Day: 29 October 2004
Government gives in to polluters and allows for more emissions in NAP
The Government appears to have backed down on its pledge to put climate change at the centre of all its thinking by offering a re-notification, or amendment, of the national allocation plan (NAP) which will let polluters emit far more carbon dioxide than had previously been allowed.
UK business briefs: Welsh recycling up, UK wave power, Kitchen waste collection, Climate change theatre, Christmas mail train
Figures released today show a dramatic increase in recycling and composting in Wales, Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside Carwyn Jones said this week. The proportion of municipal waste being recycled or composted has risen from 12.7% in 2002-03 to 17.6% in 2003-04, excluding abandoned vehicles. Carwyn Jones said: "This is excellent news and confirms my belief that we are successfully changing the way we deal with our rubbish in Wales."
International business briefs: EPA encourages energy efficiency, Campbell reappointment, NASA blows whistle on Bush, Siemens goes green, Environmental engineers honoured
As temperatures drop this autumn, the US Environment Protection Agency is encouraging Americans to save energy, reduce utility bills and protect the environment by increasing the energy efficiency of their home heating systems. The average household spends US$1,500 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. EPA estimates that if one in 10 American households used heating and cooling equipment that has been awarded with the energy efficiency Energy Star label, the change would prevent an estimated 17 billion lbs in greenhouse gas emissions.
European business briefs: Irish flood alert, Porsche could build hybrid car, Environmental conference, Spanish wind monopoly, Danish statistician in climate change row
Irish Local Authorities in all vulnerable flood areas have been requested to prepare for the worst by the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government, and were urged to have staff, equipment and materials ready to deal with flood problems. Local Authorities were also requested to have civil defence units on standby. The Environment Minister contacted County Managers or their designated alternates in all flood areas requesting a report of problems and an indication as to how the Local Authorities were coping with problems in their area. In all cases the Local Authorities indicated that they were coping with any problems arising from the weather conditions.
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