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21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Senate Democrats Prep Team Girds for Climate Battle
ClimateWire: When the Senate debated climate change legislation earlier this decade, it generally was understood the bill had no chance of becoming law. Floor debates in 2003 and 2005 came about after high-profile senators forced votes to score political points and embarrass the George W. Bush administration. Just one committee wrote last year's cap-and-trade bill, which crashed on the floor and became a political liability for Senate Democrats. This time around, Senate Democrats are trying ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Canadian tar sands developers to face fresh legal challenge
Business Green: The Canadian tar sands industry became mired in yet more controversy this week following an international appeal for financial aid to support an indigenous community's legal battle against further development. The charitable trust fund has been set up to help the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, which claims that prospecting, strip mining and drilling for oil in their ancestral lands is polluting water supplies and damaging both human health and that of local wildlife. In the latter instance, ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
China wind turbine makers blow over foreign rivals
Business Green: China-based wind turbine manufacturers have overtaken foreign competitors in the race to supply domestic wind power projects for the first time -- a lead that is likely to widen due to the government's controversial "buy Chinese" procurement policy. According to figures from the state-run Chinese Wind Energy Association, domestic and Sino-foreign joint venture turbine makers accounted for 61.8 per cent of China's market share at the end of 2008, surpassing overseas producers for the ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
India refuses to set emissions reduction target despite US "pressure"
Business Green: The Indian government has insisted that it is under no obligation to set an emission reduction target, despite "pressure" to do so from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit to the subcontinent over the weekend. Indian environment minister Jairam Ramesh told Clinton that "there is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions". During an hour-long private meeting with Clinton, Ramesh ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
India says no to emission reduction
Guardian: India's minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh has ruled out the country's agreeing to specific targets for reducing carbon emissions. "There is simply no case for the pressure that we [India] -- who have among the lowest emissions per capita -- face to reduce emissions," Ramesh told visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (19 July). "And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the threat of carbon tariffs on our exports to countries such ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Activists reveal plan to storm Copenhagen climate summit
Guardian: A network of radical green groups is planning to disrupt the international climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December by invading the conference hall and stopping the talks, it has emerged. The anti-globalisation group Climate Justice Action has said it hopes to mobilise up to 15,000 protesters to storm the climate summit, and a large carbon dioxide emitter nearby, while negotiators try to thrash out a replacement for the Kyoto protocol. "We want to take over the summit ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Climate Change Effect: Warmer Waters Shrinking European Fish
Spiegel: A new study has found that Europe's fish are smaller than they have been in decades and the researchers believe global warming may be to blame. They warn that smaller fish could eventually have a domino effect on the food chain. European fish are getting smaller. Over the past two to three decades some varieties have lost almost half of their body weight. And while smaller fish now make up a greater percentage of all fish species, European fish stocks have also shrunk -- by around 60 ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Jet turbine could power hybrid electric car
Reuters: With a brief, muffled hiss of a jet engine, the test vehicle that an Israeli start-up hopes will be the future of the hybrid electric car, ignites. The car is built on the shell of a normal Toyota Prius, a top-selling gasoline-electric hybrid, but without the need for its internal combustion engine. Instead, an electric engine, containing a supercapacity battery and a micro-jet turbine engine, powers from the rear as it drives almost silently around a test track. With ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Giant Chinese dustball circles the Earth
Telegraph: A group of Chinese and Japanese scientists claimed that the dustball, which weighed 800,000 tons, was kicked up during a storm in 2007 in the Taklamakan desert. The desert, which is roughly the size of France, lies in China's far-Western Xinjiang province, and is fringed by mountains on three sides, including the Pamir mountains on the border with Afghanistan and the Karakoram range, an extension of the Himalayas. The dust ball was formed when a wind storm ripped across the ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
India: Hurdles Aplenty Before Nuclear Deal Goes Commercial
Inter Press Service: As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began talks with Indian officials in New Delhi on Monday to take a forward a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, signed by the previous Bush administration, it was apparent that there were many roadblocks to be cleared before deals worth an estimated 10 billion dollars are signed. Robert Blake, assistant secretary of state for South Asia, said last week, that the deal presented a "major opportunity for American companies, and opens up as ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
IPCC to increase focus on economic costs of climate change
Business Green: The economic and development impacts of climate change on specific regions and countries will lie at the heart of the UN's next official report on climate change, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed yesterday. Speaking at an event in New York to outline plans for the IPCC's fifth assessment, Rajendra Pachauri said that the focus of the next report would shift to pay more attention to both the financial implications of climate change and the ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Taiwan climate bill aims for end-2009 vote
Reuters: Legislators in Taiwan aim to pass an ambitious bill that would return the island's greenhouse gas emissions to pre-2000 levels by making factories clean up or pay, officials said on Tuesday. The Greenhouse Reduction Act, which stalled after being introduced in parliament in February last year because of industry opposition, passed the first round of voting in December and is seen moving toward a final vote as early as late 2009. The bill would also authorize Taiwan's first CO2 ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
IPCC Chief Raps G-8, Calls for Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts After 2015
ClimateWire: The chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change criticized the Group of Eight summit participants for ignoring the IPCC's scientific findings and the declaration that emerged from the 2007 U.N. climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, in which leaders agreed to work toward a new treaty limiting average global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. Though simultaneously praising the 2-degree commitment as "clearly a big step forward" in international talks, IPCC Chairman ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Senate agriculture panel begins to stake its claim in Climate Bill
ClimateWire: Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee will vet options this week for the sweeping energy and climate bill, which they are expected to play a significant role in shaping. The panel will have a hearing Wednesday to explore the role for agriculture and forestry in climate change legislation. They are scheduled to hear from two major farm groups on opposing sides of the debate and question senior Obama administration officials: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Polluters must pay for clean-up: Advani to Hillary
Economic Times: US secretary of state Hillary Clinton"™s efforts to push India to accept a legally binding cap on greenhouse gas emissions received no support from the leader of Opposition L K Advani. During their 35-minute meeting, Mr Advani made it amply clear to Ms Clinton that there was no way India would accept a cap on emissions. The visiting secretary of state also met with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Reiterating the principle of "œpolluters pay", Mr Advani said that the developed countries ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: UK urged to help end food shortages
Press Association: The UK has a "moral duty" to produce more food such as fruit, vegetables and grains to prevent the world from going hungry, MPs have said. With predictions that global food production will need to double by mid-century, the UK must help avert food shortages and the political instability they could lead to. But boosting production needs to be sustainable in order to tackle climate change and conserve the natural world, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
India, US to hold talks on climate change
Asian News International: India`s Special Envoy on Climate Change Systems Shyam Saran and his US counterpart Todd Stern will hold talks on climate change today. Stern, who was accompanying US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is staying back here for talks. Clinton is on her way to Thailand to attend an ASEAN meeting. The issue of climate change is said to have figured in the discussions Clinton had with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Clinton agreed with Indian concerns on climate change ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Japan hit by invasion of giant Nomura's jellyfish
Telegraph: The massive sea creatures, called Echizen kurage in Japanese, measure up to six feet (1.83 meters) in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds (204 kilos). For the past four summers, they have mysteriously materialised in the Yellow Sea off China and the Korean peninsula before drifting across into the Sea of Japan. They are expected to be at their most populous in the coming months. "The arrival is inevitable,' Professor Shinichi Ue, from Hiroshima University, told the Yomiuri ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Bangladesh: Drought threat for Bangladesh as monsoon fails
Agence France-Presse: A delay to Bangladesh's monsoon season is posing a severe risk of drought in the impoverished nation and threatening food supplies, officials warned Tuesday. Monsoon rains normally sweep Bangladesh from June to September and the South Asian country gets more than 75 percent of its annual rainfall during this period but a lack of rain is hampering crop potential. "For weeks there have been no rains in the northern and central districts, the country's main food belt. Tens of ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Canada: Climate change calls for land-use plan rethink
Times Colonist: The spectre of rising sea levels and ecological change from climate disruption show land-use plans for Vancouver Island and the B.C. coast will need to be revisited and recalibrated to account for rapid and unabated climate change. As reported in the journal Science in March, sustained atmospheric warming projected for the coming centuries could ultimately produce a worldwide rise in sea level of 12 metres compared with today's levels. In the shorter term, it is currently ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
India: NE faces worst-ever rainfall deficit in 30 years
Press Trust of India: North East India, which boasts of the world's wettest place, has witnessed the highest rainfall deficit in the last 30 years which meteorologists attribute to global warming. Official records till July 20 say Manipur has been worst affected recording 67 per cent deficient rainfall, followed by Meghalaya (-55), Nagaland (-62), Assam (-34), Mizoram (-31), Tripura (-30) and Arunachal Pradesh (-29). As a fall-out, summer temperatures have shot up by almost five degrees on an ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Canada: Coal giant offers cash for biggest clean rival
Toronto Star: Canada's biggest generator of dirty power has launched a $1.5 billion hostile bid for the country's leading developer of clean power, including the two largest wind farms in Ontario. Analysts say TransAlta Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. could be the first of many moves in an energy sector that sees big polluters trying to green up their assets, partly to limit their exposure to carbon-emission penalties once a national cap-and-trade system ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: Howard govt minister heads climate body
AAP: Former Howard government minister Robert Hill has been appointed to chair a new body to promote energy efficiency and tackle climate change. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told reporters in Brisbane Professor Hill would chair the Brisbane-based Australian Carbon Trust. "This will complement the location of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University, helping make Brisbane a hub of activity to tackle climate change in Australia," Mr Rudd ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
China must 'pay' to cut greenhouse gases - US
Reuters: China and other developing nations must help "pay" for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Monday, backing off a recent statement that put a greater burden on the United States. As the United States and other developed countries make costly commitments to address climate change, "developing countries like China must do the same," Locke told members of the Manufacturing Council, a private sector advisory ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Weaknesses In Chinese Wind Power
Forbes: Seeking to rein in its emissions of greenhouse gases, China is on an ambitious spending spree in wind power. The government is working on plans to shell out 1 trillion yuan ($146 billion) to build seven massive wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 120 gigawatts, roughly equal to the world's total installed wind power plants last year. The world's largest producer of carbon emissions has been doubling its wind power capacity every year since 2006; it was the world's ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: House timber a carbon catcher
Age: AUSTRALIANS' homes can help fight the threat of climate change because the timber in the houses stores lots of carbon, research shows. Almost 100 million tonnes of carbon is stored in timber in Australian houses, with about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent added each year as new houses are built, according to the research. The annual average of 2.05 million tonnes amounts to 0.4 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in 2006, according to the study, ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Australian Industry Group warns business not ready for emissions trading scheme
Australian: BUSINESS is confused about the proposed emissions trading scheme and worried about compliance costs and greenhouse red tape. Emissions confusion: A plane crosses the sky above the industrial area of Port Botany in Sydney. Picture: Bloomberg The results of new survey by the Australian Industry Group - seen as a government ally on the ETS - and consultants KPMG prompted the leading business group to warn that greenhouse regulation is turning into a policy failure. The ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
India's ugly climate belly - emissions near tipping point
Telegraph (India): India will need to accelerate its pace towards clean energy despite its gauntlet that its per capita emissions of Earth-warming greenhouse gases (GHG) will never exceed those of the developed countries, energy analysts have said. Although India produces only 1.8 tonnes of emissions per person, compared to 22 tonnes per person in the US, its absolute emission levels are high -- India is the fifth largest emitter in the world after China, the US, the EU and Russia. Environment ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
New Zealand: Carbon credits may pay more than farming
Otago Daily Times: An ambitious high country carbon project is being investigated which, if it proves successful, those involved say could be the start of a new era for high country families, reports Sally Rae. Jim Morris likes referring to the orangutan theory. A chap in Borneo, having read about the money to be made in palm oil, heads out to cut down a patch of rainforest to plant palm oil trees. He is just about to strike the first blow with his axe when the local regional council ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Climate campaigners say EU carbon trading program may allow polluters avoid emissions cuts
Associated Press: Climate change campaigners claimed Monday that flaws in the European Union's carbon trading program could allow major polluters avoid any real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during the economic downturn. Cap-and-trade forms the main plank of EU efforts to slash carbon dioxide output by a fifth by 2020. Power plants and heavy industry are told to keep emissions under a limit and must buy extra pollution permits to release more. They can profit by selling them if they emit ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Children's IQ Can Be Affected By Mother's Exposure To Urban Air Pollutants, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily: Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child's intelligence quotient or IQ, according to new research by the the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health. PAHs are chemicals released into the air from the burning of coal, diesel, oil and gas, or other organic substances such as tobacco. In urban areas motor vehicles are a major source of PAHs. The ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
Spaced Out Trees Reduce Urban Pollution
ScienceDaily: A new study published in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management suggests that we can improve city environments by planting trees down the middle of streets provided they are not too close together. Christof Gromke now of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Switzerland, and Bodo Ruck of the Institute for Hydromechanics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, have investigated the effects of trees on ventilation and pollution levels ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
China dust cloud circled globe in 13 days
Reuters: Dust clouds generated by a huge dust storm in China's Taklimakan desert in 2007 made more than one full circle around the globe in just 13 days, a Japanese study using a NASA satellite has found. When the cloud reached the Pacific Ocean the second time, it descended and deposited some of its dust into the sea, showing how a natural phenomenon can impact the environment far away. "Asian dust is usually deposited near the Yellow Sea, around the Japan area, while Sahara dust ends ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Trend worsening for pollutant in 16 national parks
Associated Press: A pollutant that can slowly trigger changes in the lives of plants and animals is increasingly being found in 16 National Park Service sites, mostly in the Western United States. Air quality data obtained by The Associated Press shows significant worsening trends for ammonium in several flagship parks, including Yellowstone, Mount Rainier and Utah's Canyonlands. Ammonium is often linked with fertilizers, agricultural operations and urban pollution. Rich in nitrogen, the ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Climate engineering research gets green light
New Scientist: Hacking the planet to rein in humanity's effect on the climate has been given a scientific stamp of approval. The umbrella body for meteorological scientists in the US is about to endorse research into geoengineering as part of a three-pronged approach to coping with climate change, alongside national policies to reduce emissions. New Scientist has seen the final draft of the American Meteorological Society's carefully worded position paper on geoengineering. The AMS is the ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Heat wave to test Southern California power grid
Reuters: The largest utility in southern California urged consumer on Monday to conserve power to help keep air conditioners running without interruption as hot weather sends demand soaring over the next few days. Temperatures in Los Angles will reach the low 90s Fahrenheit (low 30s Celsius) Monday and Tuesday with the humidity making it feel more like the low 100s F (high 30s C), according to AccuWeather.com. Edison International's Southern California Edison utility said its ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Fish are shrinking in response to global warming: study
Agence France-Presse: Fish have lost half their average body mass and smaller species are making up a larger proportion of European fish stocks as a result of global warming, a study published Monday has found. "It's huge," said study author Martin Daufresne of the Cemagref Public Agricultural and Environmental Research Institute in Lyon, France. "Size is a fundamental characteristic that is linked to a number of biological functions, such as fecundity - the capacity to reproduce." Smaller ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
UN panel to study impact of climate change on poor countries
Guardian: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN body of scientists drawn from around the world, will use its next assessment due in 2014 to look at how the impact of global warming is falling unequally on the poorest developing countries. Two hundred key members of the IPCC met in Venice last week to begin scoping out its fifth assessment. Rajendra Pachauri, the body's chairman, told reporters at the UN building in New York today that the panel was determined to increase its ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Top UN climate expert faults G-8 goal without deed
Associated Press: The chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said Monday that the Group of Eight nations had "clearly ignored" taking any concrete action to accomplish its new goal of limiting climate change. Rajendra Pachauri, whose scientific panel shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore in 2007, praised the G-8 summit in Italy this month for taking "a big step forward" by agreeing to limit the planet's average temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Global warming may be causing animals to shrink
Mongabay: Warming climate may favor small species over large ones, reports a study published Monday in the early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, based on analysis of body mass of fish, plankton, and bacteria in European ecosystems, comes just weeks after scientists reported that sheep on a Scottish island are shrinking due to warmer conditions. The new study, conducted by Martin Daufresne and colleagues from the Leibniz Institute for ... read more

21/07/2009 08:00 PM
The Big Question: Is Britain going to be at the centre of the 'green car' revolution?
Independent (UK): Because Nissan has said that production of electric car batteries will begin at its Sunderland plant, with the creation of 350 jobs. Some £200m will be invested over the next five years. Through the Regional Development Agency, millions more of taxpayers' money will be spent on all manner of green infrastructure projects to boost the North East as a "low-carbon economic area", including electricity charging points, a test track, an R&D facility linked to local universities, and a ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
IPCC chief: Benefits of tackling climate change will balance cost of action
Guardian: Measures needed to tackle global warming could save economies more money than they cost, the world's top climate change expert said today. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told the Guardian: "The cost could undoubtedly be negative overall." This is because of the additional benefits that reducing greenhouse gas emissions could bring, beyond limiting temperature rises. Until now, estimates of the price of preventing dangerous ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Hillary in Indian Climate Change Standoff
Business Week: Talk about a rough start. On a three-day visit to India, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jostled with India's environment minister for her suggestion that India consider curbs on its carbon emissions. Speaking on a tour of a so-called "green building" in Gurgaon, the boom-town-gone-silent on the outskirts of the Indian capital, Clinton offered a thought on India's role in the efforts against global warming. After admiring the double-glassed windows that kept the building cool ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
'Weedy' Bird Species May Win as Temperatures Rise
Physorg: Climate change is altering North American winter bird communities in ways that models currently favored by ecologists fail to predict. Based on patterns of animals found in different climate zones today, ecologists would expect that as habitats warm, numbers of species found there will increase, and that those species will be smaller in size and restricted to narrower geographic ranges. Ecologists at the University of California, San Diego have found that only one of those three ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Coal sales sink Rudd
Business Spectator: I thought it a tad ironic last week that, while the Prime Minister was using Al Gore and a new blog as props in his campaign for the August passage of the emissions trading scheme through the Senate, the miners of his home State were telling the world that they have chalked up 887.4 million tonnes of export coal sales in the past six years. By comparison, Queensland`s power generators have consumed about 140 million tonnes of coal in the same period. Even allowing for the ETS ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Australia needs many energy options: MP
Sydney Morning News: Australia needs a broad range of options to meet domestic and export demand for energy, federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson says. The options include coal, liquefied natural gas (LNG), alternate fuels, uranium, wind, solar and geothermal energy which all must be developed as quickly as possible, Mr Ferguson told the bi-annual QREX resources conference in Rockhampton on Monday. He said an insatiable thirst for energy meant its security was one of the main issues confronting ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Co-operative gives £53000 to Canadian Cree for tar sands lawsuit
Press Association: People in the UK are being urged to support a legal fight by a Canadian Cree community against "tar sands" – a form of fossil fuel which campaigners warn could help push the world into a climate disaster. The Co-operative Financial Services is backing the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, who are fighting the extraction of tar sands from their ancestral lands in the boreal forest of Alberta because of the damage it is doing to their environment. The Beaver Lake Cree claim the strip ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
World starts to act on climate change
New Scientist: IT'S like a giant game of Jenga. One by one, pieces of our green future are stacking up, some more precariously than others. At last week's summit in L'Aquila, Italy, leaders of the G8 declared formally for the first time that the world should not allow global temperatures to rise by more than 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. The group also backed Mexico's plan for a green fund to help the poorest countries develop clean-technology economies. Meanwhile, in London this week, ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon market trading rose 61% last year: study
MarketWatch: Trading in global carbon markets rose 61% last year, and European carbon trading during the first half of 2009 exceeded all of the activity during 2008, according to a report published Monday. International Financial Services, London, or IFSL, said global markets trading in carbon dioxide emissions last year rose 61% from 2007 to 4.81 billion metric tons, as opposed to 71% growth between 2006 and 2007. And trading in the European Union's Emissions Trading System rose to 3.2 billion ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Most Australian Businesses Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Bloomberg: Most Australian businesses plan to invest in technology that will reduce their carbon emissions as they prepare for the introduction of laws tackling climate change, a survey has found. Some 74 percent of companies have taken steps or plan measures in the next three years to manage their carbon footprint and 62 percent have invested in cleaner technologies or intend to, the survey of 400 businesses by the Australian Industry Group and accounting firm KPMG found. The government ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
New worry: HCFs chip in on global warming
United Press International: Scientists in the United States say hydrofluorocarbons, chemicals credited with helping save Earth's ozone layer, may be contributing to global warming. Some researchers fear HCFs are "super" greenhouse gases, far more capable than carbon dioxide of capturing heat. HCFs were developed as coolants for refrigerators and air conditioners after scientists determined that chlorofuorocarbons were eroding the protective ozone layer. The Washington Post said Sunday the ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Chemicals That Eased One Woe Worsen Another
Washington Post: The chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), were introduced widely in the 1990s to replace ozone-depleting gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foam. They worked: The earth's protective shield seems to be recovering. But researchers say what's good for ozone is bad for climate change. In the atmosphere, these replacement chemicals act like "super" greenhouse gases, with a heat-trapping power that can be 4,470 times that of carbon ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Australia Opposition Signals May Negotiate On Carbon Plan
Dow Jones: Australia's main opposition Liberal-National coalition signaled Monday it may be willing to negotiate with the government over its proposed carbon trading scheme, seeking changes that, if agreed by the government, could see the scheme passed into law when it is debated in Parliament next month. The coalition had previously been expected to vote down the controversial legislation in a finely-balanced upper house, the Senate, when it goes to a vote in the week beginning Aug. 11, setting ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic trek brings global warming into new focus
Contra Costa Times: When Jessica Whitlock asks her students what they did over summer vacation, little will they know she has an interesting story of her own to share. The Torrance resident, who will teach biology in the fall at Frederick Douglass Academy High School in Los Angeles, recently spent 10 days in the Canadian Arctic tundra studying climate change with a team of researchers and fellow teachers. "We got to live 10 days in the life of a researcher," Whitlock said. "It was ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
House climate bill was flooded with last-minute changes
LA Times: Less than 24 hours before the House approved its landmark energy and climate bill last month, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) got several paragraphs added to the 1,200-page measure -- additions expected to be worth millions of dollars to companies that install solar panels. About the same time, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) took the lead in adding another little-noticed provision to the legislation -- a section designed to prevent regulatory action she said could shut down the ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Fish 'shrinking due to global warming'
Agence France-Presse: FISH have lost half their average body mass and smaller species are making up a larger proportion of European fish stocks as a result of global warming, a study has found. 'It's huge,' said study author Martin Daufresne of the Cemagref Public Agricultural and Environmental Research Institute in Lyon, France. 'Size is a fundamental characteristic that is linked to a number of biological functions, such as fecundity -- the capacity to reproduce.' Smaller fish tend to ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon trading scheme 'target for scams'
Agence France-Presse: AUSTRALIA'S proposed carbon trading scheme will be an easy target for organised crime groups, a legal expert warns. The federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme aims to reduce Australia's carbon emissions through a cap and trade system. Under the proposed scheme, a company that pollutes less can sell credits to a company that needs to increase its emission allowance. Simon Harrison, a climate change law expert with Australian firm Herbert Geer, says the ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Taxing carbon gases a vital 1st step
Arizona Daily Star: The Tucson community has a clear stake in the national climate-change legislation now working its way through Congress. Though the Waxman-Markey bill is imperfect in several ways, it does deserve enactment for many reasons important to our community. Critics complain that the time frames for greenhouse-gas reductions in Waxman-Markey are too distant, that the emission reductions sought are inadequate, that the carbon-trading mechanisms are too unwieldy. Yet despite its flaws, ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Coal on the slide as renewables top 11 per cent of US power mix
Business Green: The renewable energy revolution under way in the US appears to be gathering pace according to new figures from the Energy Information Administration suggesting that zero carbon energy sources are successfully replacing fossil fuel-based forms of energy production. According to the Administration's July Electric Power Monthly report, green energy generation accounted for 11.1 per cent of total electricity production in the country between April 2008 and 2009. Input from ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
World's deserts getting greener despite global warming
Asian News International: Contrary to the assumption that global warming would cause an expansion of the world`s deserts, some scientists are predicting that water and life may slowly reclaim these arid places. According to a report by BBC News, the evidence is limited and definitive conclusions are impossible to reach, but recent satellite pictures of North Africa seem to show areas of the Sahara in retreat. It could be that an increase in rainfall has caused this effect. The Sahara is ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Tuvalu vows to go carbon neutral
BBC,: The tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu has said it wants all its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. Public Utilities Minister Kausea Natano said his nation of 12,000 people wanted to set an example to others. Tuvalu is made up of a string of atolls with the highest point only 4.5m (15 ft) above sea level, making it extremely vulnerable to flooding. The government hopes to use wind and solar power to generate electricity, instead of imported ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Uganda likely to lose all forest cover in 50 yrs
Stabroek News: Uganda will lose its entire forest cover in the next 50 years if the government does not embark on immediate efforts to halt rapid deforestation, a forestry expert warned yesterday. Forests and tree planting can help mitigate the effects of global warming by increasing carbon storage and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, experts say. Tropical deforestation accounts for a fifth of emissions from human activities. "We have been observing using satellite imagery that over the last ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India Gives Cold Shoulder to US on Climate Change Emission Caps
ABC: Hillary Clinton has been received with feverish media attention here in India on her first visit to the country as secretary of state, but the warm welcome did not win her any of the concessions she sought from New Delhi on climate change, a perennial dispute between the two countries. Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, in white, greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham... Indian Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, in white, greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon emissions trading system 'seriously flawed'
Guardian: The system of trading carbon emissions at the heart of the ambitious low-carbon plan announced by the government last week is seriously flawed and close to becoming irrelevant, according to researchers behind a new analysis. So-called "hot air" carbon credits – those which do not result in any actual emissions cuts – could be so numerous that companies covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme would not have to make any cuts to their own emissions until 2015, says the report from ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India resists hard limits on emissions during Clinton visit
CNN: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised India's efforts to reduce carbon emissions Sunday, but India's environment minister said the country won't agree to "legally binding" limits on greenhouse gases. Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh stands with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday in Gurgaon. Clinton toured the ITC Green Center in Gurgaon, outside the Indian capital, with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, and she praised India's efforts to boost ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Will not succumb to any pressure on climate change, India tells US
New Kerala: India today made clear to the United States that it would not succumb to any pressure to accept any mandatory cuts in its emission of Green House Gases(GHGs) that cause global warming leading to climate change. It told the US that it would not accept any measure that was not embedded in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Bali Action Plan. In his opening remarks at ITC Green Building Round Table on Green Technologies organised in ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
India Refuses to Bend to U.S. Pressure on Carbon Caps
Bloomberg: India won't bend to demands from the Obama administration or threats from the U.S. Congress to adopt legally binding caps on its carbon emissions, the country's environment minister told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday. "There is simply no case for the pressure" the U.S. is exerting, considering India produces among the lowest per capita emissions in the world, Minister Jairam Ramesh told Clinton during an unexpected discussion of climate negotiations during ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India to reveal nuke deal to Clinton: aides
Agence France-Presse: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped to seal a defence pact boosting US arms sales to India in talks here Monday that should also see agreement on the siting of two US nuclear reactors. On the business end of her five-day visit to India, Clinton met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and was to meet later with Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna for talks aimed at deepening strategic US ties with an emerging player on the world stage. Washington is especially hopeful of sealing a ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Global warming means continental crops could take root in Britain by 2030
Telegraph: A report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), suggests there could be unexpected benefits to climate change with exotic fruits and vegetables thriving. But native species, such as potatoes could suffers as average temperatures rise by around 2C by 2030. Experts predict that within two decades, southerly counties like Devon and Cornwall will be warm enough to support dates, a staple of the Middle East as well as chickpeas. figs, aubergines, peppers ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
France: Sarkozy pushes climate action
Agence France-Presse: French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UN chief Ban Ki-moon discussed a variety of key international issues, with a specific focus on climate change, at a working lunch in New York yesterday. During the lunch at the French consulate Sarkozy called for new action on environmental issues, which were a major part of discussions at this month's G8 summit in Italy. "We will fight, hand in hand, a battle against the consequences of climate change. We must create a global organization ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Canada: Causes mysterious as most 'prairie pothole' lakes slowly dry up and blow away
Canadian Press: Every spring, wardens at Elk Island National Park just east of Edmonton patrol the shores of Astotin Lake to clean up debris exposed by receding water. The junk that shows up on the ever-lengthening beach provides a kind of index for just how long it has been since water levels were that low. "This year, I found a tire from a Model A car," says Clayton Szafron. "It's kind of disconcerting." Astotin isn't alone. The verdant parkland between Edmonton and Saskatoon was once ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Tiny Tuvalu aims to be climate neutral by 2020
Associated Press: The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, already under threat from rising seas caused by global warming, vowed Sunday to do its part for climate change by fueling its economy entirely from renewable sources by 2020. The South Pacific nation of 12,000 people is part of a movement of countries and cities committed to going climate neutral. Since February 2008, 10 nations including New Zealand, Pakistan, Iceland and Costa Rica have vowed to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases as part of ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Fraudsters target tax on carbon credits
Telegraph: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has recently uncovered what is thought to be the first attempted UK tax fraud in the carbon emissions trading market. The tax dodge is a variation of the "carousel" VAT fraud. Carousel fraud, also known as "missing trader" fraud, has typically involved criminals importing goods such as mobile phones and computer chips VAT-free from European Union member states, selling the goods in the UK, including a VAT charge, and going missing without paying the VAT ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Scientists zoom in on carbon dioxide in NYC
Associated Press: Wade McGillis peered up at the structure propped like a high-tech stick figure -- minus the head -- on an elementary school roof. Then he examined the electronics attached to its spindly metal frame, looking out over the Harlem brownstones nearby and the skyscrapers farther away. Within 15 minutes, a graph spiked in his office eight blocks away. The abrupt peak marked the carbon dioxide the Columbia University environmental engineering professor and three visitors had ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
US, India Clash Over Climate Change Remedies
Voice of America: U.S.-Indian differences about dealing with global warming were on display Sunday as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began talks with Indian officials in New Delhi. India's environment minister said his country cannot accept binding limits on carbon emissions under a proposed global climate change treaty. The two governments say they want to see an agreement come out of the global climate change conference in Copenhagen in December. But comments by senior U.S. and Indian ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India to Resist US Pressure on Carbon Emission Caps
Bloomberg: India will resist pressure from the Obama administration to accept legally binding caps on its carbon emissions, the South Asian nation's environment minister told visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have been among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions," Jairam Ramesh said at a meeting today with Clinton in Gurgaon near New Delhi, according to a statement he issued to reporters. "And as if ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Should we deliberately move species?
Associated Press: On naked patches of land in western Canada and United States, scientists are planting trees that don't belong there. It's a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate. Take the Western larch with its thick grooved bark and green needles. It grows in the valleys and lower mountain slopes in British Columbia's southern interior. Canadian foresters are testing how its seeds will fare when planted farther north -- ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
India will not take on emission cut targets, Jairam tells Hillary
Times of India: Environment minister Jairam Ramesh asserted on Sunday in the presence of visiting US secretary of state Hillary Clinton that India would never take legally binding commitments to cut down on emissions. "India's position is clear and categorical that we are simply not in a position to take any legally binding emissions reductions," Ramesh said at conference on climate change he addressed along with the visiting secretary of state to mark the opening of ITC's Green Centre building in ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
Slow progress on Kyoto replacement - minister
Radio New Zealand: The minister in charge of international climate change negotiations, Tim Groser, is warning there is unlikely to be a treaty ready to replace the Kyoto Protocol this year. The protocol ends in 2012 and a major climate meeting is planned in Copenhagen in December to decide what will take its place. Mr Groser, who has been at a preliminary meeting in Greenland, says progress so far has been too slow to produce a ratifiable treaty from the Copenhagen meeting though points needing ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Organization formed to combat global warming
Associated Press: A new nonprofit organization in Wisconsin has been created to fight global warming. Gov. Jim Doyle says the Wisconsin Climate Change Action Initiative will bring together leaders in business, government, advocacy organization and researchers to work on the issue. Forming a nonprofit group like this was recommended by a Doyle task force that studied global warming. Doyle says the group will work to increase voluntary conservancy practices that will save money and have a ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
U.S., India discuss climate change
Associated Press: India stood firm Sunday against Western demands to accept binding limits on carbon emissions even as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed optimism about an eventual climate change deal to India's benefit. "There is simply no case for the pressure that we -- who have among the lowest emissions per capita -- face to actually reduce emissions," India's minister of environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, told Clinton and her visiting delegation in a ... read more

20/07/2009 08:00 PM
India Rebuffs New Efforts for Binding Carbon Targets
New York Times: India served notice on Sunday that it remains opposed to legally binding targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, digging in its heels against the United States as the Obama administration begins marshaling support for a new global agreement on climate change. India voiced its rejection of the American position in an awkwardly public forum: during a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to an energy-efficient office building in this city on the outskirts of New ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Facing climate-change annihilation, Island nation goes solar
Canwest News Service: A tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean - that could be wiped off the map because of global warming - is seeking to to set an example for the world by shedding its dependency on oil and becoming powered entirely by renewable energy sources. Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located midway between Hawaii and Australia. It is made up of four reef islands and five atolls, with the highest elevation a little over four metres above sea level. The doomed archipelago is the ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton, India's Ramesh Clash on Climate Change
Washington Post: But the clash between developed and developing countries over climate change intruded on the high-profile photo opportunity midway through Clinton's three-day tour of India. Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh complained about U.S. pressure to cut a worldwide deal and Clinton countered that the Obama administration's push for a binding agreement would not sacrifice India's economic growth. As dozens of cameras recorded the scene, Ramesh declared that India would not commit to ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Climate tops Clinton India talks
BBC: Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she hopes India and the US can devise a new plan to deal with the issue of climate change. After arriving in Delhi, Mrs Clinton also sought to assure India the US would not try to impose conditions that might affect India's economic growth. Mrs Clinton is on a five-day visit and spent the first two in Mumbai. She is meeting PM Manmohan Singh, with relations with Pakistan also sure to be high on the ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
United States: Digging for answers to climate change
Philadelphia Inquirer: Forty miles off the Jersey Shore, an international team of scientists is grappling with a worrisome phenomenon: The oceans are slowly rising. The researchers are not studying the sea itself. Living for weeks at a time on this drilling platform, they are burrowing down into the past, pulling up cores of prehistoric sediment from nearly half a mile below the ocean floor. By studying how the Earth responded when the sea rose and fell at various times millions of years ago, the ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton Urges India Toward Clean Energy
National Public Radio: The Obama administration is trying to persuade India to help tackle climate change. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged development experts recently to help come up with ideas on projects that could encourage the Indians to turn to clean energy in a way that won't limit its economic growth. read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton upbeat on climate change talks with India
Reuters: An Indian official on Sunday complained about U.S. pressure on India to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emerged from their talks upbeat about a solution. "There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions," Jairam Ramesh, India's minister of state for environment, told Clinton in their talks. "And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India takes firm line with Clinton on climate change
Agence France-Presse: India stood firm Sunday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over carbon emission cuts, but she insisted their differences could be bridged before a high-stakes climate change summit in December. Meeting Clinton in New Delhi, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh sharply criticised developed countries like the United States for pressuring developing nations to accept binding targets on emissions reductions as part of any new global climate treaty. "There is simply no case ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton: US, India to join hands on climate change
Associated Press: India and the United States can jointly devise a breakthrough plan for fighting climate change that will generate massive new investments and millions of jobs, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday. She also assured India that while the U.S. wants it to do more to fight climate change, Washington will never impose conditions that would limit India's economic growth. Clinton, who arrived in India late Friday, said that devising a comprehensive and strategic ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
You call that a clunker?
Washington Post: Washington's wordsmiths are at it again. A new federal program seems to have changed the very definition of the word "clunker." A vote, a stroke of the pen, a desire to get Americans buying cars and a mandate to shrink greenhouse gas emissions have turned a fleet of old Audis, BMWs, Acuras and other luxury cars into clunkers overnight. The Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 -- also known as "Cash for Clunkers" -- will offer vouchers of up to $4,500 for car ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic Mystery: Identifying the Great Blob of Alaska
Tiime Magazine: But what was it? An oil slick? Some sort of immense, amorphous organism adrift in some of the planet's most remote waters? Maybe a worrisome sign of global climate change? Or, as folks wondered who followed from faraway via the internet, was it something insidious and, perhaps, even carnivorous like the man-eating jello from the old Steve McQueen movie that inspired the Alaska phenomenon's nickname? (Read Richard Corliss' review of The Thing, a sci-fi film set in the Arctic.) The ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India: Carbon count of burnt buses
Telegraph (India): Calcutta is the bus-burning capital of the world. This mode of "protest" not only inconveniences millions and destroys public property worth crores but also affects the city's climate. "On an average, eight to 10 public vehicles are burnt in the city every year, unheard of even in cities like Karachi, Dhaka and Manila. The environmental cost of burning vehicles is huge," says environment expert S.M. Ghosh. Joyashree Roy, a climate expert and economics teacher from Jadavpur ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Wind power plans 'flawed,' say critics
Telegraph: Critics say the Government's Renewable Energy Strategy fundamentally underestimates how many wind turbines will be needed to meet its ambitious targets for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. Ed Miliband, the Energy Secretary, last week announced that planning rules would be relaxed to make it easier for an extra 3,500 onshore turbines to be built as part of a £100 billion plan to generate more energy from wind power by 2020. Ministers want to increase the amount of power ... read more

18/07/2009 08:00 PM
Most polluting postcodes in Britain identified in heart of middle England
Telegraph: Carbon emissions per household by postcode were calculated by looking at official figures on energy use, travel and general consumption including food. People in wealthy areas eat more exotic and environmentally unfriendly food, such as prawns flown from Malaysia, green beans from Kenya and organic pears from New Zealand. They fly more often and take foreign holidays in more distant locations, drive more "gas guzzling" 4x4s, and live in bigger houses which cost more to heat and ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Canadians want to tackle climate change regionally
McClatchy Newspapers: The debate over climate change is very different north of the border especially among conservatives. Gary Lunn, a Cabinet minister for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, urged lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest and western Canada to work toward one regional system of regulating greenhouse gases last week. But he said whatever system is developed must allow the two countries to use the bounty of fossil fuels. "We have to be up-front about how dependent we are on ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
Salt marshes losing diversity
Study: Salt marshes losing diversity: A new study by researchers at Brown University finds that climate change is reducing the diversity of plants in New England salt marshes by causing a decline in small, flowering plants and allowing the spread of salt marsh grasses such as Spartina patens. The study, called "Experimental warming causes rapid loss of plant diversity in New England salt marshes," was published in the latest edition of the journal Ecology Letters and has been widely distributed on academic Web ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
India, US must work together on climate change: Hillary
Times of India: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday said that strategic partnership is required between India and US on issues like climate change. ( Watch ) Addressing a joint press conference, Hillary Clinton said that she expects Pakistan to take strong action against terrorism. After winning over Mumbai with her charm, Clinton arrived in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon for talks with Indian government leaders to launch what she called a third phase in the India-US strategic ... read more

19/07/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Green dream runs low on power
Guardian: It was barely 18 months ago that council leaders on the Isle of Wight announced they had drawn up plans to become the world's first "eco-island", to be powered entirely by renewable energy. The small island would become self-sufficient and even an exporter of low-carbon power, local politicians boasted. They pointed out that it was already home to Vestas Blades, the UK subsidiary of the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. But Vestas's totemic manufacturing plant at ... read more

18/07/2009 08:00 PM
Clinton seeks to narrow gap with India on climate
Agence France-Presse: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday she was confident of bridging key divisions with India on how to combat climate change ahead of a high-stakes conference later in the year. "I am very confident ... that the United States and India can devise a plan that will dramatically change the way we produce, consume and conserve energy," Clinton told reporters in New Delhi after what she described as a "very fruitful" meeting with Indian Environment Minister Jairam ... read more



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