Day: 14 June 2002
Preparation conference for Johannesburg fails on new renewable energy and sanitation targets
The fourth and final preparation conference (Prep Com IV), held in Bali in the run up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in August, consisted of a minority of nations blocking firm commitments on issues such as renewable energy and sanitation, according to enraged environmentalists. Governments and the UN, however, are more optimistic about the prospects for a positive outcome at Johannesburg.
New carbon dioxide recovery equipment claims to reduce emissions by 90%
Newly developed carbon dioxide recycling and recovery equipment can reduce flue gas CO2 emissions by 90%, and is 20% more efficient than conventional technology of this type, claim the Japanese developers - industrial technology company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO).
Ozone recovery could be hampered by climate change
Scientists monitoring the health of the ozone layer following the ban of chlorofluorocarbons are being urged to take more account of the impact of climate change by the author of a new NASA study, which suggests that by 2030, climate change effects will overtake CFCs as the main source of ozone depletion.
Irish industry and government pact to reduce sulphur emissions
In an effort to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions the Irish government has signed an agreement with the principal national solid fuel importer, Solid Fuel Trade Group (SFTG), to reduce the sulphur content of bituminous coal and petcoke, as well as further extending the ban to sell bituminous coal to additional areas in Ireland.
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