October 18, 2010

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.

October 17, 2010

U.S. to Launch Inquiry into China's Subsidies for Clean-Energy Firms

The Obama administration is launching a broad investigation into whether the Chinese government improperly supports its alternative energy companies.

U.N. Climate Panel Agrees to Reforms

The U.N. panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to change its practices in response to errors in a 2007 report.

EU Holds Off On Decision to Move to 30% Emissions Target

EU environment ministers once again failed to reach agreement on whether to upgrade the EU's emissions reduction target for 2020 from 20% to 30% at a meeting in Brussels.

Brazil Cuts Deforestation, Wants U.S. Lead on Climate

Brazil will announce record low deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and launch an oil-financed climate fund ahead of a key summit next month, the country's environment minister told Reuters.

WTO Official Eyes Trade Rules on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

A senior World Trade Organisation official said Thursday that hard thought must be given to WTO-enforced restrictions on multibillion dollar subsidies for polluting fuels.

Petroleum Industry Asks White House to Ease GHG Reporting Rules

Some of the nation's largest oil and gas producers have asked the White House to delay or pare down regulations that would require them to submit annual greenhouse gas emissions reports to U.S. EPA.

Large Gaps Found in Public Understanding of Climate Change

A new report found that only 45% of Americans understand that CO2 traps heat from the Earth's surface, and just 50% understand that global warming is caused mostly by human activities.

Hollywood Jumps Into Fight Against Efforts to Suspend Climate Law

On Friday, director James Cameron pledged $1 million to oppose Prop. 23. The contribution signals Gov. Schwarzenegger's increasing role in the ballot battle over the state's greenhouse gas law.

Shale Gas Environmental Rules Still Being Crafted, Even as Drills Dig

Environment Minister Jim Prentice says environmental regulations are a work in progress for Canada's booming shale gas industry — even though drills have already been piercing the ground.

Johanns Cites Concern Over Canadian Oil Sands Pipeline

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) says he is "troubled" with a State Department environmental review of a proposed pipeline carrying Canadian tar-sands-based crude oil to Texas, arguing that it could harm water quality in his state and that the department must consider alternative routes.

NASA: CO2, Not Water Vapor, Causes Global Warming

A new study from NASA finds CO2 is overwhelmingly responsible for raising Earth's temperature.

Climate Protesters Block Access to UK Oil Refinery

Climate change demonstrators have blocked a road to a major oil refinery near London to slow the flow of fuel to the British capital.

China Electric Vehicles to Hit 1 Million by 2020: Report

China's output of electric vehicles is expected to reach 1 million units by 2020, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

U.S. Reopens More Gulf of Mexico Fishing Waters

The U.S. government reopened nearly 30% of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico that were closed to fishing following the BP oil spill after tests showed that seafood there is safe to eat.


Gates Agriculture Grants Focus on Seeds, Climate

Gates Foundation, which has donated $1.5 billion to agriculture in developing countries, is focusing more investments on seeds and technology to help small farmers adapt to climate change, the foundation's chief executive said on Thursday.

October 15, 2010

UN Climate Body to Push for Reforms, But Pachauri Stays

The UN panel of climate change scientists agreed Thursday to push for reforms after coming in for strong criticism over errors in a 2007 report.


Shareholders Challenge Big Oil Efforts to Kill CA Climate Law

Shareholders have filed resolutions with three oil companies asking for their boards of directors to review political spending in light of their support for overturning California's climate law.

Analysis: Cleantech Opportunities Return After Dismal Year

Green energy opportunities are emerging after dismal returns this year, led by a buoyant solar industry and government renewable energy targets.

Barton Hits EPA on Clear Air Rule Costs

The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is accusing EPA of rolling out pollution rules that will cost industries billions without fully weighing the economic effects.

Europe Switches to Plan B in New China-US Climate Pitch

Europe pushed China, the U.S. and a host of emerging powers on Thursday to extend a soon-to-expire deal to combat global warming at crunch talks in Mexico.


BLM Moves On Round 2 of Colorado, Utah Oil Shale Deals

Nominations for three more leases of federal land in Colorado and Utah for oil shale research are advancing for more review, the BLM said Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Republican Promises Tax Break for Natural Gas Industry

Tom Corbett, a Republican who is well ahead in the race for governor, says he will undo a Democratic initiative to impose a drilling tax on natural gas industry.

Environmentalists Join Mountaintop Fray

Environmental groups from Appalachia moved Thursday to join the federal government in fighting an industry lawsuit that would weaken oversight of mountaintop coal mining.

Government to Conduct Surprise Oil Rig Inspections

The U.S. offshore drilling agency will begin conducting surprise inspections on oil rigs, the agency's head said on Thursday.

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