Today’s Climate: March 24, 2010

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U.S. Senate Climate Bill Details Still Unfinished (Reuters)

Senators negotiating climate and energy legislation struggled over details on Tuesday as lawmakers approached a two-week break without a full legislative proposal in hand.

EPA to Seek More Data on Emissions (New York Times)

The EPA has proposed adding the oil and gas sector and facilities that inject CO2 into the ground to the greenhouse gas sources that are required to report their annual emissions to the government.

Report: Tribes Key in Renewable Energy Development (AP)

American Indian tribes have huge potential to develop renewable energy resources on their lands but first must overcome a number of challenges, namely financial, according to a new report.

LA Tops EPA List With Most Energy-Efficient Buildings (Sustainable Business)

Los Angeles has the most energy-efficient buildings of any metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a new list released by the EPA.

Greenland’s Ice Melt Widens (MSNBC)

Melt along the southern edge of Greenland’s ice sheet is now moving up its northwest coast and has been "very dramatic" since 2005, a new study led by Denmark’s National Space Institute shows.

UN’s Climate Chief Calls for Urgent Aid for Poorest Nations (Bloomberg)

Rich nations should quickly start channeling the first round of climate aid for developing countries and show "real leadership" in reducing emissions blamed for global warming, the UN top climate official said.

Australia: Brown Coal Emissions Rise 10% in a Decade (The Age)

Greenhouse gas emissions from Victoria’s brown-coal fired power stations increased nearly 10% over the past decade despite government programs designed to promote renewable energy.

Carbon Market Rift Over Hungary May Shrink Trading (Bloomberg)

The UN carbon market, the world’s second largest, is at risk of shrinking until regulators close a loophole that allowed Hungary to sell credits that are invalid in Europe.

Nicolas Sarkozy Under Fire after Carbon Tax Plan Shelved (Guardian)

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president who vowed to try to "save the human race" with a tax on carbon, is now being accused by his junior ecology minister of pandering to "eco-skepticism," after the reform was in effect abandoned by the government.

UK Conservatives Study ‘Green Bonds’ to Fund Bank (Bloomberg)

Britain’s Conservative opposition is looking at ways to create "green bonds" in a way that won’t add to the government’s budget deficit, said Greg Barker, the party’s lawmaker in charge of climate change policy.

BP, Others Push Against Federal Regulation of Fracturing (Greenwire)

BP and two other oil and gas companies are lobbying for the new Senate climate bill to recommend against U.S. regulation of an oil and gas drilling technique, known as hydraulic fracturing.

Q-Cells Sees Restructuring Bearing Fruit in 2010 (Reuters)

Q-Cells, the world’s fourth biggest maker of solar cells, expects sales to rise by up to 50% this year on strong demand in Europe and as it pushes into new areas after a record loss in 2009.

Japan Proposes Wind, Geothermal Power Feed-in Tariff (Bloomberg)

A Japanese trade ministry panel today proposed expanding the feed-in tariff to require utilities to buy electricity at a premium from hydropower stations, wind turbine and geothermal operators.

Poor Nations ‘Most at Risk’ from Plant Loss (AFP)

Global warming could reduce the range of plant biodiversity by more than nine percent by century’s end, and poor countries least to blame for the problem will be worst hit, a study published on Wednesday says.