December 3, 2010

GOP Senators Call for End to Climate Aid for Poor Nations

Four Senate Republicans called on President Barack Obama to end funding intended to help poor nations adapt to the effects of climate change because of concerns about government deficit spending.

Prince Opens £4.5m Climate Change Gallery Funded by Shell

The Prince of Wales will open a £4.5 million climate change exhibition at the Science Museum today, funded by Shell

Baucus Floats Ethanol Subsidy Compromise

Sen. Baucus is floating a reduction in ethanol tax credits, rejecting calls to kill the subsidies outright.

Google Offers Accounting Solution for Forests

Google Earth Engine will make available 25 years of satellite data for monitoring deforestation and mapping land-use changes.

December 2, 2010

Lakes Warming Across the Globe

The worlds largest lakes are warming along with the air -- and sometimes at faster rates -- but the intensity of the warming trend differs strikingly around the globe.

Jinxed Finland Plant Slows a Nuclear Rebirth

French engineering company Areva is building the world's first new-generation nuclear reactor in Finland. But the Olkiluoto-3 reactor has had a deeply troubled history.

Enviros Launch Ad Assault against Oil Sands Pipeline

Environmental groups launched a 2-week ad campaign to urge President Obama to reject a permit for  a $7 billion Canadian oil sands pipeline.

Warming Could Double Food Prices

Climate change is a "threat multiplier" that could double grain prices by 2050 and leave millions more children malnourished, global food experts reported Wednesday.

Asian Buyers Buying Up Canada Oil Sands

A wave of high-priced acquisitions in the Alberta oil sands by Asian state oil companies and wealth funds is making it increasingly tough for Canadian investors to compete.

Obama: No Offshore Drilling in East Coast Waters

In a reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will not pursue offshore drilling off the East Coast of the U.S. and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Ontario fights Green Energy Criticism with Jobs

The government of Ontario, fighting back against criticism of its green power drive, will announce clean energy investments this week that will create almost 2,000 jobs.

Brazil's Lula pessimistic on climate talks (AFP)

UN talks on climate change under way in Mexico "won't result in anything" because no major leaders turned up, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Wednesday.


In Cancún, EU Says Aid Must Be Loans, Not Grants

Europe was accused of taking unfair advantage of poor countries last night when senior officials said that it was better to make them pay for loans to reduce climate emissions rather than give them grants.

CA Governor May Find It's Not Easy To Be Green

Jerry Brown ran for governor promising to revive the economy through an aggressive expansion of California's green-energy industry — but that agenda could prove costly to consumers.

EPA Head Lisa Jackson is Prepared for Battle

Not many Environmental Protection Agency administrators are likely to belt out a Stevie Wonder tune when discussing the importance of air quality.

Brazil Reports Record Low Amazon Deforestation

This is the second consecutive year Amazon deforestation has reached a record low, dropping 13.6 percent below last year's record low rate, President Lula said.

Toyota to Make Plug-in Hybrids in China

The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin assembling plug-in hybrids in China by 2012.

India Hopes Climate Auditing Scheme Will Get U.S. Nod

An Indian proposal on how rich and poor nations report their actions to fight global warming could help get the U.S. on board for a broad agreement on climate change.

Farmers Harvesting the Sun's Ray

Farmers in food production, are becoming energy producers with a minimal use of land

December 1, 2010

Japan Refuses to Extend Kyoto Protocol

Japan said it won't help extend the Kyoto Protocol to curb greenhouse-gas emissions after it expires in 2012, saying a new global agreement is necessary instead. 

Don't Consign Us to History, Plead Island States at Cancún

At Cancún climate talks, diplomats from 43 island nations say they face 'the end of history' unless action is taken to stop sea levels rising.

End Ethanol Subsidies, Senators Say

A bipartisan group says that subsidies and tariffs to spur domestic production of ethanol are "fiscally irresponsible and environmentally unwise."

China Widens Gap with U.S. in Green Energy Race

A day after Energy Secretary Steven Chu's "Sputnik speech," a report from Ernst & Young released Tuesday confirmed Asia's ascendancy.

India Aiming to Double Sales of Electric Two-Wheelers

India's government will soon introduce a robust incentive plan to promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs). it's expected to boost the sales of battery-powered two-wheelers more than anything else.

Candidates for House Appropriations Gavel Target EPA Climate Rules

House Republicans hoping to lead the Appropriations Committee are threatening to use the power of the purse to block the Environmental Protection Agency's looming climate-change regulations.

Google Energy Guru Will Head Policy Center at Stanford

Dan W. Reicher, an energy expert who is leaving Google for Stanford, says that policy mechanisms will be critical to making progress on a shift to renewables.

GM Hiring Workers to Push Electric Vehicles beyond Volt

As Chevy Volt goes into production, General Motors says it will hire 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan to develop more electric and hybrid cars.

Climate Skeptics Spar for Science Gavel

Rep. Rohrabacher says "many of the issues brought up by the Democrats is based on phony science."      

Oil Sands Waste Is Like Yogurt

Canada's Ad Board ruled that an advertisement that compared toxic oil sands effluent to yogurt did not mislead viewers.

Global Retailers to Phase Out Harmful Fridge Gases

Over 400 companies including Tesco, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Nestle plan to phase out hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants from 2015.

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