Green-News: Monday 12.15.08
- Mexico pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, making it one of the few developing countries to set such a goal. They’ll use solar power, wind power and other clean technologies to meet the mark. Officials hope other countries follow; via the Associated Press.
- The U.N. will allocate millions of dollars to help poor nations reduce emissions and adapt to climate change conditions, like droughts and floods. The money will come from a 2% levy on investments industrial nations make on green projects worldwide; from the Associated Press.
- More global warming news, the E.U. has reached a unanimous agreement on the “20-20-20” climate package. Under the plan, nations will decrease greenhouse emissions by 20% by 2020, make 20% energy savings and increase renewable energy usage by 20%; the AFP reports.
- While some large corporations, such as IBM and Dell, are improving operations to reduce greenhouse gases, many U.S. companies are “largely ignoring” the problem. Out of a possible grade of 100, the median score was 38. IBM scored 79 and Dell scored 77; more from the AFP.
- The EPA has launched its list of the “Most Wanted” environmental fugitives. Violators include a man who dumped his tanker truck into Little Beaver Creek in Ohio. And a father and son team who illegally imports cars into the U.S. that do not meet emission standards; via DiscoBlog.
- A disgraced tanker captain in South Korean was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $13,990 for criminal neglect when his ship caused the country’s worst oil spill, causing $500 in damages and polluted a wide expanse of shoreline. The spill destroyed the oyster business; from ENN.
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