November 25, 2010

2010 So Far "Tied for Hottest Year"

This year is so far tied for the hottest year on record in a new sign of a warming trend, the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates said.


Greenhouse Gases 'Rise to Record Levels in 2009'

Greenhouse gas concentrations reached record levels in 2009, the UN's weather agency said, warning that global warming could set off even greater methane emissions from the Arctic.


Investors Hope U.N. Talks Keep Climate Deal on Track

Investors in "green" assets hope that upcoming U.N. climate talks will salvage a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, and in the meantime widen and simplify existing carbon markets.

Obama Administration Sets Aside 'Critical Habitat' for Polar Bears in Alaska

The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling.

First California Carbon Trade at $11.50

The first trade in California carbon emissions allowances has taken place at $11.50 a tonne, according to the broker that handled the transaction.

Netted Tar Balls Close Deepwater Shrimp Fishing

An area off the Gulf Coast hit hard by the BP oil spill was closed Wednesday to fishing for a deepwater shrimp species after a skipper hauled up tar balls in his net, federal regulators said.

BP Made Risky Decisions Before Spill: Panel Document

BP made a series of decisions while drilling its doomed Macondo well that saved time but added risks prior to its massive Gulf spill, according to a White House oil spill commission.

Obama Admin. Backs Spill Figures, Releases E-Mails

The Obama administration defended the integrity of estimates that for months were inaccurate in showing how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, disclosing thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists on the project.


Pa. Investigating Spill at Natural Gas Well Site

State officials were investigating a leak of drilling wastewater at a natural gas well site in north-central Pennsylvania that polluted a stream and a spring, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said Tuesday.

First Solar Wins Reprive in EU Toxic Substance Ban

EU lawmakers voted on Wednesday to exempt solar panels from a ban on toxic substances in electrical goods, enabling leading maker First Solar to keep selling its products in the industry's biggest market.

Chevy Volt Tops Prius in Fuel Economy Rating

General Motors said on Wednesday its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will carry an overall fuel economy rating of 60 miles per gallon, topping the Toyota Prius.

Enviro Groups Protest Greenhouse Gas Impacts of BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Environmentalists announced a protest Wednesday of a planned BLM sale of 223 oil and gas leases in Montana and North Dakota, saying the agency is failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions and conserve valuable public minerals.

November 24, 2010

Asian Coal Exports Get Boost from WA Port Approval

Efforts by the U.S. coal industry to expand its export market have taken a step forward, as officials in Washington approved a plan to ship the fuel to Asia through a Columbia River port.

EU's Coal Nations Win Battle in Quest for Subsidies

Europe's coal countries won a key vote for more subsidies in the European Parliament on Tuesday, a win that adds to their lobbying power but carries little legal clout.

Administration Wants to Speed Up Process for Windmills in Atlantic

The Obama administration Tuesday announced a plan to speed up development of wind energy by searching the Atlantic Coast for the most desirable places to build windmills.

White House Clears EPA Renewable Fuels Standard

The White House cleared the way for the EPA to issue a final rule on how much ethanol and other renewable automobile fuels will be sold next year.

World's Lakes Getting Hotter, More Than the Air

A first-of-its-kind NASA study is finding nice cool lakes are heating up — even faster than air.

Study Sees Polar Bears Losing Out to Grizzlies

Polar bears are likely to lose out to grizzly bears in fierce competition for food as climate change drives the two species closer together into shared habitat, biologists said.


Canada Goes into Climate Talks with Little to Offer

Canada will head into climate talks in Cancun with a part-time environment minister, little chance of meeting its own emissions targets and under attack for oil sands development.

Ontario to Inject Cash into Nuclear Plants

Plans released Tuesday show that Ontario will refurbish 10 nuclear reactors and build two new ones at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station over the next 10 to 15 years.

Italy Has Largest PV Solar Farm in Europe

SunEdison has connected its 70-megawatt PV solar farm in Rovigo, Italy to power over 17,000 homes, but is it really Europe's largest?

Dispersant Rid Gulf of More Oil Than Estimated

Chemical dispersants did a better job of breaking up oil spilled from BP's blown-out Gulf of Mexico well than previously estimated.

Oil Spill Commission Pulled Back Slide on Risky BP Decisions

The presidential commission that is probing the Gulf oil spill held back a slide at its last hearing that catalogued nearly a dozen risky decisions made by companies involved in the disaster.

Nissan's Electric Leaf Rated at 99 Mpg Equivalent

Regulators have rated the electric Nissan Motor Leaf car at an equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, the Japanese automaker said.

Australia to Shake Up Offshore Drilling Rules

Australia committed to tighten regulations for offshore oil and gas drilling, but stopped short of imposing onerous safety requirements on an industry that generates jobs and government revenue.

November 23, 2010

UN: Emission Pledges Fall Short of Climate Target

Emissions cuts pledged by countries in a nonbinding accord last year fall short of what's needed to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, the U.N.'s environment agency said.


China Says It Is World's Top Greenhouse Gas Emitter

China acknowledged on Tuesday it is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, confirming what scientists have long said but defending its right to keep growing emissions.

Next Climate Warming Report Will Be Dramatically Worse: UN

UN leaders will demand "concrete results" from the looming Cancun climate summit as global warming is accelerating, a top UN organizer of the event said Monday.


Climate Costs Set to Rise, Technology Can Help: U.N.

Costs of combating global warming will rise inexorably if the world fails to cap greenhouse gases by 2015, but new technologies can curb the price, the head of the UN IPCC said.

China Calls on U.S. to Take Lead at Climate Talks

China called on the U.S. on Tuesday to step up and ensure climate change talks opening next week make progress, as the world's top two carbon emitters remain divided over the issue.


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