November 28, 2010

China Bucks Recession Trend to Keep Emissions High

While rich countries cut back on their emissions during the recent recession, China and India sailed through with no pause in their output of greenhouse gases.

U.N. Panel Issues 20 Million Carbon Offsets

A UN panel has issued 20 million credits to 12 projects that destroy the waste gas HFC 23, despite a UN investigation into flaws in the way the projects account for their emissions cuts.

Alberta Prepares Case for Climate Conference

Some might call it a lost cause, but Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner said he's once again heading to a UN climate change conference to make sure the province's voice is heard.

As Nations Dither On Climate Change, Big Cities Step Up

This week, when envoys come together in Cancun for climate talks, Mexico City's mayor will be on hand to trumpet how the world's cities are finding ways to reduce their global warming gases.

A Billion People Will Lose Their Homes Due to Climate Change, Says Report

A report, to be released at climate talks in Cancun, will reveal that up to a billion people face losing their homes in the next 90 years because of failures to agree to emissions cuts.

Horror Summer Fails to Shift Russia Climate Skepticism

Russia may have endured its hottest summer on record and battled deadly forest fires, but attitudes on climate remain dominated by scepticism and even mired in conspiracy theories.

 

Australia: Carbon Price Discussions Cause Problems for Labor

Business leaders have backed a modest carbon price with compensation for some companies, but in a sign of the difficulties facing the government, the Greens are pushing for a scheme with limited or no compensation.

Environmental Rules Could Be RolledBack in NM

The last eight years in New Mexico under Gov. Bill Richardson have seen hefty fines against environmental polluters and new regs aimed at cracking down on CO2 emissions. But with a new administration poised to take control, those measures could get rolled back.

November 26, 2010

World is Warming Quicker than Thought in Past Decade, Says Met Office

The world warmed more rapidly than previously thought over the past decade, according to a Met Office report, which finds the evidence for man-made warming has grown even stronger.

Small Islands Seek 2011 Deadline for Climate Deal

Small island states want U.N. climate talks in Mexico next week to set an end-2011 deadline for agreeing a new treaty as a step to slow the rise in sea levels, a spokeswoman said.

Copenhagen Climate Activists Found Guilty

Two Danish activists who took part in the Copenhagen protests last year have been found guilty of instigating violence and vandalism, and have been given four-month suspended sentences.

Critics Say Obama Lagging on Endangered Species

Environmental groups are criticizing the Obama administration for what they say is a continuing backlog of plants and animals in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Alaska Gov: Interior’s Climate-Change Polar Bear Decision Hinders Oil Drilling

Alaska Gov. Parnell is slamming the Interior Dept's designation of Arctic regions as "critical habitat" for polar bears threatened by climate change, alleging the decision will slow drilling.

Oil-Rich South Sudan Weighs Cost of Progress

South Sudan officials are concerned at the environmental damage being caused by the oil industry and are promising a tough new line if the oil-rich region gains independence next year.

Government Opens Final Settlement Process in Gulf Oil Spill

BP's $20-billion compensation fund will begin lump-sum payments to those affected by the spill, a U.S. official says. But recipients will forfeit all future claims against BP and others.

Growing Emission Credit Market Lures Foreign Partners

Global environmental exchange operators are seeking partnerships in China to assure a place in the fledgling emissions trading market as the nation heads toward becoming a world leader in the low-carbon sector.

China Launches Hourly Air Quality Data Index

China has started publishing hourly air-quality information for major cities across the country as the world's top source of greenhouse gas emissions tries to rein in its notorious pollution.

 

Leading Model Undervalues True Cost of Reducing Deforestation, Says Report

A widely used representation of greenhouse gas reduction costs doesn't reflect the true costs of forest conservation, making the proposed REDD mechanism seem cheaper than it actually is, argues a new report.

November 25, 2010

Japan Says Extending Kyoto Pact is Meaningless

Japan opposes extending the Kyoto Protocol binding only rich nations to limit carbon emissions and will fight for a broader deal even if it finds itself isolated at UN talks, a senior official said.

EU Launches 2013 Ban on Disputed HFC Carbon Offsets

The EU has proposed banning HFC-23 carbon offsets from 2013, mostly from India and China, in order to boost money flowing to offset projects in the poorest countries.

2010 So Far "Tied for Hottest Year"

This year is so far tied for the hottest year on record in a new sign of a warming trend, the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates said.

 

Greenhouse Gases 'Rise to Record Levels in 2009'

Greenhouse gas concentrations reached record levels in 2009, the UN's weather agency said, warning that global warming could set off even greater methane emissions from the Arctic.

 

Investors Hope U.N. Talks Keep Climate Deal on Track

Investors in "green" assets hope that upcoming U.N. climate talks will salvage a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, and in the meantime widen and simplify existing carbon markets.

Obama Administration Sets Aside 'Critical Habitat' for Polar Bears in Alaska

The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling.

First California Carbon Trade at $11.50

The first trade in California carbon emissions allowances has taken place at $11.50 a tonne, according to the broker that handled the transaction.

Netted Tar Balls Close Deepwater Shrimp Fishing

An area off the Gulf Coast hit hard by the BP oil spill was closed Wednesday to fishing for a deepwater shrimp species after a skipper hauled up tar balls in his net, federal regulators said.

BP Made Risky Decisions Before Spill: Panel Document

BP made a series of decisions while drilling its doomed Macondo well that saved time but added risks prior to its massive Gulf spill, according to a White House oil spill commission.

Obama Admin. Backs Spill Figures, Releases E-Mails

The Obama administration defended the integrity of estimates that for months were inaccurate in showing how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, disclosing thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists on the project.

 

Pa. Investigating Spill at Natural Gas Well Site

State officials were investigating a leak of drilling wastewater at a natural gas well site in north-central Pennsylvania that polluted a stream and a spring, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said Tuesday.

First Solar Wins Reprive in EU Toxic Substance Ban

EU lawmakers voted on Wednesday to exempt solar panels from a ban on toxic substances in electrical goods, enabling leading maker First Solar to keep selling its products in the industry's biggest market.

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