DAILY GREEN NEWS & VIEWS
20 December 2010 (Monday)
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Bolivia to file post-Cancun lawsuit
While environmentalists generally supported the final accord reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, which came to an end last week, many still held reservations. Critics said that although the agreement represented a step forward in multilateral negotiations, it did not do enough to effectively combat climate change. Yet few of the 194 nations in attendance at the Mexican summit opposed the final accord so vocally as the South American nation of Bolivia. The majority voted in favor of reaching some compromise and postponing further discussion to the next summit in South Africa. "Bolivia has made it clear that the results of Cancun don't comply with the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change,"
Ecology group pushes for safer toys this Xmas
With just days to go before Christmas, an ecological group asked the government to take steps to ensure only safe toys are sold in bargain centers and stores. EcoWaste Coalition noted shops and vendors in Divisoria and shopping malls enjoy a brisk sale ahead of Christmas next week. “The government is responsible for recalling toys that have not passed quality and safety standards, including product-labeling requirements. Toys that pose choking, laceration, poking, strangulation, and chemical-poisoning threats to young children should be withdrawn from store shelves without delay," EcoWaste president Roy Alvarez said
California approves first broad US plan versus climate change
SAN FRANCISCO: California has approved the most sweeping US plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, acting on its own against climate change as proposed nationwide plans flounder in Washington. The largest US state, which would be the world’s eighth largest economy if a country, will from 2012 start a “cap-and-trade” system under which industry will be required to cut emissions but can trade credits on a new market.
Anti-Arroyo coup plotter heads environment law enforcers
MANILA, Philippines—Retired Major General Renato Miranda, one of the top military officials who faced charges relating to a 2006 attempt to overthrow the Arroyo government, has officially joined the Aquino political family. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje recently made official Miranda's assignment as chief of the Environmental Law Enforcement Task Force (ELETF) in an order issued December 13. “In the interest of service pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2010-15 dated October 4, on strengthening the Environmental Law Enforcement Task Force, (Miranda) is hereby designated as Head of the ELETF,” Paje's Special Order said. He also assigned 12 former military personnel to the group, which will be under the Office of the Secretary.
First Holdings eyeing buildup in renewable-energy portfolio
MANILA, Philippines - Lopez-led First Philippines Holdings Corp. (FPHC) plans to boost its renewable-energy portfolio, with top officials on Thursday baring plans to invest at least $400 million to build new hydroelectric and wind power facilities in the country over the next few years. The move also comes as the conglomerate, through subsidiary First Gen Corp., continues to consider its options on the decision of partner BG Group Plc. to sell a 40% stake in two natural-gas plants to Korea Electric Power Corp.
Cebu City Hall gets summons for eco violations
CEBU City Hall has been summoned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 for the continued operation of the Inayawan Sanitary Landfill. City Department of Public Services (DPS) chief Dionisio Gualisa said the DENR wants to discuss with them all the violations the City committed in operating the landfill. The DENR also wants to give the City some recommendations.
ERC to draft new rules on nuclear power rates
Manila, Philippines - The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said it is ready to draft new rules on the reate structure for nuclear power development once government approves a nuclear energy program.
Philippine Senate President in favor of nuclear power development
Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile: "I am in favor of it. In fact, my host in China when I went there, Mr. Liu, who is the head of the State Grid of China, the biggest corporation in China. They are anticipating the future and they are now going to construct many nuclear plants. Why? Because fossil fuel is not infinite, it is a finite material and sometime in the future this will be gone. Coal will be very expensive, fossil fuel like diesel, crude, bunker would be very expensive.... so they want their people to be assured of a better life so they're going to construct more nuclear plants. But in our case, we are afraid. The environmentalists ask: "where are you going to stock pile the fuel and spent fuel?" If other countries can do it, why can we not do the same thing?"
Driving ambitions for electric vehicles in Philippines
Manila, Philippines (CNN) -- Quietly cutting through the chronic traffic of Manila, the sprawling capital city of Philippines, is a fleet of brightly colored electric vehicles. Can these e-jeepneys -- eco-friendly versions of the iconic Philippine form of public transport -- lead the country towards a clean, green future? Red Constantino believes so. He's the Executive Director of the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities, the NGO behind the 20 vehicles currently driving around the area of Makati.
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