December 9, 2010

Big Business Backs Deforestation Deal

Titans of the corporate world arrived in Cancún today to endorse a deal in the works at the UN summit to take on climate change by protecting tropical forests.

World Bank Fund for New Carbon Trading Schemes

The World Bank will open a new $US100m fund to help developing countries set up carbon trading schemes.

Italy Regulator Suspends Greenhouse Gas Market

Italy's energy markets regulator GME has suspended the local bourse for greenhouse gas emissions, citing market irregularities

UN Climate Talks Seek to Avert Damaging Failure

Almost 200 nations sought to break a deadlock between rich and poor on steps to fight global warming and avert a new, damaging setback after they failed to agree to a U.N. treaty last year in Copenhagen.


Japan Eyes Environment Tax from October 2011

Japan's tax commission will propose the introduction of an environment tax from October 2011 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, the Nikkei business daily said.

Colo. Regulators Split on Xcel Coal-to-Gas Plan

Colorado regulators are split on Xcel Energy's plan for cutting air pollution from coal-fired power plants by 2018.

December 8, 2010

Blankenship Gets $12 Million Retirement Package

Massey Energy late today detailed its severance package for retiring CEO Don Blankenship. The deal appears to include $12 million, in two payments.

Upton Wins Energy and Commerce Gavel

Rep. Fred Upton beat out Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and others in contentious race for the chairmanship.

Push for Ethanol Credits in Tax Package

Corn-belt senators are preparing to push for inclusion of a proposal to extend ethanol tax credits as part of a broad tax package negotiated by the White House

Wind Group Warns of Job Losses

The wind industry urged Congress on Tuesday to extend a cash grant program for production of renewable energy, claiming tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.

Rockefeller Eyes Omnibus to Block EPA Climate Rules

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is pinning his hopes for blocking EPA climate change rules on the uncertain prospect that lawmakers will move an omnibus federal spending package this year

Archaeologists Warn of Climate Threat to Past Treasures

Mummies decaying in Siberia, pyramids vanishing under the sand in Sudan, Maya temples collapsing: climate change risks destroying countless treasures from our shared past, archaeologists warn.


Defense Department to Test Concentrating Solar

Skyline Solar says that two military bases in desert areas will use its solar arrays to test how quickly the concentrating photovoltaic systems can be installed and upgraded in the field.

Canada Fights to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels

How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.

EPA Wants More Time to Rework Boiler Emissions Rule

EPA is requesting more time to issue a final rule meant to reduce potentially harmful air emissions from industrial boilers

The Peasant View of Cancún: 'They want to turn the air into a commodity'

"What they are proposing is good only for capitalists. Capitalism has caused climate change and now it wants to make new business from it. They want to turn the air into a commodity."


Supreme Court to Hear Key Global Warming Case

 The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider a key global warming case over the right of US states to regulate carbon emissions as a "public nuisance."

U.S. Launches Drive to Boost Clean Energy Exports

The United States onTuesday launched a new drive to boost exports of renewable energy products with a warning from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Overhaul of Oil Industry Urged

The oil and gas industry needs a "major transformation" in its approach to safety to avoid another big offshore-drilling disaster, a leader of the panel investigating the BP accident plans to say.

China and U.S. Narrow Gap on Climate

With narrowing differences over a key issue, verification, there is growing hope of modest success at the conference.

Closing Coal-Fired Plant Could Set Precedent.

The early closure the Boardman coal-fired power plant could set a national precedent. But it puts the utility in a bind: How to afford a massive slate of investments without driving rates to the stratosphere.

Pact Could Be Near to Save Tropical Forests

For years, policymakers and scientists alike have spoken of the need to save tropical forests as a way of curbing climate change. By week's end, U.N. negotiators may finally set the rules of the road for doing it.

U.N.'s Ban Urges Climate Deal, Short of Perfect

Saying the health of the planet is at stake, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged 190 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to steps to fight climate change.

EPA Says Gas Driller Contaminated Texas Aquifer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency order accusing a Texas gas driller of contaminating an aquifer.

Report Says Drilling Agency Needs More Inspectors

The Interior Dept's top watchdog calls for increasing the number of offshore drilling inspectors, more surprise inspections and stiffer penalties on companies found to violate federal rules on drilling.

December 7, 2010

Mount Everest Shows Signs of Heavy Metal Pollution

Following in Edmund Hillary's footsteps? Don't drink the water on your way up. Dangerous levels of arsenic and cadmium have been found in snow samples from Mount Everest.

Future Uncertain for White House Energy Post

Would anyone notice if the White House didn't have a special energy and climate office? That's the question as the President considers giving Carol Browner a promotion to deputy chief of staff.

Canada among Top Climate Change Culprits

Canada is the fourth worst out of 57 countries evaluated for their performances in helping halt climate change. The top three are Saudia Arabia, Kazakhstan and Australia, according to a new report.

Republicans Urge Opening of Arctic Refuge to Deepwater Drilling

The leading GOP candidate to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and a massive increase in deepwater oil production

If an Island State Vanishes, Is It Still a Nation?

Encroaching seas in the far Pacific are raising the salt level in the wells of the Marshall Islands. Waves threaten to cut one in two. "It's getting worse," says Kaminaga Kaminaga, the nation's climate change coordinator.


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