Today’s Climate: January 30-31, 2010

Share this article

China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy (New York Times)

China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the U.S. last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further in 2010.

India Reaffirms Opposition to Binding Carbon Cuts (AFP)

India reaffirmed to the UN that it would reject any attempt to impose legally binding climate goals, but pledged to reduce its emissions intensity by 20 to 25% by 2020 compared to 2005 levels.

Canada Files Emissions Target with UN (CBC News)

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said on Saturday that by 2020 Canada would reduce emissions by 17% from 2005 levels, the same target the U.S. announced to the UN on Thursday.

Environmentalists Target Brown in New Ad (Boston Globe)

In Internet ads set to begin running on Monday, Clean Energy Works — a coalition of 60 groups — is calling on Scott Brown, the newly elected Massachusetts senator, to keep his "word” in controlling carbon emissions.

Exelon Says It Will Join Ill.’s FutureGen Alliance (AP)

Exelon Corp. announced that it plans to join the FutureGen Alliance, an organization developing an experimental clean-coal power plant in eastern Illinois.

IMF Working on Plans for "Green Fund" (Reuters)

The International Monetary Fund is working on proposals for a multi-billion dollar "green fund" to help countries tap funds to deal with the effects of climate change, the head of the institution said.

Ed Miliband Declares War on Climate Change Skeptics (Guardian)

The UK climate secretary, Ed Miliband, last night warned of the danger of a public backlash against the science of global warming in the face of continuing claims that experts have manipulated data.

IPCC’s Claim Over Amazonian Rainforest Unsubstantiated (ANI)

In another blow to the UN IPCC, it has emerged that the agency’s claim that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim in a report from environmental group WWF.

Germany Aims to Delay Solar Incentive Cuts (Reuters)

German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen wants to delay some of the proposed cuts for solar power incentives by one month, government sources said, a move that is unlikely to alter the gloomy outlook for the industry.

Suzlon Energy Expects More Orders on Alternative Energy Demand (Bloomberg)

Suzlon Energy, India’s biggest maker of wind-turbine generators, said it expects orders to increase this year as a recovering global economy rekindles investments in alternative energy projects.

Carbon Market Could Grow 33% This Year (Green Inc.)

The global carbon market is expected to total $170 billion this year, a 33% jump from 2009, driven mostly by higher prices in Europe and a growth in the nascent carbon market in the U.S., according to a new report from Point Carbon.

Tesla IPO: Electric Car Startup Files for $100M IPO, Finally (Earth2Tech)

Tesla Motors, the electric car startup, has just registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a $100 million initial public offering. This could be the biggest IPO for a U.S. car company since Ford’s IPO more than 50 years ago.

Kentucky Studies 42 Locations with Best Potential for Nuclear Plants (Courier-Journal)

State officials are scouting 42 potential nuclear power plant sites around Kentucky, as legislation to end what has effectively been a 26-year moratorium on nuclear power cleared the state Senate and awaits a hearing in the House.