Today’s Climate: October 7, 2009

Share this article

G77 Members Walk Out Over Plan to Change Kyoto Pact (Reuters)

Senior G77 members walked out of a meeting during climate talks in Bangkok last night, saying they would not discuss a future without the Kyoto Protocol climate pact.

Mexico Describes US as a ‘Stumbling Block’ in Climate Talks (Reuters)

The United States came under more pressure to show leadership in U.N. climate talks today, with Mexico saying its neighbor is a "stumbling block" in efforts to try to craft a tough global climate agreement by December.

Dems Open to Nuclear to Win GOP Support for Climate Bill (ClimateWire)

Key Senate Democrats signaled they are willing to negotiate with Republicans on nuclear power and expanded oil and gas development if it helps in nailing down the 60 votes necessary for passage of a comprehensive climate and energy bill.

EU Plan to Curb CO2 Would Favor Solar, CCS (New York Times)

The European Commission is expected to introduce a plan today for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that directs the largest slices of €50 billion available for research and development to solar power and burying emissions from coal plants.

Indonesia Announces Goals to Curb Deforestation Emissions (NRDC)

A little-noticed announcement from Indonesia could have a huge impact on global warming pollution: "We are devising an energy mix policy including LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry) that will reduce our emissions by 26 percent by 2020 from BAU."

Deutsche Bank: End is Nigh for the Age of Oil (Financial Times)

“This is the end of the 20th Century of Oil; we are entering the 21st Century of Electricity,” say analysts at Deutsche Bank in a major new report warning of high price volatility for fuel as the leadership baton is passed.

IEA: China’s Renewable Energy Efforts Paying Dividends (New York Times)

China will be able to slow the growth of its emissions much faster than commonly assumed because of its rising investment in wind and nuclear energy and its newfound emphasis on energy efficiency, the IEA finds.

Economists Urge Quick, Aggressive Climate Action (Oregonian)

The sound way to deal with the threats of climate change is to spend the money now to rapidly convert the world to carbon-free energy, or the world will find itself paying a whole lot more later, "The Economics of 350” report says.

Half Dominion’s ‘Green’ Program Money Goes to Admin Costs (Times-Dispatch)

Half the money customers pay to participate in Dominion Virginia Power’s green power program goes to cover the renewable energy option’s administrative costs. The company says it’s just passing the cost along.

W.Va. Governor: EPA ‘Inhumane’ to Delay Mining (Charleston Gazette)

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin called the EPA’s decision to more closely review mining permits in four states "cruel and inhumane." He questioned the agency’s power to take the action and said he was weighing his options as governor.

Tories ‘Green Deal’ Comes With Coal (Guardian)

An energy plan proposed today by Britain’s Conservatives would give every homeowner up to £6,500 for energy efficient, but it would also immediately approve several new coal and nuclear plants.

Duke Plans Offshore Wind Pilot Project (Greentech Media)

The utility expects to put up as much as $35 million to set up wind turbines off the North Carolina coast to learn a thing or two about operating an offshore wind farm.

Airline Industry: Taxing Air Travel No Quick Fix for Climate (AFP)

The chairman of the International Air Transport Association said the industry was being wrongly portrayed by environmentalists as the "bogeyman of climate change" and viewed by policymakers as a "cash-cow.”

Can Saltwater-Guzzling Plants Provide Airplane Biofuel? (Cleantech)

Boeing, Honeywell and Masdar all want in on a new research study that looks at the large-scale production potential of jet fuels from unique plants known as halophytes.

Dow Sees Huge Market in Solar Shingles (Reuters)

Dow Chemical plans to begin selling a new rooftop shingle next year that uses thin-film cells to convert sunlight into electricity. It expects them to be 30-40% cheaper than current building-integrated solar.

Rich Ontario Incentives Woo Green Power Investors (Reuters)

The Canadian province of Ontario took a page from the European playbook positioning itself as one of the greenest locations in North America, and investors are taking notice.