It is organized by the Alliance pour la planète, a French-based umbrella organization of several environmental associations. All you have to do is turn out all your lights for 5 minutes, February 1st, between 7:55pm and 8:00pm. This action is basically destined to attract media attention, as well as to create awareness amongst the population and the decision makers. The idea is to show political leaders and candidates that Climate Change is an issue which is on the forefront of citizens concerns for 2007.
Why February 1st? On that day, the United Nations will publish their new report on Climate Change.
Air-freighted food may lose organic label: from the Guardian: Is organic food "organic" if it's flown from a thousand miles away? Yes if you consider only its healthfulness, but if low environmental impact is part of being organic, maybe no. A week ago, I mentioned Giles Cohen, the British restaurant critic who rates organic food postitively and hands out demerits if served imported bottled water. Along the same lines, the curiously named Soil Association (oh, them droll British! It's the "UK's leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health," ) goes along:
Food imported to the UK by air may be denied the lucrative "organic" label under proposals being put forward today by the Soil Association.
The UK's main organic certification body is concerned about the "food miles" involved in importing goods by air, which, environmentalists argue, contribute to global warming.
Supermarkets typically charge more for food labelled organic and many customers are increasingly favouring goods which have not been treated with pesticides and other chemicals.
California Air Regulators Enact First U.S. Statewide Ban on Dry-Cleaning Chemicals: The story is that dry-cleaning utilizes a very toxic chemical, perchloroethylene, which also contaminates soil (which is why setting up in a former dry-cleaners is an expensive clean up.) There is more environmentally friendly dry-cleaning, but not widely available.
In New York, there's Green Apple Dry Cleaners who use CO2 based cleaning, and pick-up and deliver!
California regulators have enacted the United States' first statewide ban on the most common chemical used by dry cleaners, pleasing environmentalists but worrying some small businesses.
By 2023, no more dry-cleaning machines that use the toxic solvent perchloroethylene, a potential carcinogen, will be permitted in the state.
The regulation by the California Air Resources Board will phase out the fluid next year, banning dry cleaners from buying machines that rely on the solvent. The state's 3,400 dry cleaners who now use it must get rid of machines that are 15 years or older by July 2010.
"Dry cleaners have known this is a problem for quite some time," board member Dorene D'Adamo said. "There is a cost to society, and believe me, taxpayers are paying for it."
Warming to Raise Seas for 1,000 Years: Alister Doyle, story
World sea levels will keep rising for more than 1,000 years even if governments manage to slow a projected surge in temperatures this century blamed on greenhouse gases, a draft U.N. climate report says.
The study, by a panel of 2,500 scientists who advise the United Nations, also says that dust from volcanic eruptions and air pollution seems to have braked warming in recent decades by reflecting sunlight back into space, scientific sources said. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish its report, the most complete overview of climate change science, in Paris on Feb. 2 after a final review. It will guide policy makers combating global warming.