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Stewart Brand: corporate propagandist?Guardian Unlimited | 10 Nov 2010
The environmentalist is refusing to retract false claims that there was a worldwide ban on pesticide DDT. Does his obstinacy mask a hidden, pro-corporate agenda elsewhere? Last week I gave Stewart Brand a simple challenge. In his book Whole Earth Discipline he claimed that the pesticide DDT "was...
David Cameron letting China off climate change hook, says LabourGuardian Unlimited | 07 Nov 2010
Official delegation heads for Beijing even as £14.4m fund set up to advise on alternatives to coal is slashed. David Cameron was accused last night of sending the wrong signals on climate change to China, the world's biggest polluter, as he prepared to lead the largest-ever official UK delegation to the country.
Is there a greener way to celebrate bonfire night?Guardian Unlimited | 03 Nov 2010
What are the best ways of reducing the environmental impacts of firework displays? Setting light to bonfires and sending fireworks up into the sky don't strike me as very environmentally friendly. Is there a better way to mark bonfire night? B Morley, by email: What? Like just ignoring it, you...
Camelford poisoning: 'water authority insisted supplies were safe'Guardian Unlimited | 01 Nov 2010
Inquest hears how water authority said there was no health risk after aluminium sulphate was dumped in wrong tank. A water authority instructed its communications centre to tell people their tap water was safe even as one customer reported that his hair was sticking together and others said the...
EU eyes new motorcycle rules to cut pollutionReuters | 04 Oct 2010
The European Commission wants European motorbikes to come with advanced braking systems, cleaner engines and daytime headlights from 2013 as part of a phased crackdown on road deaths and pollution.
EU clampdown on gas-guzzling vans suffers setbackReuters | 28 Sep 2010
Europe's efforts to wean itself off costly oil imports suffered a setback on Tuesday when a European Parliament panel threw out plans for speed-limiters on vans and light trucks. In the finely balanced vote, the parliament's environment committee approved the main goal of the regulation -- cutting van emissions by around 14 percent to an average of 175 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2016.
The bins that tidy | Owen HatherleyGuardian Unlimited | 24 Sep 2010
The fury such receptacles provoke is a measure of a society unable to confront the scale of its own waste. In Britain you can win a political argument by mentioning overflowing bins. Make the case as carefully as you like about the importance of strong unions, the pay and conditions of bin workers, debunk the myths of the winter of discontent - but the footage of mountainous binbags in Leicester Square, 1979, will still be the clincher.
Climate Committee warning over gas power stationsFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 18 Jun 2010
We must capture carbon to meet UK 2050 emissions target.Commenting on a letter from the Committee on Climate Change sent to Climate and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne yesterday (17 June 2010), which warned the UK will miss its legal target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 unless the Government takes action to reduce pollution from gas power stations, Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Mike Childs said:
British consumers unwitting users of fuel from tar sands, study saysGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2010
BP is upgrading refineries to process oil from tar sands British motorists are unwitting users of diesel and petrol derived from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, where carbon-heavy production methods make extraction particularly damaging to the environment, Greenpeace claims.
Garden ponds unwittingly polluted by tap waterGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2010
British garden ponds are unwittingly being polluted by people topping them up with tap water, a survey has found.Around half of 250 ponds examined are in "poorer" condition, three in 10 are "good" and only one in 10 was rated as "excellent", said the organisers of the Big Pond Dip, Pond Conservation.
Oil spill is BP's wake-up callGuardian Unlimited | 30 Apr 2010
As more oil drifts towards the Mississippi delta, we must hope that BP questions its future dependence on fossil fuelsSoon after taking over in 2007, BP's newly appointed chief executive told an audience of business students at Stanford University that he thought too many people at the company were "trying to save the world".
Industries hoarding emission permitsGuardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2010
Saved permits can be used to meet future targets to cut emissions without reducing pollutionCompanies across Europe are hoarding permits to produce greenhouse gas emissions worth hundreds of millions of pounds, the Guardian can reveal.The surplus credits have been amassed from over-allocation of...