February 7, 2011

South Korea to Start Emission Trading in 2013-2015

South Korea will start carbon emission trading between 2013 and 2015 after strong opposition from industry to the government's initial plan to start in 2013.

Australia: Carbon Price Talks Set for Collision

The mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are urging corporate Australia to lobby jointly for compensation and transition arrangements when the government puts a price on carbon.

Colorado Probes Use of Diesel in Fracking

A federal investigation into companies' use of diesel fuel in fracking fluids has prompted Colorado state regulators to have their own look into the practice.

Maryland County Caught Up in Fight Over Fracking

Environmentalists and energy officials are at odds over "fracking" in Maryland, as a state legislator prepares legislation to ban drilling until it is determined that it will not taint water.

U.S. Not Ready for Arctic Oil Drilling, Say Officials

The U.S. is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who led the U.S. response to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and others have warned.


Western Lawmakers Push Gates on China’s Minerals Dominance

Lawmakers are questioning whether the Pentagon is taking seriously enough the national security risks that arise from being dependent on China for a crucial mineral supply.

Greenland's Race for Minerals Threatens Culture on the Edge of Existence

Climate change over the past 20 years alone has put the future of the Inughuits' traditional way of life in doubt, and some people think the next 20 years may seal its fate entirely.

SolarWorld Sees 2011 Sales Rising, Ups Dividend

SolarWorld, Germany's second-biggest solar company by market value, expects sales to rise this year as it looks outside its shrinking home market, particularly to the United States.

Failure to Act on Crop Shortages Fueling Political Instability, Experts Warn

World leaders are ignoring potentially disastrous shortages of key crops, and their failures are fuelling political instability in key regions, food experts have warned.

Nissan Faces Delays for Leaf Electric Car in U.S.: Report

Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co has had some delays in delivering its Leaf electric automobile to U.S. customers, the Financial Times reported on its website on Sunday.

Fog Burned Off by Climate Change Threatens Muir Woods' Redwoods

Thousands of people visit Muir Woods National Monument every year to take in its grand redwood trees, but climate change could dissipate the cooling, wet fog that enables those trees to grow to towering heights.

February 6, 2011

Harper Presses Obama to Approve Keystone Oil Sands Pipeline

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a personal pitch Friday for Pres. Obama to support a controversial $7 billion pipeline that could double the amount of oilsands crude exported to the U.S.

EPA-Bashing Won't Work, Sen. Rockefeller Warns Coal Industry

Sen. Jay Rockefeller delivered a "frank, honest message" to the industry: His bid to delay U.S. EPA emissions limits won't work if cleaner-burning coal does not move closer to reality.

California Cap-Trade Plan Dealt Blow by S.F. Judge

The California Air Resources Board violated state law in 2008 when it adopted a plan to reduce emissions and again when it passed cap-and-trade regs, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled.

Arizona Solar Plant Picks Chinese Supplier

Suntech, the Chinese solar giant, has won a contract to supply PV panels for a 150-MW project in Arizona, marking China's entry into a U.S. power-plant market dominated by American companies.

Department of Energy Seeks to Cut Solar Costs by 75 Percent

The DOE said it will spend $27 million on a new effort to reduce the costs of solar power by 75% by the end of the decade in a bid to make the renewable power source as cheap as fossil fuels.

Koch Brothers Now at Heart of GOP Power

The billionaire Koch brothers' influence is most visible in the makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where members have vowed to undo restrictions on greenhouse gases.

Companies Go for Project Approvals before Kyoto Expires

As the legally binding commitment to reduce emissions under the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in 2012, the number of Indian companies going in for project approvals is expected to go up.

Harper Gov't to Release Plan to Curb Industrial Pollution by Year's End

The Harper government will unveil its plan to crack down on industrial pollution — including emissions from the oilsands — before the end of 2011, Environment Minister Peter Kent said.

W.H. Wants Details on Offshore Drilling

The Obama administration asked oil producers operating in the Gulf to provide more details on plans to contain oil spills and runaway wells before the feds will issue new permits to drill there.

Durban Will not Have a Final Say on Climate: Ramesh

India is not expecting any "concrete" or "final pronouncement" at the climate talks in Durban later this year on four key issues, including one pertaining to emission cuts, said Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Climate Change Not Expected to Lead to Mass Cross-Border Migration

Alarming predictions by the UN that between 200 million and 1 billion people could flood across international borders to escape the impacts of climate change in the next 40 years are unrealistic, new research suggests.

February 4, 2011

Amazon Drought Caused Huge Carbon Emissions, Study Says

A widespread drought in the Amazon rainforest last year was worse than the "once-in-a-century" dry spell in 2005 and may have a bigger impact on global warming than the U.S. does in a year.

Tar Sands 'More Polluting than Other Fuels'

Average emissions from tar sands are 23 percent higher than oil from other fossil fuels, according to a leaked study produced for the European Commission.

Obama Calls for Making Buildings More Efficient

Pres. Obama laid out a plan Thurs. for making the country's commercial buildings more energy efficient, arguing that it will save businesses money, reduce emissions and create jobs.

Shell: No Beaufort Sea Drilling in Arctic for 2011

Shell Alaska has dropped plans to drill in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea this year and will concentrate on obtaining permits for the 2012 season, company VP Pete Slaiby said.


Senate Bill Would Improve Pipeline Safety

Two U.S. senators introduced legislation to boost pipeline safety in an effort to avoid the kind of accidents last year that destroyed homes, killed people and polluted the environment.

Developed World Must Lead on Climate Change: India

Indian PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday stressed that emerging economies were in no position to tackle climate change compared with developed countries which had caused the problem.


EU Partially Reopens Emissions Trading Market

Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovakia were cleared to reopen their national registries on Friday, after giving assurances that the "minimum security requirements are in place."

Canadian Government Targets Won't Prevent Increased Emissions: Data

The Harper government's existing climate policies won't stop GHG emissions from increasing to levels that are nearly 30% higher than its new target for 2020, Environment Canada has revealed.

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