November 12, 2010

G20 Vows to 'Spare No Effort' for Cancun Climate Meeting

The world's 20 largest rich and emerging economies including China vowed Friday to "spare no effort" at upcoming climate change talks in Mexico.

 

U.N. and World Bank Report Says Act Now or Pay Much More Later for Climate Disasters.

Annual monetary losses for natural disasters are expected to rise to $185 billion worldwide by the end of the century, a new joint U.N. and World Bank study concludes.

Greenland Wants $2Bn Bond from Oil Firms Keen to Drill in Its Arctic Waters

Greenland is demanding that oil companies bidding to drill in huge areas of its Arctic waters each pay an estimated $2bn upfront "bond" to meet the clean-up costs from any large spill.

 

Coal Mine, Oil Rig Disasters Highlight Problems with Government Safety Awards

Advocates say gov't safety awards -- given, in some instances, to firms involved in disasters -- show dangers posed when federal agencies become cozy with industries they regulate.


Oil Spills Pose Threat to China's Oceans

Oil spills are posing an increasing threat to China's marine environment as the country's energy demand grows, a leading environmental think tank warned on Thursday.

Ocean Conservancy Backs Markey’s Bid for Top Dem on Natural Resources Panel

The group Ocean Conservancy announced Thursday that it is supporting Rep. Ed Markey's bid to be the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress.

Murkowski Appears to Have Lead in Alaska Vote Count

Sen. Murkowski appeared to have a solid lead Thursday in the state's Senate contest, despite attempts by her opponent's campaign to disqualify as many write-in ballots as possible.

China Issues Tougher Rare Earth Export Rules

China said it has toughened rare earth export laws to allow only producers that meet environmental protection laws and global standards to ship the elements out of the country.

 

World's Forests Can Adapt to Climate Change, Study Says

Water shortages as a result of rising temperatures will not do as much damage to the world's forests as feared, evidence from ancient trees suggests.

Beijing to Melt Snow to Address Water Shortage

Beijing will collect and melt snow this winter in a bid to quench the water shortage that has plagued the Chinese capital for years, state media reported Friday.

 

Interior West Forests on Verge of Becoming Net Carbon Emitter

Forests in the Interior West could soon flip from carbon sink to carbon source, forest experts say.

Adding Iron to Ocean Would Backfire, Algae Study Suggests

Fertilizing the oceans with iron -- a tactic that "geoengineers" have proposed to fight warming -- could inadvertently spur the growth of toxic microbes, warn scientists in new research,

EU’s Overseas Shipping Emissions Up 56% Since 1990

Emissions from EU international shipping rose 56 percent 1990 to 2008, while emissions from land-based sectors fell 14 percent, new data shows.

November 11, 2010

China Still Bans Rare Earth to Japan, Reports Say

The Chinese government is continuing to block shipments of crucial strategic minerals to Japan, according to industry executives, analysts and a Japanese official.

Texas Won't Follow New U.S. Greenhouse Gas Policy

Texas officials said they would refuse to implement a program that regulates GHG emissions, despite new federal rules that give leeway to states to implement the program.

EPA to Push Efficiency on Big Carbon Emitters

U.S. environmental regulators said on Wed. they will not force coal plants to adopt technologies to cut GHGs output, but will push them to become more energy efficient.


Critics Say EPA GHG Guidelines Issued Too Late

Critics of upcoming EPA greenhouse gas controls say the agency waited too long in issuing guidelines to help state and local governments issue emission permits.

Markey Announces Bid to Be Ranking Democrat on Natural Resources

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Wednesday officially confirmed expectations and put his hat in the ring in seeking the top Democratic spot on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Key Lawmaker Plans Tough Energy Oversight

The Republican expected to lead a key Congressional energy committee said he plans to probe whether Obama administration policies are blocking offshore oil development.

God Will Save Us from Climate Change: U.S. Representative

U.S. Rep. Shimkus, possible chair of the House committee that deals with energy, believes that climate change should not concern us since God has promised not to destroy Earth.

Christie 'Skeptical' on Man's Role in Global Warming

Scientists and environmental advocates reacted with anger and incredulity Wednesday to remarks by Gov. Christie expressing doubt that humans are causing climate change.

Crackdown Nabs More Than 1,000 Gas Drilling Trucks

About three out of every four trucks were cited for violations last month during an enforcement effort for vehicles hauling gas-drilling wastewater, the Pennsylvania State Police said.

White House Editing Caused Drilling Ban Dispute

Some White House fiddling with an Interior Department report on offshore drilling wrongly implied that a group of experts had endorsed a decision to impose a six-month drilling ban.

Environment Group Warns of Arctic Oil Drilling Risks

Freezing conditions, chunky ice and high seas could imperil operations to clean up an Arctic oil spill where the fragile ecosystem is already in tumult due to warming, a green group said.

 

India: Cancun Will Test Climate Talks' Credibility

Climate talks in Cancun will be the last chance for nations to agree on thorny issues such as technology transfer and will test the dialogue's credibility, India's environment minister said.

Kiribati Leader Mulls Resettling Population If Seas Rise

The president of Kiribati has said the low-lying Pacific nation must begin planning to relocate its population in case global warming causes sea levels to rise and swamp the country.

Concentrated Solar, Biofuels Competitive Soon: BCG

Solar energy and biofuels are on track to become economically competitive against conventional power sources within a few years to a decade, the Boston Consulting Group said.

State's Tallest Wind Turbines to Begin Operating Near Green Bay

Towering above fields on the Niagara Escarpment south of Green Bay are some of the tallest wind turbines in the nation -- rising nearly 500 feet from the ground to the tip of a blade.

One Startups Quest for Better Wind Forecasts

Onsemble, a year-old company, has developed a business around collecting wind data all the way up at the height of the wind turbine. And this week the startup announced that it has collected wind data for the bulk of the wind farms in Texas.

Toyota EV to Go Over 100 Km on Single Charge: Report

Toyota's compact electric car due to go on sale in 2012 will have a range of more than 100 km (62 miles) on a full charge and a top speed of about 120 km (75 miles) per hour.

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