Today’s Climate: January 2-3, 2010

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Nations Made Limited Progress at Copenhagen Summit, India Says (Bloomberg)

Indian PM Manmohan Singh said nations made "limited progress" at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and no one was satisfied with the outcome.

Australian Ruling Party Has Solid Lead (Reuters)

Australia’s Labor government starts an election year with a solid lead against the conservative opposition, which blocked key climate change legislation, according to a major poll published on Saturday.

New Homes in Hawaii Must Have Solar Water Heaters (AP)

With the new year, Hawaii has become the first state requiring solar water heaters in new homes.

Bad Year for Biofuel Ends On a Dour Note (Reuters)

A federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon expired Friday. As a result, some U.S. producers say they will shut down without the subsidy.

Two-State Power Line Is Put Off (Wall Street Journal)

Plans by two big utilities to build a $1.8 billion, 275-mile transmission line from West Virginia to Maryland stumbled last week when officials said it might not be needed because of less-robust electricity demand.

Shell Accused of Abandoning Solar Power Buyers in the Developing World (Guardian)

Shell has become embroiled in a dispute with the World Bank after allegations that it is unfairly refusing to honor warranties on solar power systems sold to the developing world.

Mass. Planning New Solar Energy Push in 2010 (AP)

Massachusetts is planning a new drive for solar energy in 2010 with a string of programs designed to dramatically increase the number and size of solar panel arrays in the state.

Endangered Species to Get Daily Web Spot in 2010 (Reuters)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said it would issue throughout the coming year an extensive daily portrait of each of the 365 animals, birds and plants most under threat of disappearance.

Green Technology To Be Used by Top Firms to Overhaul UK Homes (Guardian)

Some of Britain’s leading firms are partnering with top academic institutions to "retrofit" hundreds of thousands of homes, using the latest clean technology to transform energy and water efficiency.

Gordon Brown Unveils £100bn Wind Farm Gamble (Times Online)

Gordon Brown will this week launch a £100 billion green power revolution when he awards a raft of development contracts to build a new generation of offshore wind farms.

Npower Criticized Over Low Energy Light Bulb Handout (BBC News)

Britain’s third largest energy supplier has been criticized for sending out millions of low energy light bulbs to meet its target under a household energy cutting scheme, instead of investing in more effective measures.

UN Panel Likely to Adopt Japanese Safety Rules For Electric Cars (Green Car Congress) 

The UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulation will "likely adopt" many Japanese safety rules for hybrid and electric vehicles as global standards, the Nikkei reports.

Indian Ocean Climate Event Occurring More Frequently Due to Global Warming (ANI)

A team of scientists has determined that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), an oscillation of sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, is occurring much more frequently because of global warming.

Miners’ Deaths Fall to Record Low (AP)

The number of coal miners killed on the job in the U.S. fell for a second straight year, to 34, the fewest since officials began keeping records nearly a century ago.