December 5, 2010

New Generation of Giant Wind Turbines Planned for Britain

A new generation of giant wind turbines which will soar up to 500 feet above the ground are being planned across Britain.

Ban on Coal Power Down Under

South Australia is planning to introduce tough new carbon emissions standards that will ban construction of new coal-fired power stations.

Plodding Climate Talks Stepping Up to Higher Level

Environment ministers from around the world began flying in Saturday for the final days of the annual two-week climate conference, hoping to put new life in the slow-moving U.N. talks.

Climate Groups Retool Argument for Global Warming

The number of Americans who believe that global warming is a scientific fact has been dropping, and climate activists are doing some soul-searching about where they've gone wrong.

December 3, 2010

Chu Touts Success of Federal Funding for Research Program

Energy Secretary Chu toured tiny solar company 1366 Technologies, holding it up as an example of success in the ARPA-E program and the importance of federal funding for energy research.

Qatar to Air Condition Outdoor Summer Air for World Cup

Qatar has promised to spend $4 billion to build nine stadiums, renovate three others and equip all of them with a high-tech, outdoor air conditioning system to combat summer temperatures

Alaska Acknowledges Effects of Climate Change

Alaska wildlife officials have released a report acknowledging that scientific and traditional evidence increasingly shows climate change at unprecedented rates throughout the Arctic

Canada's Aboriginals Eye Role in Energy Projects

Canada's top native leader said on Thursday he wants aboriginal groups from across North America to get together next year to examine energy and resource development on their traditional lands

$200 million wind farm for Mexico

Grupo Bimbo, one of the world's biggest breadmakers, will build a $200 million wind farm to supply almost all of the electric power needed for its Mexican operations

Oceans Failing the Acid Test, U.N. Says.

The chemistry of the world's oceans is changing at a rate not seen for 65 million years, with far-reaching implications for marine biodiversity and food security, according to a new UN study

Offshore Wind Projects Advancing in Atlantic States

Up and down the Atlantic coast, states and offshore wind developers are making significant progress in advancing offshore projects, according to a new report

Report Calls for Radical Redesign of Cities

Megacities on the Move report says authorities must start planning their transport infrastructure now for a future when two thirds of the world's population will live in cities moving away from car ownership

Spotlight Will Return on Climate Change, says Pachauri

2010 has been an annus horribilis for climate change and his Nobel-winning scientists, but Rajendra Pachauri is confident that time will turn the tide.


Carbon Market Future Hanging on Cancún

The future of a carbon market currently worth $2.7 billion a year is in the balance at Cancun, with implications for new investment in emissions reduction projects in developing countries

2010 Sets New Temperature Records

Temperatures reached record levels in several regions during 2010, the World Meteorological Organization says, confirming the year is likely to be among the warmest three on record.

GOP Senators Call for End to Climate Aid for Poor Nations

Four Senate Republicans called on President Barack Obama to end funding intended to help poor nations adapt to the effects of climate change because of concerns about government deficit spending.

Prince Opens £4.5m Climate Change Gallery Funded by Shell

The Prince of Wales will open a £4.5 million climate change exhibition at the Science Museum today, funded by Shell

Baucus Floats Ethanol Subsidy Compromise

Sen. Baucus is floating a reduction in ethanol tax credits, rejecting calls to kill the subsidies outright.

Google Offers Accounting Solution for Forests

Google Earth Engine will make available 25 years of satellite data for monitoring deforestation and mapping land-use changes.

December 2, 2010

Lakes Warming Across the Globe

The worlds largest lakes are warming along with the air -- and sometimes at faster rates -- but the intensity of the warming trend differs strikingly around the globe.

Jinxed Finland Plant Slows a Nuclear Rebirth

French engineering company Areva is building the world's first new-generation nuclear reactor in Finland. But the Olkiluoto-3 reactor has had a deeply troubled history.

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.

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