December 22, 2010
Global Rivers Emit 3 Times IPCC Estimates of Greenhouse Gas Nitrous Oxide
Scientists report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS, river and stream networks are the source of at least 10% of human-caused emissions. That's three times the amount estimated by the IPCC.
Cost of U.S. Solar PV Systems Declining
Average installed costs for PV systems in the U.S. declined from $10.80 per watt in 1998 to $7.50 a watt in 2009, according to a study by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Abengoa Solar Receives $1.45 Billion Financing for Solana Solar Plant
Abengoa Solar's Solana parabolic trough concentrating solar plant is set to be the largest CSP power plant in the world. The company announced that it has closed its financing with $1.45 billion going towards the $2 billion project.
Japan Party Proposal Clouds Carbon Trading Plan
Japan's government will decide by the end of the year its stance on introducing a national carbon emissions trading system for companies, a government official said on Tuesday, amid concerns the scheme has been shelved.
Emission Market Talks Between EU, Switzerland to Start Early Next Year
EU governments authorized the start of talks to link the emissions-trading systems of the 27-nation bloc and Switzerland.
Temperature Rising: A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning
Court Rejects Refiners' Challenge to EPA Biodiesel Blending Rules
An appeals court rejected a challenge by petroleum industry groups to U.S. EPA's biodiesel blending requirements, in a move affirming the agency's implementation of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2).
December 21, 2010
Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano announced that her department is creating a task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.
House Republican Promises to Scrutinize Administration's Policy on Science
The incoming chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee's oversight panel promised to scrutinize the Obama administration's scientific integrity standards next year.
Global Warming Linked to Harsh Winters
The cold spell northern Europe has been experiencing may be the result of global warming, rather than evidence it is not happening, according to the most recent scientific research.
Chinese Endure Power Shortages as Coal Runs Short
Communities in central and northern China are facing power cuts and rationing as winter coal supplies fall short of surging demand.
EPA Touts Cap-and-Trade Success
The EPA released a report showing a 20-year-old cap-and-trade program aimed at acid rain has dramatically reduced pollution.
Environmental Community Shifts Focus Away from Washington with 'Think Local' Strategies
Texas, Home to Big Oil, Takes Shine to Solar Power
The college town of Austin is vying to become the epicenter of a potentially giant market for carbon-free electricity generated by the hot Texas sun.
UN to Create Panel of Biodiversity Experts
The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday.
UN Warning on Severe Weather Due to Climate Change
The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) says the experience of Europe's big cities this winter shows that the world may be under-prepared to deal with less predictable climate patterns.
Automakers Group Files Appeal Over EPA's Approval of E15
An automakers collective filed an appeal regarding the EPA's decision allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol for 2007 model year and newer cars and light trucks.
Fuel Cells Popping Up in California
An office park in Alhambra, Calif. is about to start drawing a quarter of its electricity from the devices. It joins commercial properties in more than 40 cities statewide.
Next Up for Schwarzenegger: Tackling Federal Energy Policy?
Will California Gov. Schwarzenegger be the next Obama Administration energy policy official? It's just one idea that Schwarzenegger, who will soon step down from the governor role, kicked around in an interview with the L.A. Times on Friday.
GM Using Oil Spill Boom Material in Chevy Volt
Boom from the BP oil spill is getting a new charge from the maker of the Chevrolet Volt electric car. GM says that instead of going to landfills, roughly 100 miles of plastic boom material will be converted into vehicle parts.
South Korea Delays CO2 Trade Bill Introduction
South Korea will not present emission trading laws to the parliament until next February instead of this year amid opposition from business groups, a government official said.
December 20, 2010
2010's World Gone Wild: Quakes, Floods, Blizzards
Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 -- the deadliest year in more than a generation.
3 States in Regional Compact Raid Pollution Funds
Two of the 10 Northeast states that agreed to dedicate millions to reduce carbon emissions have reneged on their promise, instead diverting substantial funds to saving their budgets.
Report: Green Stimulus Funds Attached to Eco Exemptions
The Center for Public Integrity reports that funds from the stimulus package for clean power and efficiency were issued with "sweeping exemptions" from basic environmental oversight.
China Rare Earths Exports Double in November
China's monthly exports of rare earth metals more than doubled in November to 2,000 tons, bouncing back after falling by more than three-quarters in October.
U.S. Mounts Rare-Earth Challenge
Responding to China's squeeze on the global supply of rare earths, a U.S. company plans to reopen its mine that produces the metals, which are critical to making high-tech products.
Lead U.S. Climate Negotiatior Calls for Climate Change 'Educational Effort'
The United States' top climate negotiator is calling on scientists and policymakers to orchestrate an "educational effort" to change the public's perception about climate change.
Australia: Toxic Chemicals Used to Tap Coal Seam Gas Faces Ban
The use of toxic chemicals in the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas is likely to be banned in NSW after pressure from green groups and a similar decision by Queensland.
Councils in Bid to Delay Scots Climate Pollution Targets
Local authorities have launched a campaign to delay Scotland's world-leading targets to cut climate pollution, opening the first crack in the political consensus on climate policy.