Environmental and "green" buzz words of the week (February 14-19).
180 - the number of coastal cities in the United States of America that could be under threat from rising sea levels by 2100 according to a new report. (
Aker Island - oil from a grounded tanker has come ashore on the Norwegian coast near the nature reserve of Aker Island. ( Herald Sun)
Aquascape - the head office of American company Aquascape had what was considered the 'largest sloping green (environmentally friendly)' roof in North America - until it collapsed this week. (Chicago Tribune)
Boeing - the aviation company unveiled the new 747-8 intercontinental earlier this week: the giant airliner produces 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger and has a 16 percent better fuel economy than the widely used Boeing 747-400. ( Environmental Leader)
Chalazodes - the Chalazodes Bubble-nest frog is one of 15 frog species previously thought to be extinct found by scientists in remote locations across the globe this week. ( National Geographic)
Chevron - in a historic ruling, the US oil giant Chevron has been fined $8.6 billion by an Ecuadorian court for polluting part of the Amazon's rivers. Pablo Fajardo, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, himself grew up in extreme poverty working in the oil fields. ( BBC news)
Freshkills Park - the world's largest landfill located close to Staten Island is to be transformed into a nature reserve - the largest green space of its kind in New York City. ( Inhabitat)
Harvard - a study conducted by researchers at Harvard has found that if coal's cost were fully accounted for in environmental and public health damages then the price of coal-generated electricity would triple. (
One million - China announces plans to make electric vehicles a 'national priority' and put one million electric cars on the road every year by 2015. ( Guardian)
Porsche - the luxury sports car manufacturer has unveiled three electric prototypes of the iconic Porsche Boxster known as the Porsche Boxster E. ( Green Autoblog).
Tokyo - the Japanese capital was named the 'greenest' city in the Asia-Pacific region this week by consulting company Solidance. ( Independent)
Vending machines - in an effort to boost recycling, the Taiwanese government has passed a law stating that business operating vending machines must place a litter bin close to each machine. ( Focus Taiwan)