February 23, 2011

'Climategate' Undermined Belief in Global Warming Among TV Meteorologists, Study Shows

A new paper by George Mason University researchers shows that "Climategate" undermined belief in global warming and possibly also trust in climate scientists among TV meteorologists in the U.S., at least temporarily.

February 22, 2011

Tar Sands Row Threatens Canada-EU Trade Deal: Sources

Canada has threatened to scrap a trade deal with the European Union if the EU persists with plans that would block imports of Canada's highly polluting tar sands, according to EU sources.

U.S. Sees Major Emitters Setting Own Climate Goals

Major greenhouse gas emitters should set voluntary curbs on emissions for the time being since a U.N. climate treaty looks out of reach in 2011, the U.S. climate envoy said on Monday.

Ethanol Execs Fear U.S. Budget Cuts to Hurt Growth

Budget cuts by Congress and fresh fears about food security are among many obstacles threatening growth of U.S. ethanol, according to industry leaders.

Natural Gas Big, Thriving and Growing Across W.Va.

Fracking in the Marcellus shale is hogging the limelight in this legislative session in West Virginia, eclipsing a thriving and growing natural gas industry across the entire state.

50 Million 'Environmental Refugees' by 2020, Experts Say

Fifty million "environmental refugees" will flood into the global north by 2020, fleeing food shortages sparked by climate change, experts warned at a major science conference that ended Monday.

Recent Swiss Drought Sign of Things to Come, Weather Expert Says

Recent prolonged dry spells in the west and south of Switzerland — the worst seen in more than 30 years — raised questions about whether the phenomenon is another example of global warming.

Tougher EU Climate Goal Could Boost GDP: Study

A tougher EU goal for cutting greenhouse gases could create jobs and boost economic growth by 2020, rather than slow it down as many EU governments fear, a study said on Monday.

UN Sees Rising Risks from Climate, Toxic Chemicals

Climate change is becoming a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, says a new U.N.-commissioned report.

NASA's New Satellite, 'Glory,' Will Monitor Aerosols' Effects On Climate Change

NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes.

Indonesia: 967 Forestry Firms Under Govt Scrutiny

A joint government team is planning stricter law enforcement against hundreds of plantation and mining firms operating illegally in Central Kalimantan, home to an avoided deforestation pilot project.

Nuclear Risk from Plane Crashes is Higher than Estimated, Inquiry Shows

The risk that planes will crash into nuclear plants and release potentially lethal clouds of radioactivity is significantly higher than official estimates, according to expert evidence to a public inquiry.

Global Warming Means Longer Allergy Seasons: Study

Ragweed allergy season in North America has grown two to four weeks longer in recent years because of warmer temperatures and later fall frosts, researchers said.

Cooking the Carbon Books, CO2 Tech Charged with Fraud

CO2 Tech Ltd, a publicly traded company based in London that claimed to sell products for combating global warming, found itself on the wrong side of criminal fraud charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice last week.

Libyan Turmoil Roils Oil Markets Amid Supply Fears

The spread of protests to Libya, a significant oil producer, is putting upward pressure on oil prices.

February 21, 2011

U.S. Has Modest Goals for S. Africa Climate Talks

The top U.S. climate change official says he does not expect this year's climate change conference in South Africa to yield a binding international agreement to stop global warming.

Green Economy Needs 2% of Every Nation's Income, Says UN

The UN will call on Monday for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost jobs and economic growth.

U.S. Urged to Safeguard Supply of 'Energy-Critical Elements'

A new report urges the U.S. government to take swift steps to safeguard the supply of 25 of the rare earth elements that are essential for a broad range of new-energy technologies.

Indonesia: Moratorium to Preserve Only Protected Forest Areas

Deforestation would continue in the country despite the pledged two-year moratorium, since it would only take effect in areas categorized as protected under the Forest Law, a civil society group said.

EU Faces Legal Action Over Fraudulent Carbon Emissions Trading

The EU faces legal and political challenges from tomorrow over its handling of the carbon markets which remain in chaos after a cyber attack forced partial closure of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

France to Discuss Nuclear Industry Fate

French government officials will meet nuclear company executives on Monday to discuss a shakeup of the industry, including the fate of EDF and Areva, French Energy Minister Eric Besson said.

European Gas Pipeline Costs Double

Plans to build a gas pipeline to the heart of Europe to reduce dependence on Russian imports have been dealt a blow after estimated costs almost doubled.

Another Silicon Valley Solar Startup to Build a Factory in Oregon

SoloPower, a San Jose, Calif., company that makes thin-film photovoltaic models, on Thursday snagged a $197 million federal loan guarantee to build a factory in Wilson, Oregon.

Effect of Marcellus Drilling on West Virginia Fisheries Could Be Profound

Fisheries scientists and conservation groups worry that gas drilling in West Virginia's Marcellus Shale might affect fish and other aquatic life, particularly in small streams.

Solar Products Testing Labs Opening in Conn., NC

Two new solar thermal products testing labs needed for "green" systems to reach the market are in the works: one at North Carolina State University and another at the University of New Haven.


February 20, 2011

No U.S. Stockpile of Rare Earths: Experts

The U.S. should not try to stockpile precious elements for new energy technologies, experts said Friday after China announced plans to tighten control of its rare earths industry.

U.S. Judge Delays Decision in Chevron-Ecuador Case

A U.S. judge asked lawyers in the Chevron pollution dispute in Ecuador to do more work on Ecuadorean law before he decides whether any judgment against the oil company can be enforced.

Montana Bill Would 'Embrace' Global Warming

A Montana legislator is proposing the state embrace global warming and wrest control of greenhouse gas regulation from the federal government.

House Republicans Fire White House Climate Advisers

House Republicans and 13 Democrats have passed a measure eliminating the salaries of President Obama's international climate change envoy and other top officials.

House Votes to Thwart Ethanol Expansion

The House early Saturday approved an amendment to federal spending legislation that would thwart EPA from proceeding with a program to allow use of higher amounts of ethanol in newer vehicles.

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