international agreement. India, and the Group of 77 developing nations have been opposing such binding targets unless they come tied with financial and technological support from developed nations which have so far led in carbon emissions.

GrassRoots Recycling Network Hosts Third National Recycling and Zero Waste Conference

October 14, 2009 / 3 Comments

Here's a statistic that I bet will surprise you: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that for every one barrel of residential trash, 71 more were created before the products that produced that waste reached consumer households. What's more, a new report from the EPA shows that ordinary consumer products and packaging account for 44% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Can you imagine ...

Houseplants Reduce Ozone Inside the Home

October 9, 2009 / 1 Comment

[caption id="attachment_6703" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Indoor plants for a brighter day?"][/caption] In my past I used to specialize in raising dried flower arrangements.  Yes, I said raise.  I would take healthy plants water them, subject them to vast amounts of cigarette smoke and then neglect them.  They would dry out and die.  Eureka!  Instant dried flowers. As I matured, I saw the benefits ...

Rio 2016 Olympic bid includes planting trees

October 2, 2009 / No Comments

Brazilians have planted some 46,000 trees to neutralize all of the carbon emitted during Rio de Janeiro's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In fact, concern for the environment is one of the pillars of the Rio 2016 bid, and the saplings are part of the state government’s “Rio 2016 Zero Carbon” project. In all, Rio 2016 will ...

Chicago 2016 Olympic bid is blue-green

October 1, 2009 / 2 Comments

Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics is bold. It’s exciting. And, it’s green. In fact, Chicago 2016 organizers even call their concept of the Olympics the “Blue-Green Games.” Blue for clean air and water. And, green for parks and nature. Together, the blue and green combine to create the ideal conditions necessary for optimal athletic performance. What’s more, Chicago 2016 organizers have ...

Earthquake strikes Peru and Bolivia

September 30, 2009 / 1 Comment

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 has struck southeastern Peru near Bolivias's capital of La Paz. [caption id="attachment_6553" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Map of Peru"][/caption] You can see all the seismic details from the US Geological Survey here. And, click here for a map of the area. Reuters is reporting that the quake was not felt by witnesses in the area, and there are no reports ...

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issues a tsunami watch for Hawaii

September 29, 2009 / No Comments

Officials are keeping a watch on Hawaii's shoreline and asking boaters there to secure their vessels after a large earthquake shook the Pacific and sent a tsunami into Pago Pago in American Samoa earlier today. [caption id="attachment_6539" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Slow motion tsunami"][/caption] The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a  tsunami watch for the Hawaiian Islands. You can read the details of the ...

Apple Looking at a Comprehensive Green Way

September 28, 2009 / 1 Comment

[caption id="attachment_6534" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="A greener apple ..."][/caption] Gadget makers have often been accused of being wasteful and excessive, leading to giant carbon footprints. Organizations like Greenpeace have been very vocal of these practices and now even consumers are beginning to take notice. Apple, like other companies, has moved to reduce its carbon footprint, and has vowed to reduce it dramatically over ...

Nature Conservancy Launches Web Campaign to Educate and Inspire Action About Climate Change

September 27, 2009 / No Comments

Did you know that the carbon emissions caused by deforestation are greater than those caused by the entire global transportation sector? The Nature Conservancy wants to equip you with facts like this so you can start thinking about the solutions that nature holds for slowing carbon emissions and dealing with the effects of climate change. In fact, last week, the Nature ...

Green Olympiad 2009, TERI International Environment Quiz Programme

September 11, 2009 / 12 Comments

The Green Olympiad 2009, Teri quiz an international environment quiz programme will begin in India from Sept 12 ,2009. The Energy and Resources Institute , TERI in association with the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests  organizes Green Olympiad every year. Students  from class 8th to class 10th from any country in the world are eligible to participate in Green Olympiad ...