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NZ Research Finds Way to Detect Cadmium in Soil

Researchers from New Zealand has found a way to predict levels of cadmium – a potential threat to human health – in soil. The team from New Zealand’s Lincoln University, published Cadmium Concentrations in New Zealand Pastures: Relationships to Soil and Climate Variables in the Mar. 21, 2014 edition of the Journal of Environmental … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NRC Approves Reactor, China Air Pollution Standards, NZ Bans UN Offsets

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission unanimously approved a new nuclear reactor design, the Westinghouse AP1000, to be used at two American utilities projects in South Carolina and Georgia. The Westinghouse AP1000 is a 1,154-megawatt that reactor relies more on forces like gravity and natural heat convection and less on pumps, valves and … Read more »

California ARB Delays Cap-and-Trade Start

California’s proposed cap-and-trade program will be delayed by a year, the state’s Air Resources Board has announced. CARB chairwoman Mary Nichols said the delay to the program’s start date, from January 2012 to January 2013, was because of the “need for all necessary elements to be in place and fully … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: NZ Soils, Reach, Dekra

New Zealand’s environment minister, Nick Smith, has announced a new national environmental standard on contaminated soil, Scoop.co.nz reports. Smith said that councils need more clarity on which sites pose a health risk, and the National Environment Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health will help … Read more »

New Zealand Launches Energy-Efficiency Initiative for Tourism

The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) have launched a new energy-efficiency initiative aimed at improving the environmental performance of tourism businesses by reducing their energy use, reports Business.Scoop. The free energy-efficiency package worth about $3,000, offered to a limited number of … Read more »

China Sets Emissions Reduction Target

China will cut its “carbon intensity” or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, reports the Wall Street Journal. This follows the U.S. pledge to cut GHG emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 … Read more »

Consensus: No Climate Deal at Copenhagen

The decision by some world leaders to not seek a binding climate change agreement in Copenhagen has dealt a significant setback to efforts leading up to December’s meeting, reports the Wall Street Journal. Instead, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has proposed to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders a politically … Read more »

Aside from U.S., Rich Nations to Cut CO2 Emissions 15-21%

Industrialized nations excluding the United States will cut greenhouse gas emissions between 15 and 21 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 under a new U.N. climate pact, reports Reuters. This means emissions by the 39 industrialized nations will drop between 10.71 and 9.86 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in … Read more »

Smart Meters Get Mixed Reviews

As smart electricity meter programs start to roll out globally, there are some grumblings about a lack of standards and government regulation, as well as the use of low-tech meters, in some cases, that don’t incorporate the needed functionality to help reduce energy consumption and costs. In New Zealand, for … Read more »

U.S, Canada and New Zealand Start May Ease Carbon Policies

Illustrating the difficulty that countries are experiencing in their attempts to reduce and set carbon emission goals to lesson their impact on global climate change, several nations including the United States may start to backpedal on their goals. As an example, Senate Agriculture Committee chairman said the climate bill, currently … Read more »

Mitsubishi Has Big Plans for Electric Vehicles

Mitsubishi says its will boost its production target for i-Miev electric cars to 20,000, and it also plans to more than double its lithium ion battery output, according to a Reuters video. Mitsubishi is planning a big introduction of electric cars to New Zealand, while Nissan is attempting to tie … Read more »

San Diego, New Zealand Look at Smart-Grids for Powering Cars

Nissan and San Diego Gas & Electric are partnering toward an electric vehicle charging network. The network is touted as a zero-emission mobility model. In 2010, Nissan will start selling electric vehicles in the United States, with global production slated for 2012, according to a press release. Nissan’s EV Prototype … Read more »