Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

The greening of brownfields

Read the full story in the Portland Oregonian.

As buildable sites dwindle, developers turn to contaminated land.

Chemical used in water bottles linked to prostate cancer

Read the full article in the Globe and Mail.

Researchers in the U.S. have linked exposures to trace amounts of bisphenol A, a widely used chemical that leaks from many plastics products, to prostate cancer in animal experiments.

These Plates and Bowls Serve the Environment

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

Compostable products are a tiny fraction of America’s $8-billion-to-$12-billion-a-year container and packaging industry, but demand is growing.

Ozone's Impact on Public Health: Contributions from Indoor Exposures to Ozone and Products of Ozone-Initiated Chemistry

Reviews Weschler C. 2006. Environ Health Perspect: doi:10.1289/ehp.9256. [Online 8 June 2006]

Worldwatch Institute and Blue Moon Fund Launch "Eye On Earth"

Today, the Worldwatch Institute launched “Eye on Earth” in partnership with the blue moon fund, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based foundation focused on elevating the human condition in the web of life. Eye on Earth, which will be closely linked to the Institute’s award-winning World Watch Magazine, is a news update service offering broader context to critical world more

Biofuels: Miracle Cure or Path to Greater Destruction?

Read the full story at the Worldwatch Institute.

According to officials with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), rapidly rising oil prices and the growing urgency of climate change could spur a major international shift to bio-energy use in little more than a decade.

Corporations Make Case for Mandatory Carbon Caps

Read the full story from the Worldwatch Institute.

Although the United States has not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, many U.S. corporations are realizing that taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions makes good business sense.

Biofuels Provide Opportunities for Developing Countries, Says Wolfowitz

Read the full article from the Worldwatch Institute.

At a Capitol Hill conference yesterday to discuss the findings of a new global study on biofuels, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz spoke about the importance of expanding the large-scale production of these fuels—which include ethanol and biodiesel—in a world where 1.6 billion people lack access to basic energy supplies.

The Dirty Truth About Green Fuel

Read the full article on AlterNet.

Agribusiness giants want to produce the ‘green fuel of the future’ with their dirty coal-fired power plants. The Bush administration is eager to help.

Wal-Mart, GE, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Via Treehugger:

Wal-Mart has submittted an 11-page position statement to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). You read that correctly. Wal-Mart formally commented on a regional governmental project designed to find acceptable means of setting and achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction limits over a large portion of the US.

From the RGGI website: “The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or “ReGGIe”) is a cooperative effort by 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to discuss the design of a regional cap-and-trade program initially covering carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the region. In the future, RGGI may be extended to include other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and greenhouse gases other than CO2”.

The list of organizations sending comments to the RGGI is lengthy, but does not include USEPA or USDOE. As the US Federal government does not yet “do” climate, it falls upon consortia of states and local government, industries, and NGO’s to do the heavy planning. Read the full article.

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