Today’s Climate: September 8, 2009

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EU Ready to Shoulder 30% of Global Climate Funding (EurActiv)

The EU is prepared to put up to 30% of the money required to finance an ambitious post-Kyoto climate treaty and overcome the current standoff in the negotiations, a draft European Commission document laying out “fair shares” of the global cost shows.

Pachauri: Tougher Global Warming Caps Still Possible (Reuters)

The world can still cap global warming at far lower levels than widely expected if nations "bite the bullet" and slash greenhouse gas emissions, the chairman of the U.N. climate panel says.

Massey CEO Stages Concert to Rail Against Climate Bill (Charleston Gazette)

Massey CEO Don Blankenship spent $1 million on a Labor Day concert and political rally where he told the thousands of attendees that global warming was “pure make-believe” and called climate bill supporters “un-American.”

Security Guards Quit Massey Job Over Treatment of Protesters (Huffington Post)

The behavior of Massey employees and the directives from management were so aggressive, they threatened the safety of two tree-sitting protesters, the guards say. Two guards who resigned tell the story on video.

India Already Facing Costs of Climate Change (Globe & Mail)

India is in the midst of a massive drought that could imperil basic food for millions of people; monsoon rains have failed, other areas have been hit with cyclones that left tens of thousands homeless, and “black carbon” is rapidly melting the Himalayan glaciers.

UN: Copenhagen Meeting Needs More Info on Non-CO2 Pollutants (Business Green)

The UN says urgent scientific investigation of the impact of a range of non-C02 pollutants is needed ahead of the climate convention in Copenhagen if real and meaningful action is to be taken against global warming.

Japan Emissions Target Could Be Game Changer at Copenhagen (AFP)

Japan’s announcement of a 25% cut in its greenhouse gas emissions could be a game-changer at the UN showdown on climate change in Copenhagen by sweeping away the who-jumps-first obsession.

To Make Better Biofuels, Researchers Add Hydrogen (CNet)

Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products more efficiently than existing cellulosic ethanol technologies.

First Ship Exhaust Emission Scrubber Approved (Maritime Global Net)

Norway’s DNV says it has issued a compliance certificate for the first ship fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system capable of meeting the requirements of SOx Emission Control Areas.

UK Foreign Secretary Out to Shock on Climate Change Tour (Guardian)

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is confronting European officials this week with the specter of a 4C warmer world, with alligators basking off the coast of Sweden, a vast desert surrounding the Mediterranean and a largely uninhabitable mainland Europe.

British Business Lobby: Focus on Select Low-Carbon Sectors (Financial Times)

The UK’s top business lobbying group is urging the government to focus on a few key low-carbon technologies where it has a chance of becoming a world leader rather than wasting effort on a wider range.

Japan Steel Forecasts China to Build More Nuclear Plants (Bloomberg)

Japan Steel Works, a maker of atomic reactor parts for Areva SA and Toshiba, has more than doubled its forecast for China’s nuclear plant construction because of stimulus spending and environmental pressures there.

Maldives to Introduce Green Tax on Tourists (Reuters)

The Maldives archipelago, threatened by rising sea levels blamed on climate change, says it will introduce a new environment tax on all tourists who use its resorts and provide its economic lifeline.

Inside a Carbon Zero Home (BBC)

Take a video tour of a carbon-zero model home in the UK.