October 20, 2010

1366 Tech Raises $20M for Cheaper Solar Wafers

Startup 1366 Technologies announced Tuesday it has raised $20 million to develop a new technology that would slash the costs of silicon wafer production.


Greener Palm Oil Needs More Asia Support: Unilever

Palm oil buyers in India and China need to join those in Europe in signing up for a certification scheme to promote sustainable palm oil, consumer goods giant Unilever said.

October 19, 2010

China a Surprise Leader in Clean Energy: Study

The world's top polluter, China, is a surprise leader in clean energy efforts, a study showed Tuesday, outstripping the U.S. and Japan and leaving Australia lagging far behind.


2010 Tied (So Far) for Warmest on Record

The global climate seems on track to tie with 1998, with the normally ice-choked Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage still open to shipping.

Conditions Not Met for Climate Deal in Cancun: Mexico

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said Monday that "conditions have not been met" for a new climate deal on reducing CO2s emissions at a worldwide summit in Cancun.


LCV Spends Another $250K, Closes In On Record Election Spending

The League of Conservation Voters on Monday announced another $250,000 in ad buys hitting Republicans in key House races in Michigan and North Carolina.

Western Oil and Gas drillers Launch Legal Assault On Interior

Oil-and-gas companies active in Western states have filed litigation that alleges Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is blocking energy exploration on federal lands.



Kentucky Coal Association Sues EPA

The Kentucky Coal Association filed a lawsuit on Monday to challenge EPA's efforts to crack down on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Climate Talks Must Ensure Carbon Trading: World Bank Official

Major talks on global warming next month must provide reassurances for the future of the carbon market beyond 2012, the World Bank's environment chief said Monday.


Chris Huhne Wins £1 Bln Funding for Carbon Capture Technology

The UK energy secretary, Chris Huhne, has won a battle to secure £1bn from the Treasury to pay for the development of demonstration technology to capture and bury CO2.

Greenpeace Activists Scale Treasury Building

Four Greenpeace activists today scaled the Treasury building to demand that the chancellor establish a green investment bank that will create 'tens of thousands of jobs.'

U.S. Forests Offsetting 11% of Industrial GHG Emissions

The additional carbon sequestered by forests each year offsets roughly 11% of the country's industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the Forest Service said in a new report.

Scientists Lower Gulf of Mexico's Health Grade

Scientists who study the Gulf of Mexico say its ecological health has declined, though not dramatically, since the BP oil spill.

BP to Link Pay to Safety After Gulf Oil Disaster

BP is to link employees' pay to improvements in safety standards in the fourth quarter in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

EU Renews Push for Ship Emissions Caps

The EU has reinforced its push for emissions caps on shipping, urging the UN conference in Cancun to act in the absence of such action from the International Maritime Organization.

Battery Costs Curb Electric Cars

The push to get electric cars on the road is backed by governments and automakers, but they face a big hurdle: the cost of the giant battery packs.

Industries Heat Up Over Boiler Rules

Lobbyists and lawmakers for oil, forest product, chemical and other industries say EPA has underestimated job losses related to new rules to regulate emissions from boilers.

S.Korea to Help Build Solar Plants in Mozambique

South Korea announced Tuesday it will provide $35 million to build three solar power plants in Mozambique as part of plans to support eco-friendly projects in Africa.


Enel Launches €3.4 Bln Renewable Energy IPO

Italian energy giant Enel yesterday launched the long-awaited IPO for its renewable energy unit, in a move that will test investor appetite for green stocks.

October 18, 2010

China Rejects Clean Energy Probe, Calls U.S. Unfair

A senior Chinese official rejected a U.S. trade complaint about Beijing's clean energy policy and said Sunday that Washington might be improperly supporting its own industry.

World Needs Urgent Action to Stop Species Loss: U.N.

The world cannot afford to allow nature's riches to disappear, the UN said on Monday at the start of a major meeting to combat losses in animal and plant species.

China Unveils Ambitious Plan to Protect Wildlife at UN Talks

Foreign supporters say China's ambitious new biodiversity plan will put the country at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.

Gamesa Beefs Up Chinese Presence with Flurry of New Turbine Deals

Spanish wind giant Gamesa has agreed deals to supply three Chinese companies with 197 turbines as it looks to cement its position in the world's fast growing wind market.

Vestas Using Potentially Harmful Chemicals

The international wind turbine company Vestas is using potentially harmful chemicals -- epoxy resins -- in its blades factory in Colorado that have injured several workers.

Pipeline Plan Would Bury CO2 Under the Ocean Off New Jersey

An energy company wants to pump CO2 under the ocean floor 70 miles off the New Jersey coast using a promising but controversial technology.

Obama Spokesman: Dems Will Keep Control of House

Pres. Obama's spokesman caused a political stir this summer when he said Democrats could lose their majority in the House in November. Now he says he doesn't think that will happen.

Huhne to Detail Carbon Price Plan

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is today expected to provide fresh details on how the government will impose a 'floor price' on carbon emissions.

Analysis: U.S. Solar Sector Growth Hinges on Financing Quest

The U.S. solar energy industry is having its best year ever, yet financing remains scarce for the billion-dollar projects needed for America's solar sector to gain.

10:10 Climate Campaign Gains Support from Four Medical Associations

Four UK medical associations signed up to the 10:10 campaign, acknowledging climate change could pose the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century."

New Ship Design Cuts CO2 by 35%

A new energy-efficient container ship design promises a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions, its creator, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), claims.

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