Today’s Climate: February 28, 2010

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House Democrats Challenge EPA on Greenhouse Gases (AP)

Two top House Democrats — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri — have introduced a measure aimed at blocking the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Senators to Propose Abandoning Cap-and-Trade (Washington Post)

Three key senators are engaged in a behind-the-scenes overhaul of climate legislation, preparing to jettison the cap-and-trade approach that has defined the legislative debate for close to a decade.

Tribes Reject Cape Wind Farm Offer (Cape Cod Times)

A million-dollar offer by Cape Wind Associates to each of the Indian tribes fighting the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has been declined.

China Says Moving to Enforce Greenhouse Gas Goals (Reuters)

China said on Sunday it will spell out greenhouse gas emissions goals and monitoring rules in its next five-year plan to show it is serious about curbing emissions.

Rudd Not Backing Down on ETS (AAP)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he remains committed to introducing an emissions trading scheme, despite the Senate having already rejected it twice.

India to Start Clean Energy Fund by Taxing Coal Use (Bloomberg)

India, the world’s fourth-largest polluter, plans to levy a tax on coal of $1 a metric ton and use the money to start a national fund to back renewable energy projects.

Japan: Bill Stipulates 25% Emissions Cuts (Yomiuri Shimbun)

The Japanese government will set an emissions-reduction target of 25% from 1990 levels by 2020, if all major emitters agree to a climate treaty, according to a draft bill in the legislature.

Warming Panel, Under Attack, Seeks Outside Review (AP)

The Nobel Prize-winning IPCC says it is seeking some kind of independent outside review because of recent criticism about its four 2007 reports.

British Firms Face Onslaught from Tar Sands Campaigners (Guardian)

A group of shareholders and environmentalists are planning to turn this week’s annual meetings of BP, Shell and Royal Bank of Scotland into a referendum on the companies’ Canadian tar sands operations.

California Raises Solar Net Metering Cap (ENN)

Gov. Schwarzenegger Friday signed a bill that increases the cap on solar net metering to 5% from its previous level of 2.5 percent. The law is seen as a critical component of the state’s million solar roofs initiative.

Google Develops Prototype Mirror for Solar Energy (Reuters)

Google Inc. has developed a prototype for a new mirror technology that could cut by half the cost of building a solar thermal plant, the company’s green energy czar has said.

End to Bickering Urged to Achieve New Climate Pact (AP)

Environmental officials have urged rich and poor countries to stop bickering in climate change negotiations, as a Chinese delegate accused rich nations of reneging on commitments to fight global warming.

EU Needs New CO2 Strategy for Global Talks: Poland (Reuters)

The EU’s aim to lead the world in adopting ambitious emission cuts has failed and the bloc needs a new strategy for climate talks, a Polish official was quoted on Saturday as saying.

Coffee Hit by Global Warming Say Growers (AFP)

Coffee producers say they are getting hammered by global warming, with higher temperatures forcing growers to move to prized higher ground, putting the cash crop at risk.