December 10, 2010

Russia Will Not Renew Kyoto Protocol

The UN climate change conference in Cancún – and the future of the Kyoto protocol – was cast into doubt after Russia said it would not renew its commitment to the treaty.

Kuwait Offers to Invest €600 Million in French Nuke Giant

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund has offered to invest €600 million in French state-controlled nuclear engineering firm Areva for a 4.8% stake in the company.

Tax Bill To Extend 45-cent Ethanol Credit One Year

A tax-cut bill in the Senate will extend the 45-cent a gallon ethanol tax credit -- the major subsidy for the biofuel -- for one year, said two ethanol industry sources

In Cancún, a Roar of Indignation From Bolivia

"If, from here, we send the Kyoto Protocol to the rubbish bin we are responsible for ecocide and genocide because we'll be sending many people to their deaths," he said.

December 9, 2010

Smart Grid in Europe is All about Renewables

George Bernard Shaw once claimed that England and America were "two countries divided by a common language". This adage may hold true even when the language is smart grid.


Cancun Delegates Debate Climate Fund: Who Pays?

Should airline passengers pay a small tax to help out? How about global money dealers? Or perhaps governments should take gasoline subsidies and put it toward the climate cause.


Japan Defiant in Face of Diplomatic Pressure

A senior Japanese negotiator said it had come under intense diplomatic pressure to soften its stance at the climate talks in Cancún, but said his country would not compromise

Industry Launches Campaign to Promote Canadian Oil Sand Imports

The American Petroleum Institute, the powerful oil and natural-gas industry trade group, will launch an ad campaign and "grassroots outreach" effort to sell "the benefits of oil sands to U.S. consumers."

U.S. Govt, Halliburton Reach Deal on Fracking Info

Halliburton has reached an agreement to provide EPA with details about the chemicals it uses in a controversial technique to drill for natural gas, on a rolling basis through the end of January 2011

Climate Change Shifts River's Course between Congo and Uganda

Increased flooding of the Semliki river in recent years has led to major shifts in its course – and the moving river means that Uganda is shrinking.

Climate Pledges Are 9 Gigatons Short

The "gigaton gap" looms large as UN climate talks in Cancún enter their final days without new commitments from big polluters to cut their carbon dioxide emissions: a 5 to 9 gigaton gap. 

EU Coal Nations Near Victory in Subsidies Fight

Germany and other European coal-mining countries looked set on Wednesday for a victory over environmentalists by securing an extension of coal subsidies until 2018

G-20 Determines World's Energy Fate, Says Report

China may lead, but government policies of the 20 most influential nations collectively hold power over how much money is privately invested in clean power projects, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Big Business Backs Deforestation Deal

Titans of the corporate world arrived in Cancún today to endorse a deal in the works at the UN summit to take on climate change by protecting tropical forests.

World Bank Fund for New Carbon Trading Schemes

The World Bank will open a new $US100m fund to help developing countries set up carbon trading schemes.

Italy Regulator Suspends Greenhouse Gas Market

Italy's energy markets regulator GME has suspended the local bourse for greenhouse gas emissions, citing market irregularities

UN Climate Talks Seek to Avert Damaging Failure

Almost 200 nations sought to break a deadlock between rich and poor on steps to fight global warming and avert a new, damaging setback after they failed to agree to a U.N. treaty last year in Copenhagen.


Japan Eyes Environment Tax from October 2011

Japan's tax commission will propose the introduction of an environment tax from October 2011 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, the Nikkei business daily said.

Colo. Regulators Split on Xcel Coal-to-Gas Plan

Colorado regulators are split on Xcel Energy's plan for cutting air pollution from coal-fired power plants by 2018.

December 8, 2010

Blankenship Gets $12 Million Retirement Package

Massey Energy late today detailed its severance package for retiring CEO Don Blankenship. The deal appears to include $12 million, in two payments.

Upton Wins Energy and Commerce Gavel

Rep. Fred Upton beat out Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and others in contentious race for the chairmanship.

Push for Ethanol Credits in Tax Package

Corn-belt senators are preparing to push for inclusion of a proposal to extend ethanol tax credits as part of a broad tax package negotiated by the White House

Wind Group Warns of Job Losses

The wind industry urged Congress on Tuesday to extend a cash grant program for production of renewable energy, claiming tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.

Rockefeller Eyes Omnibus to Block EPA Climate Rules

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is pinning his hopes for blocking EPA climate change rules on the uncertain prospect that lawmakers will move an omnibus federal spending package this year

Archaeologists Warn of Climate Threat to Past Treasures

Mummies decaying in Siberia, pyramids vanishing under the sand in Sudan, Maya temples collapsing: climate change risks destroying countless treasures from our shared past, archaeologists warn.


Defense Department to Test Concentrating Solar

Skyline Solar says that two military bases in desert areas will use its solar arrays to test how quickly the concentrating photovoltaic systems can be installed and upgraded in the field.

Canada Fights to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels

How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.

EPA Wants More Time to Rework Boiler Emissions Rule

EPA is requesting more time to issue a final rule meant to reduce potentially harmful air emissions from industrial boilers

The Peasant View of Cancún: 'They want to turn the air into a commodity'

"What they are proposing is good only for capitalists. Capitalism has caused climate change and now it wants to make new business from it. They want to turn the air into a commodity."


Supreme Court to Hear Key Global Warming Case

 The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider a key global warming case over the right of US states to regulate carbon emissions as a "public nuisance."

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