December 2, 2010

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.

Shell to Build Carbon Capture Storage Project in Alberta Oil Sands

Shell Canada has submitted a regulatory application for its Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project located in central Alberta.

EPA finalizes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency's renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2.

November 30, 2010

China's Rise a 'Sputnik Moment' for Clean Energy

A senior US official called China's growing innovation a "Sputnik moment" that should spur the United States to ramp up investment in clean energy, despite a shift in Washington on climate change.


Senate Dems Press for Lame Duck Action on Clean Energy Grants

Over two-dozen Senate Democrats are trying to create 11th-hour political momentum for extending a grant program to provide a lifeline to renewable power developers during the economic downturn.

EPA Chief Previews Defense against GOP Assaults

EPA chief Lisa Jackson provided a glimpse of how she'll defend the agency against attacks on EPA rules that are likely to intensify when Republicans take control of the House.

U.S. Sees Progress in Easing Climate Row with China

Washington claimed progress on Monday in easing rifts with Beijing on ways to fight global warming as U.N. climate talks got under way in Mexico.

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