January 19, 2011

Can We Trust Climate Models? Increasingly, the Answer is 'Yes'

Forecasting what the Earth's climate might look like a century from now has long presented a huge challenge to climate scientists. But better understanding of the climate system and rapidly improving computing power are slowly leading to more reliable methods.

Climate Change Could Boost Crops in US, China

A global population explosion combined with the steady effects of climate change are forecast to create a worldwide food shortage in the next 10 years, but the news isn't all bad for some countries.


Al Gore Highlights Link Between Floods, Global Warming in 'Climate Crisis'

The former vice president held up floods in Australia and Brazil as signs of climate change, urging immediate action.

For Devotees of Wind Power, a New Product Label

A group of companies and environmental organizations, including the wind turbine maker Vestas, have unveiled a new label that they hope will tug at consumers' heartstrings by detailing to what extent wind power was used to make various products.

Two Cleantech Behemoths Team Up to Tackle Clean Coal: GE and China

GE announced that it will form a clean coal technology joint venture in China with Shenhua, a state-owned coal mining and energy company. The joint venture company will sell industrial coal gasification technology licenses, conduct research and development and build facilities.

January 18, 2011

Floodwaters Inundate Southeast Australia

Knee-deep water has inundated communities in southeast Australia and split one town in two, as swollen rivers carried flood fears downstream and officials urged residents to evacuate.


More Mountaintop Mining Decisions Loom

The Obama administration is facing a string of politically difficult decisions over one of the country's most contentious environmental issues: mountaintop removal coal mining.

New China Pollution Targets Inadequate: Greenpeace

Environmental group Greenpeace praised China for setting new pollution targets but said the measures fell well short of what was needed to curb the country's carbon emissions.


Leaking Alaska Oil Pipeline Repaired

A leak in a section of pipe discovered earlier this month in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System has been repaired, and the operator of the pipeline is preparing to restart the flow of oil Monday.

Austrian Emissions Registry Shut Due to Hacking

The Austrian emissions trading registry has been closed until further notice due to a hacker attack on January 10, it said on its website.

Alaska Native Groups to Sue over Polar Bear Plan

A coalition of Alaska Native groups put the federal government on notice Monday that they intend to sue over a recovery plan for polar bears faced with diminishing sea ice and climate change.

Nuke Company Execs Fights Back in Federal Court

Executives at a small Idaho company aiming to build a nuclear power plant are disputing claims by federal regulators that they tried to defraud investors.

Energy Lands Prime Spot on Obama-Hu Agenda, Official Says

U.S.-China cooperation on energy – which has been strained of late – will be a major topic of discussion when Chinese President Hu Jintao, a top Energy Department official said.

IMS Research Says PV Installations Grew 130% in 2010

IMS Research has reiterated that that new PV installations grew by a massive 130% to reach 17.5GW in 2010. Installations in 2011 are expected to increase by a double-digit amount to reach 20.5GW, culminating in a total installed capacity of 58GW by the end of this year.

Bob Lutz Gets "Current," Joins Electric Scooter Company

Current Motor Company, a Michigan-based electric scooter startup, recently added automotive guru Bob Lutz to its leadership team.

January 17, 2011

Thaw of Earth's Icy Sunshade May Stoke Warming

Shrinking ice and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reflecting less sunshine back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming, a study showed.


Miliband Calls BP's Russian Tie-Up 'Worrying'

Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, said that the deal giving BP access to oilfields in Russia's Arctic waters, was "worrying", since it came while the British company was recovering from the explosion.

Australia Grants Exploration Permits to BP

Australia granted offshore petroleum exploration permits to BP on Monday in a vote of confidence after last year's catastrophic oil spill.

Conservation Group Sues to Stop California Solar Plant

A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert.

Why Six Petro Giants Are Obsessed with Oil Sands

Boxed out of most global oil plays, ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ConocoPhillips and Chevron see their fates tied to Alberta crude.

Toyota Developing Alternative Electric Motor

Toyota is developing a new type of electric motor to cut its dependence on rare earth metals and lower costs, a company spokesman said Monday.

New Algerian City To Be Model for Low-Carbon Urban Development in Developing World

A newly unveiled project to build a sustainable, low-carbon city in Algeria may serve as a prototype for urban development in other cities of the developing world.

Indonesian Crop Failures Add to Food Fears

Indonesia is in the grip of crop failures, which are threatening millions of jobs and pushing up food prices for tens of millions of poor families when global food prices are already on the rise.

January 16, 2011

Climate Cost Even Greater than Feared: Lord Stern

British economist Nicholas Stern said the price of fighting climate change is now higher than he estimated in a 2006 study that earned him a 400,000-euro Spanish award on Friday.

No Time for Delay on Climate Change, Says Clinton

U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton asked countries like India, China and the EU to show urgency in implementing agreements on transparency, funding and clean energy technology.

Appeal Filed to Halt Power Plant in Western Kansas

A court appeal filed Friday challenged the construction of a coal-fired power plant in western Kansas, claiming it would pump dangerous pollutants into the air.

Alleged Leaks from Carbon Storage Project Questioned

Scientists are questioning the validity of the most damning evidence that a high-profile Saskatchewan carbon capture and storage project is leaking and dangerous.

EPA Gets Citizen Backing in Texas Greenhouse-Gas Dispute at Dallas Hearing

Scores of Texans on Friday backed the EPA and blasted Texas officials at a hearing in Dallas on the federal takeover of greenhouse-gas permitting in the state.

Dispute Puts Mining Deal in Jeopardy

Milwaukee's two mining machine firms are caught in an international dispute over financing for a $19 billion South African coal plant that could cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Opponents to Fracking Disclosure Take Big Money from Industry

The Interior Dept. is mulling whether it should require drilling firms to disclose the chemicals they use to frack wells. But if money is an indicator, opponents to regulation have the upper hand.

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