November 15, 2010

India's Climate Change Report to Be Released Tuesday

India will release its first assessment report on Tuesday on the impact of climate change on agriculture, health, water and forests in four regions of the country.

Australian Gov't to Study Climate Policies of Foreign Countries

The Australian federal government on Monday tasked its so-called "Productivity Commission" with investigating how other countries are implementing a carbon price.

Climate Science "Under-Reported" at 2009 U.N. Summit

Less than 10 percent of the articles written about last year's Copenhagen climate summit dealt primarily with the science of climate change, a study showed on Monday.

China Cites Pollution for Rare-Earth Policy

Chinese officials are signaling greater efforts to tie the export of rare-earth metals to tougher environmental standards, suggesting worries over supplies of the critical elements could continue.

China's Ecological Footprint Continues to Grow

The spread of consumerism among China's burgeoning middle class is behind the rapid growth of the Asian giant's environmental footprint, a conservation group said Monday.

Gangsters Gain by Going Green and Global: Interpol

Powerful international mafias are turning their sights more and more on expanding into ivory poaching, illegal fishing and other "green" crimes, police and experts say.

 

BP Has Reimbursed $518 Million to U.S. for Oil-Spill Cleanup

BP has reimbursed the federal governmentt $518 million for cleanup costs for the oil spill in the Gulf, congressional auditors said, but those costs have already hit $581 million and are still growing.


Report Questions Cellulosic Ethanol Merits

A study making its way around the Agriculture Department raises doubts about the prospects for biofuels made from crop residue and other types of plant cellulose and calls for shifting the focus of government research funding.

Miners to Drill Under Sydney for Gas

Miners will drill under central Sydney hoping to strike what is believed to be a vast natural gas reserve the government on Sunday said could reduce the Australian city's carbon footprint.

'Fiery Ice' in Canadian Arctic Could Light Path to New Energy Source

An epic experiment in the Arctic has generated evidence, to be detailed in Tokyo this week, that frozen gas hydrates may live up to their billing as a plentiful energy source.

Who's Winning the Climate Science Vs. Skeptics Battle?

In the battle between climate change scientists and skeptics who question the connection between human activities and global warming, location matters.

 

Roman Decadence and Rising Seas

In studying Roman fish tanks carved into the Mediterranean shore, scientists concluded that global ocean volume had not changed much from the Roman era to the 19th century. But now sea levels are rising, turning that notion on its head.

Tainted PG&E Groundwater Plume Again Threatens Residents of Hinkley, Calif.

A plume of chromium-tainted groundwater is once again bearing down on residents of Hinkley, Calif., where more than a decade ago an underdog battle with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spawned a multimillion-dollar settlement and the Oscar-winning film "Erin Brockovich."

An Electric Motor That Cures the Rare Earth Blues?

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NovaTorque has devised a highly efficient electric motor that, as an added bonus, is cheaper to produce than conventional motors because it doesn't rely on magnets composed of rare earth elements like neodymium.

November 14, 2010

Climate Talks 'Will Not Yield Binding Treaty': Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that upcoming climate change talks in Mexico will produce "unprecedented results" but not a hoped-for legally binding treaty.

As Glaciers Melt, Scientists Seek New Data on Rising Seas

Researchers have been startled to see signs of rapid melting in Greenland and Antarctica, but lack enough data to precisely calculate how much coastal flooding could result.

3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

Three GOP senators demanded that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill.

Greenpeace Seeks Offshore Drilling Ban in UK

Greenpeace is taking the government to court to try to stop new UK deepsea drilling licenses being issued until the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are fully established.

Largest Solar Power Plant in Mass. About to Start

The Western Massachusetts Electric Co. site in Pittsfield -- New England's largest solar project -- promises to produce enough electricity for about 300 homes starting later this month.

 

Regulators Fault Westinghouse on Reactor Plans

Federal regulators have faulted Westinghouse Electric for parts of its analysis of what would happen if an airliner slammed into a proposed nuclear reactor that could be built at plants.

Indian Minister Criticizes 'Criminal' SUVs

India's environment minister attacked the use of large gas-guzzling SUVs on Indian roads as "criminal" on Friday, the Press Trust of India reported.

How Brazil Can Speak for Both Rich and Poor Countries on Climate Change

Brazil is emerging as a key player in climate change talks, thanks to its growing economic heft and good global reputation.

Kenya's First Carbon Exchange Ready for Launch

The Nairobi Climate Exchange, the first of its kind on the continent, will facilitate trading in carbon credits for other African countries by the middle of next year.

Officials Seek Stronger Gas Drilling Rules

As West Virginia's number of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells skyrockets, many concerned residents are calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to increase its oversight of the industry.

Officials Linked Climate Deal to Aboriginals Asking Feds for More Cash

The federal government raised the prospect that northern aboriginals might seek more money if countries signed a climate-change treaty in Copenhagen last year, new documents show.

LG Chem Sees More Battery Orders for GM's Volt in 2011

South Korea's LG Chem expects to secure more battery orders for GM's upcoming Volt electric cars for 2011 because of higher-than-expected demand for the car.

November 12, 2010

G20 Vows to 'Spare No Effort' for Cancun Climate Meeting

The world's 20 largest rich and emerging economies including China vowed Friday to "spare no effort" at upcoming climate change talks in Mexico.

 

U.N. and World Bank Report Says Act Now or Pay Much More Later for Climate Disasters.

Annual monetary losses for natural disasters are expected to rise to $185 billion worldwide by the end of the century, a new joint U.N. and World Bank study concludes.

Greenland Wants $2Bn Bond from Oil Firms Keen to Drill in Its Arctic Waters

Greenland is demanding that oil companies bidding to drill in huge areas of its Arctic waters each pay an estimated $2bn upfront "bond" to meet the clean-up costs from any large spill.

 

Coal Mine, Oil Rig Disasters Highlight Problems with Government Safety Awards

Advocates say gov't safety awards -- given, in some instances, to firms involved in disasters -- show dangers posed when federal agencies become cozy with industries they regulate.


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