A global shift toward obesity has serious climate consequences -- study
Expanding waistlines are not just tipping scales but may also push the mercury higher around the world, according to a new study. As humanity becomes more rotund, more resources are needed to cool, nourish and transport the extra weight, a trend that can contribute to climate change by requiring the consumption of more fossil fuels and resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions.
Support for mass transit and 'green' accounting moves ahead
Bank executives, investors, companies like Wal-Mart and Woolworths, and 57 countries yesterday pledged to measure their levels of wealth by the health of their natural resources. In an agreement spearheaded by the World Bank at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the countries and 86 private companies agreed to employ a "green" accounting system that values natural assets like clean air, water, forests and ecosystems along with traditional measures like gross domestic product.