[GRRN] [earthsystems.org News] January 11, 2000

From: Shay Mitchell (shay@earthsystems.org)
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 13:25:15 EST

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    The French government is proposing a tax on carbon emissions that would
    help the country meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions under
    the Kyoto climate change treaty. Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's
    legislative package, to be presented next week, will include the tax, which
    would take effect in 2001 and apply to France's state-owned power utility,
    makers of steel, cement, and glass, and other industries. Jospin's package
    will also contain about 100 other measures intended to cut greenhouse gas
    emissions, including a plan to reduce the use of cars in urban areas.
    Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the French government will announce its plan to
    help restore the nation's forests, which were devastated by December wind
    storms that destroyed about 300 million trees.

    straight to the source: Planet Ark, Reuters, 01.10.00


    straight to the source: San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner, Associated Press, 01.09.00


    straight to the source: Nando Times, Agence France Presse, 01.09.00


    (earthsystems.org editor: Remember how fast a carbon tax went down the tubes
    when Gore introduced it in the US? Be interesting to see how it goes in
    France, a better chance of passing we think)


    Ford will announce today that it has created an independent brand, Th!nk,
    that will develop and market low-pollution and electric-powered vehicles,
    as well as battery-powered bicycles. Th!nk, named after an electric car
    produced by a Norwegian company that Ford bought last year, will soon begin
    selling bikes and an electric golf-cart-like vehicle over the Internet as
    well as at dealerships. Ford has said it is committed to getting a
    gas-electric hybrid sedan car to market by 2003. Meanwhile, the Sierra
    Club on Friday gave its first-ever endorsement of a car to the Honda
    Insight, a 70-mile-per-gallon, gas-electric hybrid that went on sale in the
    U.S. in December.

    straight to the source: USA Today, James R. Healey, 01.10.00

    straight to the source: New York Times, Associated Press, 01.10.00

    straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, John O'Dell, 01.08.00


    Saying there may be evidence of global warming, DaimlerChrysler withdrew
    yesterday from the Global Climate Coalition, an industry group that argues
    against the reality of climate change. Still, DaimlerChrysler -- like
    Ford, which withdrew from the coalition last month -- said it will continue
    to oppose the Kyoto climate change treaty, which would require
    industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
    DaimlerChrysler's decision is another major blow to the coalition, which is
    comprised of more than 40 corporate members, including General Motors, oil
    companies, and mining firms. Other high-level defectors from the industry
    group have included British Petroleum, Shell Oil, and Dow Chemical.
    Enviros applauded DaimlerChrysler's move. Dan Becker of the Sierra Club:
    "It's the middle of a stampede to the door that will sound the death knell
    of this very anti-environmental organization."

    straight to the source: Detroit News, David Mastio, 01.07.00


    see it only in Grist Magazine: Abandon ship! -- a cartoon about Ford's
    defection from the GCC



    Electricity deregulation is giving a boost to clean energy in Pennsylvania

    -- about a third of state residents who have chosen a new electricity
    supplier since the market opened have switched to renewable energy,
    according to officials at Conectiv Energy, which operates windmills in the
    state. Demand for wind energy has exceeded the company's supply, pushing
    Conectiv to construct more wind turbines. Green Mountain Energy recently
    broke ground on a $10 million wind farm in the state, with eight turbines
    that will produce enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. Last month,
    Conectiv teamed up with the Clean Air Council to offer photovoltaic panels
    free to Philadelphia-area schools, with the stipulation that the schools
    would buy from Conectiv any additional power needed beyond what the solar
    panels provide. This effort is helping to advance a federal program that
    aims to install solar systems on one million rooftops in the U.S.

    straight to the source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Tanaka, 01.06.00


    The massive Fresh Kills landfill, where New York City has dumped its
    garbage for 60 years, will be shut down two years from now, and city
    officials are already daydreaming about making the land into a large city
    park. The city's sanitation department has hired Steven Handel, a plant
    ecologist at Rutgers University, to study the possibilities for restoring
    the 3,000 acres into coastal plain woodlands and grasslands. Handel and
    his students are concentrating on finding out what native plants can thrive
    on the mounds of trash. With 6,000 landfills across the country all
    eventually faced with the problem of what to do after closing, Handel is in
    the forefront of a growing field in ecology.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Anne Raver, 01.06.00

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