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22/09/2009 08:00 PM
China: 'Urgent action' needed on climate
BBC: "Your decisions will have momentous consequences," he told the assembled leaders. "The fate of future generations, and the hopes and livelihoods of billions today, rest, literally, with you," he added. The Chinese president said his country would curb its carbon emissions per unit of Gross Domestic Product, a measure also known as carbon intensity, by a "notable margin" by 2020 from the 2005 level. However, the proposal is unlikely to mean an overall reduction in ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Climate change proposal would revolutionize value of forests
CNN: The world's tropical forests are disappearing, and one reason is simple economics: People, companies and governments earn more by logging, mining or farming places such as the Amazon jungle than by conserving them. Global climate change treaty, scheduled for completion in December, is designed to protect tropical forests. Efforts to halt rain forest destruction date back decades, but they so far have failed to tackle the issue on a scale commensurate with the ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
EPA makes firms report greenhouse gas emissions
Reuters: The U.S. government will begin requiring big companies to monitor and report greenhouse gas emissions, officials said on Tuesday, a move that could make it easier for federal regulators to cut emissions if Congress does not pass a climate change bill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said its new reporting system will help it understand where greenhouse gas emissions originate and ultimately help reduce emissions. "This is a major step forward in our effort to address ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Sarkozy proposes November climate meeting
Reuters: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday proposed that heads of state from major economies meet in November to discuss the climate change agenda ahead of December's climate summit in Copenhagen. "Considering how complex this negotiation is, a new summit before Copenhagen is needed," Sarkozy told a U.N. climate meeting in New York. Sarkozy said the proposed November meeting would allow the world's biggest emitters "to make clearer commitments to ensure Copenhagen's success," ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
China makes its first commitment to climate change targets
Guardian: Chinese president Hu Jintao today broke new ground in his nation's action on climate change, but failed to deliver measures that would significantly stir up the stagnant negotiations towards an international treaty to fight global warming. For the first time, Hu promised to set a target for reducing the rate at which China's greenhouse gas emissions are rising. The pledge to reduce China's so-called carbon intensity means total emissions will still grow, but the fossil fuel burned for ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Canada: Climate linked to security
Canwest News Service: Global warming is now often recognized as one of the greatest threats to world security, according to Dr. Werner Kurz. Kurz, a senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, was the opening speaker on Monday at the Canadian Institute of Forestry's three-day conference at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The conference focuses on climate change, global warming and their effects on forests and forestry. Kurz's contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
US tops $1 bln in stimulus for clean energy projects
Agence France-Presse: The US government has spent more than one billion dollars on private sector renewable energy projects from the massive economic stimulus program passed seven months ago, officials said Tuesday. At a meeting of a group of clean energy developers and manufacturers at the White House Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 550 million dollars in new awards through the Recovery Act. The awards for 25 projects brings the total to more ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
China takes first step towards carbon target
Guardian: China took a step forward yesterday in the delicate diplomatic dance of international climate change talks, by committing to a unspecified carbon target. But President Hu Jintao failed to reveal to a UN summit the major measures needed to inject pace into the lethargic negotiations, aimed at delivering a treaty to avoid catastrophic global warming. While the move by China fell short of its billing, it -- and a similar recent change of rhetoric from India -- added to pressure on the US ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Lib Dems demand 'savage cuts' to UK emissions
Guardian: The Liberal Democrats threw their weight behind the 10:10 climate change campaign today as they demanded "savage cuts" in Britain's carbon emissions. Opening a debate at the party's Bournemouth conference, the Lib Dem energy and climate change spokesman, Simon Hughes, told his party that "we cannot start too soon" in reducing emissions. The Guardian is backing the 10:10 campaign to reduce UK carbon emissions by 10% by next year. The party backed an amendment promising that any ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
China's Hu vows to cut carbon output per GDP by 2020
Reuters: Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday promised to put a "notable" brake on the country's rapidly rising carbon emissions, but dashed hopes he would unveil a hard target to kickstart stalled climate talks. The leader of the world's biggest emitter told a United Nations summit that China would pledge to cut "carbon intensity," or the amount of carbon dioxide produced for each dollar of economic output, over the decade to 2020. His promise is a landmark because China had ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
North American firms think local for carbon offsets
Reuters: When it comes to offsetting carbon footprints, European companies seek offsets sourced from far off, "romantic" countries, while North American firms prefer those generated by local clean energy projects, a survey found. Sixty percent of North American companies polled said they preferred U.S.-sourced offsets, while European industry sought to buy from projects in Africa, India and South America. "Our corporate social responsibility department wants sexier offsets from more romantic ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Electricity costs should move to reflect demand: Chu
Reuters: As the United States' power grid becomes more sophisticated, electricity rates will need to rise to reflect periods of intense energy use and to encourage consumers to change their electricity habits, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Monday. Chu said currently most local electricity rate commissions view themselves as consumer advocates and try to keep electricity prices as low as possible. "Hopefully that will evolve somewhat, so that they begin to fold in some of the ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
China's climate pledge is small, but important
Guardian: The "c word" entered the vocabulary of a Chinese president for the first time today, as Hu Jintao promised his country would set its first carbon target for 2020. Overall greenhouse gas emissions will not fall, but the fossil fuels burned in powering each surge of the economy will decline - a cut in so-called carbon intensity. For the moment, it is a breakthrough of terminology more than substance. But in promising such a goal, Hu has effectively declared that China - the world's ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Current Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pledges Leave Climate Targets In The Red, Analysis Finds - Science Daily
ScienceDaily: Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions currently proposed by industrialized countries fall short of the pathway to reaching a 2 degree target as referred to by the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiating group, despite the fact that the cost of meeting these pledges is much lower than anticipated, according to a new study. The study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) states that by 2020, total GHG emissions of industrialized (Annex I) countries would ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Obama the impotent
Guardian: Much hope has been invested in Barack Obama's ability to strike a new course for the US following eight years of Bush administration unpopularity. Yet many in the US and abroad are impatient with the pace of progress under the Obama administration. The president made the rounds on five news talkshows on Sunday as he pressed his policies and vision, preparing for what is likely to be a difficult week. Besides the ongoing battle over healthcare, this week sees two showdowns between ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Australian PM calls for 'grand bargain' on climate
Agence France-Presse: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday called for a "grand bargain" on climate change between rich and developing nations, saying both sides wanted to reach a new global treaty. Rudd, taking part in a major climate summit at the United Nations, hailed pledges by the leaders of Japan and China as providing momentum for a December conference in Copenhagen to draw up the landmark Kyoto Protocol's successor. "It's clear that there is strong support from developed and ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
Obama: US Determined To Act On Climate Change
Dow Jones: U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged the "doubts and difficulties" clouding progress on climate change in Congress, but said the U.S. is determined to tackle global warming at a year-end summit in Copenhagen. "We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act," Obama told a U.N. meeting on climate change in New York on Tuesday. "And we will meet our responsibility to future generations." Tuesday's meeting at the U.N. General Assembly is designed to ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
Time to break deadlock on climate change: Swedish PM
Agence France-Presse: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently chairs the European Union, told a climate change summit here Tuesday that it was time to break the deadlock in talks for a new global warming deal. "We are only 76 days from the Copenhagen meeting, but the negotiations are going far too slow and they are still lacking real progress. We are close to a deadlock," he told leaders of some 100 nations attending the gathering. "Our job is to break the deadlock," he ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
We will back a global deal to cut emissions, says Obama
Independent (UK): Barack Obama insisted at a climate change summit yesterday that the US was committed to a new global treaty on greenhouse gases -- explicitly distancing himself from George Bush -- even while acknowledging that he faced an uphill task getting the necessary legislation passed in Washington. Listing actions taken in the US to curb carbon output since he took office, the President called his pledge "an historic recognition on behalf of the American people and their government. We understand the ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Act Now or Lose Forever, Climate Summit Told
Inter Press Service: The world's small island developing nations, most of which are threatened with environmental devastation, put the international community on dire notice: either accept ambitious and binding emission reduction targets, or humanity is doomed. The one-day U.N. summit meeting of world leaders Tuesday came out with a clear message demanding urgent action against the growing threats from climate change. Maldives, one of the world's smallest nation states facing extinction, exposed ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
Utility Quits Alliance Over Climate Change
New York Times: Amid a growing split in the business community over climate policy, Pacific Gas and Electric, a major California utility, is withdrawing from the United States Chamber of Commerce, citing "fundamental differences" with the chamber's approach to global warming. "We find it dismaying that the chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored," Peter A. Darbee, the ... read more

22/09/2009 08:00 PM
Action pledges at UN climate summit met by skepticism
Agence France-Presse: Environmental activists Tuesday cautiously welcomed pledges made at a climate change summit here, but remained skeptical that key powers can bridge differences before crunch Copenhagen talks. "We heard a lot of urgency in the words of the world leaders who spoke in the opening session," said David Waskow, a spokesman for Oxfam International. "What remains to be seen is whether they will be able to translate their language into a fair, ambitious and binding global treaty. All ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
U.N. Sets an Example by Offsetting Its Carbon Emissions
New York Times: Like most large international conferences, the United Nations climate summit meeting in New York this week generated a hefty dose of greenhouse gas emissions. Hundreds of presidents, prime ministers and officials from across the globe this week took airplanes to the United Nations meeting, some accompanied by dozens of people. Limousines and motorcades ferried the dignitaries from airports to meetings to hotels and back, often getting stuck in Midtown Manhattan gridlock. But ... read more

23/09/2009 08:00 PM
G20: Stiglitz and Sen Come In Too Late
Inter Press Service: A new report on Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress presented earlier this month in Paris by Nobel prize winners Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen is a late, and quite modest contribution to an old debate, many experts say. Not many believe it can influence the discussions at the G20 in Pittsburgh Sep. 24 and 25. Stiglitz and Sen prepared the report on the request of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and were expected to produce, as Sarkozy put it, "a ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Fashion labels drop APP after party highlights the plight of Indonesian forests
Mongabay: The fashion world has been rocked: not by the newest designer or the most shocking outfit, but by the continuing destruction of forests in Indonesia. On September 15th, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) helped open New York City's styling Fashion Week with a party to encourage fashion designers to take a closer look at the paper bags they give customers. Many luxury shopping bags are destroying forests as far away as Indonesia, impacting the world's climate and threatening ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Airlines vow to halve emissions by 2050
Guardian: The aviation industry will tomorrow make a dramatic pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 in a move that will force up air fares and spark a green technology race among aircraft manufacturers. The British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, will unveil an agreement between airlines, airports and aircraft companies to cut emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2050. In a bid to seize the initiative from environmental groups clamouring for higher taxes on the ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
IEA report: Low carbon policies are working
Business Green: Global carbon emissions will fall significantly this year, according to an imminent new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which argues that while the bulk of the cuts can be attributed to the recession, there is solid evidence that governments' various low carbon policies are working. The report, which forms part of the IEA's annual World Energy Outlook, will not be released until next month, but the Financial Times reported today that it has seen an early copy of the ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Bundchen takes on Brazil president over Amazon
Associated Press: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is a new United Nations advocate for environmental awareness -- and reportedly wants her own president to do more to halt Amazon deforestation. Bundchen tells reporters in New York that Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should propose better laws to stop the razing of the world's largest rain forest. Her comments were published Monday in major Brazilian newspapers that covered her comments as she was named a goodwill ambassador ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Europeans say U.S. lacks will on climate
New York Times: As world leaders gather in New York for the highest-level conference yet on climate change, European leaders are expressing growing unease about the United States' stance in international talks aimed at reaching a global agreement in Copenhagen in December. Officials of several European countries have cited what they see as a lack of political will on the part of the United States to adequately address climate change. The American reluctance to accept any agreement that would require ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Developing nations can raise greenhouse emissions under Wong plan
Australian: DEVELOPING nations can continue to increase their greenhouse gas emissions under a compromise plan outlined by Australia to break deadlocked climate change talks. Climate Change Minister Penny Wong today conceded the world could not tell countries to "stay poor', spruiking her plan that would allow developing counties to opt out of binding, economy wide emission-reduction targets as the best chance of reaching a deal. Instead, Australia's compromise plan would require ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
How cutting carbon emissions leads to wasting energy
Australian: ECONOMISTS can and do get it wrong. The lead-up to the sub-prime mortgage crisis being an obvious case in point. While some economists and regulators were convinced all was well, many people were alarmed at a system that enabled people to buy expensive houses with loans that were beyond their means of repaying. It just didn't pass the common sense test. But have we learned our lesson about relying on complex economics that nobody really understands? In the context of climate change ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: The revolution that will not be on TV
Age: I spoke to a teacher yesterday who had witnessed a transformation taking place in her high school students as they voted in Youth Decide, Australia's first national youth climate vote. She told me that previously, she had many students who hadn't engaged in climate change issues, and one who didn't think it was real. As they voted in Youth Decide and looked at the consequences of the choices our politicians make today on the future world that they will grow up in, the students started to ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Wind-powered stations to reach profitability by 2017
Telegraph: The energy source is currently heavily subsidised by the Government as it rushes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and produce 20pc of all power from renewables by 2020 in line with European climate change targets. However, Rene Umlauft, chief executive of the Siemens division, believes that the rising price of gas and other fossil fuels will make wind farms commercially viable within eight years. Wind power is already operating without subsidies in New Zealand, where the ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
United States: A tangled web
San Francisco Chronicle: The flurry of recent renewable power decisions in Sacramento could have far-reaching - even contradictory - results. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week signed an executive order forcing California utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. At the same time, he promised to veto two bills passed by the Legislature days earlier that would have done the same thing, but with far more restrictions on how those goals could be met. Meanwhile, a ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
China blames developed nations for pollution
Press TV: Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. China, one of the world's leading emitters of carbon dioxide, has blamed developed countries for causing the catastrophic global warming. Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday that as a developing country, China should not be expected to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, shifting the responsibility to developed countries. The World Bank has reported that 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Climate myths: Any cooling disproves global warming
New Scientist: In fact, even if the world does cool over the next few years as some predict, it in no way undermines the certainty about long-term warming due to greenhouse gas emissions. Let's start with a thought experiment. Suppose you managed to find some children who knew nothing about the oceans, handed them a long measuring stick and sent them off to the seaside find out whether sea level is rising or falling. As soon they saw the waves crashing on the shore, the children would realise ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
More Global 500 companies see climate change as key issue -CDP
Dow Jones: More of the world's largest 500 companies responded to a survey conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project and gave more detail than ever before on activities they are taking to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the CDP said Monday. The increase in disclosure to 82% of the Global 500 companies from 77% last year shows that despite the economic downturn and other pressures, climate change remains high on the agenda and is becoming an increasingly important issue for the majority of ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Costs of climate change deal would drop with truly global agreement, says report
Guardian: A truly global climate change deal -- with full collaboration from the developed and developing world -- would dramatically reduce the costs of dealing with global warming and moving to a clean energy economy, said a new study published today by the influential Climate Group. The report said a broad-based agreement with ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions would amplify the potential cost savings and benefits -- including job creation and rise in GDP -- of dealing ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
That sinking feeling: World's deltas subsiding, says study
Agence France-Presse: Two-thirds of the world's major deltas, home to nearly half a billion people, are caught in the scissors of sinking land and rising seas, according to a study published Sunday. The new findings, based on satellite images, show that 85 percent of the 33 largest delta regions experienced severe flooding over the past decade, affecting 260,000 square kilometres (100,000 square miles). Delta land vulnerable to serious flooding could expand by 50 percent this century if ocean levels ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
United Kingdom: Wave power setback as giant machine capsizes
EDP24: A pioneering plan to create power from the waves suffered a major setback last night when the machine capsized off the north Suffolk coast. The seabed off Southwold was being used to test a new way of harnessing power from the waves which could ultimately generate electricity on a large scale. But as the experimental wave generator, weighing 80 tonnes, was being towed into position on a floating pontoon yesterday, the pontoon capsized. Local shipping had to be warned as the 18 ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Investment in climate change is not charity: UN
Indo-Asian News Service: The failure of the international community to invest in adapting to climate change will jeopardise the world's common future, the head of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has said. The ninth UNCCD conference opens Monday in Buenos Aires with a view to keeping the key issue of desertification on the global agenda amid the widespread economic crisis. The experts are clear that there is much room for progress, as degraded land can be rehabilitated. And that is ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Is Lieberman at it again?
Politico: Sen. Joe Lieberman alienated a lot of Democrats last year when he campaigned for John McCain and dismissed Barack Obama as a "talker' rather than a leader. He may be on the verge of doing it again. In an effort to resuscitate some version of the House climate change bill in the Senate, the Connecticut independent is trying to get Republicans and moderate Democrats on board by adding money for coal power and nuclear plants -- changes that would infuriate many of the bill's ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Green groups open 'climate war room.'
Politico: The cap-and-trade movement, spooked by the pounding health care reform took over the August break, is scrambling to persuade nervous Democrats they won't suffer politically for taking another tough vote this year. "When you get your butt kicked, like we did [after the House energy vote], it focuses the mind,' said Steve Cochran, director of the Environmental Defense Fund's National Climate Campaign. "We found out that this is not something to hide from but something to lean on -- even ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Bubble, bubble . . . this palm-oil soap is trouble
Philadelphia Inquirer: This is depressing: I've concluded that my bath soap, of all things, is contributing to global warming. It contains palm oil. And buying an eco-brand doesn't help. Many of them have it, too. The world of suds is quite the soap opera. Trying to sort it out took me into global commerce, biodiesel, and vegetarianism. One thing I learned: Industry loves palm oil. Foodwise, it's a cheap substitute for fats. According to the American Palm Oil Council, 90 percent of palm ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Fair carbon means no carbon for rich countries
New Scientist: WHAT might a truly fair and effective solution to climate change look like? One answer to that question has just been released and it makes for disturbing reading. For one thing, the scale and speed of emissions cuts required by developed nations is far greater than the commitments governments are currently willing to make. The new analysis is based on the idea that each person on the planet has the right to the same carbon footprint. Researchers at the German Advisory Council on ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
China emerges as the yin and the yang of the global warming problem
Climate Wire: Staring up at the dazzling, $32 million screen of light-emitting diodes suspended above one of this city's luxury shopping malls, it's hard to see China as a struggling "developing" country. Sitting on a stone ledge with 34-year-old Wai Shen Ching hundreds of miles away in the remote village of Bai Bulou, it's hard to see China as anything else. Residents of this Hebei Province grassland community have no running water. Lately, devastated by drought, the village has had little ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
CO2 emissions down about 2.6 percent in 2009: IEA
Reuters: Global emissions of the commonest man-made greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will fall by the sharpest rate in 40 years in 2009 following tumbling factory output, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. The world must use the drop of about 2.6 percent to drive a global fight against climate change, rather than allow emissions to rise again as after previous recessions, Fatih Birol, IEA chief economist, told Reuters in an interview. "The biggest fall (in about 40 years) was ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Cutting emissions will increase global GDP, says Tony Blair
Business Green: Far from proving a drain on the global economy, measures designed to cut carbon emissions could lead to increases in GDP and employment for all major economies, according to a major new report presented today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by former British prime minister Tony Blair. The report from international NGO the Climate Group reiterates the conclusion of the influential Stern Review that failing to address climate change would cost more than preventing it. But whereas ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Kenya hit by killer drought
BBC: The stench of the rotting carcass made it easy to track down in the sparse bush. A young male - barely four years old and still an infant by elephant standards - lay on its side in the sand by a river. Around its feet, the sand had been cleared in small arcs - signs of the animal's thrashing as it struggled to stand and survive. But there was nothing to eat. Nothing. On the ground, not a blade of grass existed, every green shoot had been stripped from the trees. For Iain ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Environmentalists Not All Happy About New EPA Guidelines
Time Magazine: New fuel-economy rules proposed by the federal Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are the first major move by the U.S. toward cracking down on greenhouse-gas emissions. The proposed program includes miles-per-gallon requirements and national emissions standards under the EPA's greenhouse-gas-emissions guidelines for model years from 2012 to 2016. You'd think that environmental groups would be overjoyed. (See pictures of the effects of global ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Europe fears Obama going cold on climate battle
Agence France-Presse: European leaders who once saw Barack Obama's election as a new dawn in the battle against global warming are becoming concerned, three months ahead of a key UN climate summit in Copenhagen. One sign of this is the revival of the idea for a "carbon tax" to protect Europe's industry and environment, amid fears that Europe's commitments on tackling climate change will not be matched in the United States and elsewhere. "I confess that I am very worried by the prospects for ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Win Some, Lose Some for Beleaguered Penan Tribe
Inter Press Service: In wealthy Malaysia that employs over four million Asians to service its high- rolling lifestyle, a tiny indigenous tribe is fighting for its survival against state inaction and bureaucratic apathy, as well as marauding giant multinationals and timber loggers. It is an increasingly losing battle for the Penan, a tribe of about 12,000 semi- nomadic people fighting against destruction of their home in the jungles of Sarawak state in East Malaysia, home to the world's oldest rain forest ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Recession and policies cut carbon
BBC: The global recession and a range of government policies are likely to bring the biggest annual fall in the world's carbon dioxide emissions in 40 years. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that global CO2 emissions will fall by more than 2% during 2009. Measures such as emissions trading have complemented the drop in emissions as economic activity has declined. The news comes as leaders gather at the UN for a day of climate talks convened by Secretary-General ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Norway ready to reduce CO2 emissions further: report
Agence France-Presse: Norway is ready to cut its carbon dioxide emissions further if this would help clinch a deal at a UN climate summit in December, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was quoted as saying Monday. "If it contributes to a better climate deal in December, we would be ready to consider an increase of our (emissions) reductions from 30 to 40 percent" by 2020 from 1990 levels, he told the daily Dagbladet. Neither Stoltenberg nor the environment ministry was immediately available for ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
US subsidies of oil and coal more than double subsidies of renewable energy
Mongabay: During the fiscal years of 2002-2008 the United States handed out subsidies to fossil fuel industries to a tune of 72 billion dollars, while renewable energy subsidies, during the same period, reached 29 billion dollars. Conducted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the research shows that the US government has heavily subsidized 'dirty fuels' that emit high levels of greenhouse gases. The funds provided to ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Thai rice region under climate threat: Greenpeace
Agence France-Presse: Part of Thailand's main rice growing region is under severe economic and environmental threat from climate change which must be addressed by world leaders at a UN summit, Greenpeace said Monday. A study by the activist group revealed the dangers faced by the Bangpakong River Basin, which supports around 1.25 million people who rely heavily on the region's fertile soils for crops, especially rice, fruit and fishing. The study was released days before Bangkok holds another major ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Guyana is a model of forest protection that could solve the climate crisis
Guardian: The UN general assembly this week is going to change the world. This is because quiet conversations in meeting rooms and corridors around the UN complex will shape the world's climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December -- and all of our lives, and those of every generation that follows. And this is all going to happen because of trees. This week, among the talk of recession and growth, defence and terrorism, economic stimuli and trade sanctions, world leaders will discuss one of ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Concentrating Emissions
redOrbit: Ahmed Ghoniem of mechanical engineering leads an MIT effort to make coal plants cleaner by using a pressurized combustion system to capture carbon dioxide. Researchers at MIT have shown the benefits of a new approach toward eliminating carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions at coal-burning power plants. Their system, called pressurized oxy-fuel combustion, provides a way of separating all of the carbon-dioxide emissions produced by the burning of coal, in the form of a concentrated, ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
China and India seize initiative at UN talks
Guardian: China and India appeared poised for bold new action on climate change ahead of a major UN summit tomorrow, in moves that will significantly increase pressure on President Barack Obama to deliver cuts in US emissions. The UN climate chief, Yvo de Boer, said today that he expects China's president, Hu Jintao, to announce a series of new measures tomorrow that would put the country well ahead of America in dealing with climate change. Meanwhile, India's environment minister, Jairam ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Population growth driving climate change, poverty: experts
Agence France-Presse: Unchecked population growth is speeding climate change, damaging life-nurturing ecosystems and dooming many countries to poverty, experts concluded in a conference report released Monday. Unless birth rates are lowered sharply through voluntary family-planning programmes and easy access to contraceptives, the tally of humans on Earth could swell to an unsustainable 11 billion by 2050, they warned. The UN currently projects that global population will rise from 6.8 billion today ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Bangladesh in the frontline against climate change
Independent (UK): It's still Monsoon-time in Bangladesh -- and the rain continues to fall. Coping with flooding has already become a way of life for the resilient people living in Satkhira, southern Bangladesh, who are learning to live with the increasing impacts of climate change. Starting tomorrow 22 September, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a Summit on Climate Change in New York to focus Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action in advance of ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Citing climate change, federal judge says grizzlies still threatened
Associated Press: Facing the combined pressures of habitat loss, hunters and climate change, 600 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park are going back on the threatened species list under a federal court order issued Monday. The ruling highlighted climate change's devastation to whitebark pine forests, which produce nuts that some grizzlies rely upon as a mainstay. With hundreds of thousands of the trees dead or dying over the last two decades, bears striking out in search of new ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
U.N. Climate Chief: China Poised To Take A Lead Role
Associated Press: As the United States lags on climate legislation, China is poised to join the European Union in claiming "front-runner" status among nations battling climate change, the U.N. climate chief said Monday. Yvo de Boer said in an interview that China is leaping ahead of the United States with domestic plans for more energy efficiency, renewable sources of power, cuts in vehicle pollution and closures of dirty plants. The development marks a dramatic turnabout. The United States, ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
British officials question US commitment to climate deal
Telegraph: As 100 presidents and prime ministers prepared for the meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, John Ashton, the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, lamented the "ambition gap" between Europe and the US. The US Senate is considered unlikely to approve a new energy-saving bill before the intended signing of a new climate deal in Copenhagen in December, which would replace the Kyoto Protocol. "There is no technological obstacle, there is ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Bob Geldof getting celebs to record global warming song
3news: Bob Geldof and Duran Duran are among 55 celebrities planning a version of Midnight Oil's hit song 'Beds Are Burning' - in a bid to raise awareness of climate change. The track is part of a campaign headed by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to highlight environmental issues. Officials at Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum are organising the launch of the song, and forum director Walter Fust says, "If we do not stop the (greenhouse gas) emissions today, ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon intensity in focus as China's Hu heads to UN
Reuters: China's President Hu Jintao may lay down a "carbon intensity" target for his country at a top level United Nations summit on Tuesday, experts said, as he seeks to show Beijing's commitment to fighting climate change. A pledge from the world's biggest emitter to cut the amount of greenhouse gasses produced for each dollar of national income -- while short of an absolute cap on output -- would counter critics of Beijing who says it is taking too little action. It could also ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Norway Ready For 30 Per Cent Cut In Carbon Emission- INO News
RTTNews: Norwegian Prime Minister has hinted that his government is ready for a possible 30 per cent carbon emission cuts in order to secure an international climate change treaty this year-end. "I believe Norway should be prepared to cut more than the 30 per cent we have committed to before 2020 if it can help secure a global treaty on climate gases," Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told NRK, the state-owned public broadcasting company. Stoltenberg is due to attend a climate summit on the ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Australia 'flying blind' on emissions legislation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he is not prepared to delay consideration of the Government's emissions trading scheme legislation despite conceding a global agreement remains some way off. Mr Rudd is in New York to advance international negotiations on strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the December Copenhagen summit. However, he is worried progress on international climate change talks are progressing too slowly to reach an agreement before ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
CO2 emissions tumble; leaders to meet on climate
Reuters: Recession has set the stage for the sharpest fall in world greenhouse gas emissions in 40 years, an estimate on Monday showed, as world leaders gathered in New York to seek a way forward on a new climate change treaty. The International Energy Agency said global output of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels, would fall by about 2.6 percent this year amid a tumble in industrial activity. It expressed hope that the world would seize on ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Ontario invests C$2.3 billion for "greener" power grid
Various: The Canadian province of Ontario, keen to get more of its electricity from renewable energy sources, said on Monday it would spend C$2.3 billion ($2.1 billion) over the next three years to expand and upgrade its power transmission network. "Enhancing our transmission grid is critical to taking advantage of green energy," said George Smitherman, Ontario's minister of energy and infrastructure. "Resources like wind and hydro aren't often where the people are, and this plan will ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Political will can deliver change in Copenhagen
Telegraph: With 75 days to go until the Copenhagen summit on climate change, greater urgency is about to be injected into the search for an agreement. World leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York today for discussions that could determine if there will be a deal and, if so, whether it will be one that makes any difference. In one sense, reaching a strong agreement is even more important than its precise details. The momentum that is building around the world behind the need to cut ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
EU biofuels policy undermines governance in Indonesia, alleges report
Mongabay: Indonesian authorities are failing to prevent illegal logging and conversion of protected areas for oil palm cultivation used to supply the European market with supposedly "green" biofuels, alleges a new report from Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and WALHI KalBar (Friends of the Earth Indonesia, West Kalimantan). The report, "Failing governance - Avoiding responsibilities" [PDF], claims that European biofuel policies have driven reckless oil palm expansion in ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Fake NY Post draws attention to global warming
Various: A day before a U.N. summit on climate change, an activist prankster group distributed copies of a fake newspaper mimicking the New York Post to draw attention to global warming. The front-page story in the newspaper parody Monday warned of "massive climate catastrophes" and "public health disasters." Volunteers for The Yes Men distributed the free parody outside busy commuter hubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including one of the city's main train stations, Penn ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
U.S. court reinstates emissions suit versus utilities
Reuters: A U.S. Appeals Court reinstated on Monday a 2004 lawsuit by eight states and the city of New York against five of the largest U.S. utilities over their carbon dioxide emissions. The lawsuit was dismissed in October 2005 by U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska, who said the issue was a political question for Congress or the President, not the judiciary. Monday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York said the judge "erred in dismissing two ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Groups spar over U.S. offshore drilling plan
Reuters: Environmental and pro-drilling advocates pitched dueling messages about expanded offshore oil and natural gas production to the U.S. Interior Department on Monday, as the comment period on a Bush-era energy plan came to a close. The draft five-year offshore drilling proposal offered in the last days of the Bush administration would allow drilling along the East Coast and off the coast of California. Drilling was banned in most of the offshore areas of the United States outside ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
New Coolants Make For Hotter Planet
National Public Radio: More than 20 years ago, an international treaty known as the Montreal Protocol phased out a group of chemicals that were destroying the Earth's ozone layer. But since then, scientists have discovered that some of the chemicals developed to replace those destructive compounds might be contributing to another problem: global warming. These new chemicals are known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, and they're used as coolants in refrigerators. HFCs have largely replaced older ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Global Downturn Has Created Drop In Carbon Emissions
redOrbit: A report citing an International Energy Agency study shows that greenhouse gas emissions have fallen thanks to the global downturn, handing the world a chance to move away from high-carbon growth, AFP reported. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels had dropped significantly this year -- further than in any year in the past four decades, according to the unpublished IEA study. While falling industrial output was largely responsible for the emissions plunge, other factors ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Obama to shift focus to climate change
LA Times: After months of almost single-minded focus on healthcare, President Obama is about to shift the White House spotlight to global warming -- first with a speech to the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, then later in the week at the G-20 economic conference in Pittsburgh. The renewed emphasis on climate change and reducing carbon dioxide emissions comes at a crucial time: Negotiators are entering the home stretch in a drive to unveil a comprehensive international agreement to curb ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Carbon emissions fall with global downturn: report
Agence France-Presse: Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen thanks to the global downturn, handing the world a chance to move away from high-carbon growth, a report said Monday, citing an International Energy Agency study. The unpublished IEA study found carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels had dropped significantly this year -- further than in any year in the past four decades. Falling industrial output is largely responsible for the plunge in emissions, but other factors also played a role, ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Climate deal in peril, says Brown
BBC: The climate deal planned for Copenhagen in 10 weeks' time is in grave danger of failure, the prime minister has said. Gordon Brown has become the first world leader to offer to go to the Danish capital to help seal the deal. He told Newsweek magazine there was no second chance to undo "catastrophic damage" to the environment if "we miss the opportunity to protect the planet". This year's talks are vital as they aim to produce a successor to the Kyoto Climate Protocol on ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
River Deltas Sinking Due To Human Activity
ScienceDaily: A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates most of the world's low-lying river deltas are sinking from human activity, making them increasingly vulnerable to flooding from rivers and ocean storms and putting tens of millions of people at risk. While the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report concluded many river deltas are at risk from sea level rise, the new study indicates other human factors are causing deltas to sink significantly. The ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
California plans to levy greenhouse gas fees
San Francisco Chronicle: More than a year after Bay Area air pollution regulators became the first in the nation to charge businesses for pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the program has raked in close to $1.7 million. And as early as this week, the state may follow suit by imposing similar fees on large California polluters as part of an ongoing effort to cut greenhouse gases 20 percent by 2020. The proposed program from the California Air Resources Board and the fledgling regional effort are ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
A forecast for the climate change summit
National Public Radio: On Tuesday, 100 world leaders will meet at the United Nations for a summit on climate change. Host Liane Hansen talks to NPR science correspondent Richard Harris talks about what's at stake and what to expect. read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Better world: Share things
New Scientist: Looking for a romantic way to do your bit for the planet? Then move in with your lover, take baths together and snuggle up on the sofa to watch TV together. An awful lot of energy could be saved if only people shared things more, especially their homes. The evidence comes from the opposite end of the love spectrum. According to a recent study, if all the couples who divorced in the US had stayed together, in 2005 alone they would have used 2373 billion litres less water and 73 billion ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Antarctica's hidden plumbing revealed
New Scientist: THE first complete map of the lakes beneath Antarctica's ice sheets reveals the continent's secret water network is far more dynamic than we thought. This could be acting as a powerful lubricant beneath glaciers, contributing to sea level rise. Unlike previous lake maps, which are confined to small regions, Ian Joughin at the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues mapped 124 subglacial lakes across Antarctica using lasers on NASA's ICESat satellite <FIGREF ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Arctic sea ice levels third-lowest on record
Nature: Arctic sea ice has declined slightly less dramatically this year than in the past couple of years. But the seasonal minimum, reached this week, is still the third-lowest on record since satellite radar measurements began in 1979, reinforcing a marked 30-year downward trend in summertime ice extent. Scientists with the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder announced yesterday that the 5.1 million square kilometres sea-ice extent observed on 12 ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Kenya's rainmakers called to combat climate change
Agence France-Presse: Long vilified as sorcerers, Kenya's Nganyi rainmakers -- with meteorological equipment consisting of trees, pots and herbs -- are being enlisted to mitigate the effects of climate change. Kneeling in the dank shade of a small coppice near Maseno, in western Kenya, Alexander Okonda blows through a reed into a pot embedded in a tree hollow and containing a secret mixture of sacred water and herbs. "This contains so much information. It is something I feel from my head ... read more

21/09/2009 08:00 PM
Australia: Rudd pushes climate change treaty
Sydney Morning Herald: WASHINGTON: Australia's behind-the-scenes work on the legal framework for a new climate change treaty, and ways to finance poorer countries' efforts to adapt to a low-carbon world, could become a crucial contribution in breaking the impasse on a greenhouse treaty. The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, arrived in New York at the weekend for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, which comes as the world wrestles with some of the most difficult issues in 50 years: a major global ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Obama faces leadership test at U.N., G20
Reuters: U.S. President Barack Obama begins his biggest week yet on the world stage, facing pressure for results on an agenda of rekindling Middle East peace talks, tackling climate change and reshaping financial regulations. Obama's global starpower remains strong but doubts are emerging about what he can deliver in a week in which he will make his United Nations debut and host a financial summit. The nuclear dispute with Iran and the Afghanistan war will be among the top issues as ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
US Reluctance on Climate Change Persists
New York Times: Last Tuesday, Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader of the U.S. Senate, was asked by a reporter to appraise the odds that Congress, in the throes of debating health care changes, would manage to pass climate legislation in 2009 – including provisions for an emissions cap-and-trade plan. "So, you know, we are going to have a busy, busy time the rest of this year," Mr. Reid replied. "And, of course, nothing terminates at the end of this year. We still have next year to ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Rudd, Clinton talk climate change over brekkie
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd started the second day of his visit to the US by catching up with former US president Bill Clinton over breakfast. The two men used the meeting at one of Mr Clinton's favourite French cafes in Chappaqua, upstate New York, to discuss this week's UN climate change summit. Mr Rudd says he fears progress is not happening fast enough in time to reach a new deal on cutting emissions by the December meeting in Copenhagen. The two men will share the ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
Environmental groups to use Web to save rainforest
Reuters: Environmental activists are taking to the Internet in a new bid to help save the world's rainforests with the help of major corporations including Starbucks Corp and Dell Inc. Campaigners plan to announce on Monday the formation of "Team Earth," a social network that includes businesses, nongovernmental organizations, students and politicians with the hope of battling tropical deforestation. Team Earth will launch in November, but its organizers wanted to spread the word this ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
EU's Barroso warns climate talks in dangerous state
Reuters: U.N. climate change talks are "dangerously close to deadlock," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will warn on Monday, kicking off a week that could prove critical for efforts to halt global warming. The head of the European Union's executive will challenge developing nations to commit to greenhouse gas emissions curbs to get financial support from industrial nations, according to excerpts of his remarks obtained by Reuters. "Europe's message to the developing ... read more

20/09/2009 08:00 PM
PM urges leaders to attend climate talks
Guardian: Gordon Brown is to urge his fellow world leaders to agree to go personally to the vital UN climate change talks in Copenhagen in December in an attempt to break what is rapidly becoming a dangerous deadlock. Brown will make his proposals when he joins world leaders in New York and Pittsburgh next week to discuss climate change talks and the world economy. The UN Copenhagen talks are due to be attended only by environment ministers, but Brown believes the issues are so ... read more

19/09/2009 08:00 PM
The people's planet: On the road to Copenhagen
Independent (UK): Franny Armstrong Producer of 'The Age of Stupid' Cut our emissions by 10 per cent in 2010 "To maximise our chances of preventing runaway climate change, we must quickly and massively cut global emissions. By signing up to the 10:10 campaign, you will commit yourself, your school, your hospital, your church, your business, your whatever, to cut 10 per cent of your emissions next year. As well as being achievable for the vast majority of the population, 10 per cent in one ... read more

19/09/2009 08:00 PM
To go solar, start local
Washington Post: One March day in 2008, Ketch Ryan, a long-time environmentalist, sent a message to her neighborhood group e-mail list in the town of Chevy Chase, inviting neighbors to see the modest two-kilowatt solar-panel array she had just installed on her south-facing roof to convert sunlight into household electricity. "Loads of people came," Ryan said. They asked questions about the process and how to do it themselves. The Common Cents Solar Co-op was born then and there, founded by Ryan and ... read more

18/09/2009 08:00 PM
Birth control could help combat climate change
Associated Press: Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight climate change by slowing population growth, experts said Friday. More than 200 million women worldwide want contraceptives, but don't have access to them, according to an editorial published in the British medical journal, Lancet. That results in 76 million unintended pregnancies every year. If those women had access to free condoms or other birth control methods, that could slow rates of population ... read more

18/09/2009 08:00 PM
Britain's toads get new protection from the Department for Transport
Telegraph: Global warming has led to a change in their breeding and migrating patterns and this has forced the Department for Transport into a rethink on the rules which governing temporary road signs. As the law stands councils can only put up "migratory toad crossing" signs between February and May. But under the changes announced by the DfT these signs will go up in January giving the toad -- officially a "biodiversity priority species" -- an extra month's protection. It is ... read more

18/09/2009 08:00 PM
Contraceptives can reduce impact of climate change, says Lancet
Telegraph: In an editorial, The Lancet said more than 200 million women worldwide wanted contraceptives but lacked access to them. Addressing this unmet need could prevent 76 million unintended pregnancies each year, slow population growth, and reduce demographic pressure on the environment, it said. The journal said: ''Countries in the developing world least responsible for the growing emissions are likely to experience the heaviest impact of climate change, with women bearing the ... read more

18/09/2009 08:00 PM
German cabinet approves massive expansion of offshore wind farms
Spiegel: Germany's coastline may soon be bristling with wind turbines. A new plan involves 2,500 turbines, 30,000 new jobs and enough power for over 8 million households. Still, some worry that environmental regulations, financing difficulties and even security issues might hurt the ambitious plan. On Wednesday, Germany's cabinet approved plans to dedicate special zones off its northern coast to house up to 40 offshore windparks that could provide electricity to over eight million ... read more



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