December 2, 2010

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.

UN Food Expert Urges "Green Marshall Plan" from Cancun

A UN human rights expert on Monday called on the climate change conference in Mexico to launch a "Green Marshall Plan" for agriculture to counter the impact of global warming on hunger and poverty.


Is Kleiner Moving Away From Greentech Investing?

With famed analyst Mary Meeker joining venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers as a partner in its digital practice, it looks like the VC firm will be moving away from its foray into greentech.

New Front Opens in War against Global Warming

Many experts are focusing on more immediate cuts in industrial chemicals, soot and methane, all of which contribute to short-term warming at Cancun talks.

Greenpeace Sues Dow & Sasol, Alleging Spy Effort

A lawsuit says that Dow Chemical, Sasol North America and others hired private investigators to infiltrate Greenpeace's meetings and offices and to steal documents.

Pump Failure Shuts Down Conn. Nuclear Plant

A cooling water pump in a reactor at a Connecticut nuclear power plant stopped unexpectedly during routine maintenance work, causing the reactor to automatically shut down.

Massey CEO Blankenship Expected to Testify Mine Disaster Investigation

Massey CEO Don Blankenship has been subpoenaed by state investigators to answer questions about the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster and is likely to testify.

November 29, 2010

Security Tight as UN Climate Talks Set to Open

Nearly 200 countries were gathering on Monday under the UN flag and behind tight security for a fresh attempt to craft a treaty to roll back the threat of climate change.


Nations Again Try to Bridge Rich-Poor Climate Gap

World governments begin another attempt Monday to overcome the disconnect between rich and poor nations on fighting global warming.


Indigenous Peoples in Latin America Unite Against Mining

Indigenous Peoples from across Latin America have issued a unified declaration demanding an end to large-scale surface mining by transnational companies on their lands.

Oil Companies, Banks to Profit from UN Forest Protection Scheme

Some of the world's largest oil, mining, car and gas corporations will make hundreds of millions of dollars from a UN-backed forest protection scheme, according to a new report from the Friends of the Earth International.


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