October 19, 2010

U.S. Forests Offsetting 11% of Industrial GHG Emissions

The additional carbon sequestered by forests each year offsets roughly 11% of the country's industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the Forest Service said in a new report.

Scientists Lower Gulf of Mexico's Health Grade

Scientists who study the Gulf of Mexico say its ecological health has declined, though not dramatically, since the BP oil spill.

BP to Link Pay to Safety After Gulf Oil Disaster

BP is to link employees' pay to improvements in safety standards in the fourth quarter in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

EU Renews Push for Ship Emissions Caps

The EU has reinforced its push for emissions caps on shipping, urging the UN conference in Cancun to act in the absence of such action from the International Maritime Organization.

Battery Costs Curb Electric Cars

The push to get electric cars on the road is backed by governments and automakers, but they face a big hurdle: the cost of the giant battery packs.

Industries Heat Up Over Boiler Rules

Lobbyists and lawmakers for oil, forest product, chemical and other industries say EPA has underestimated job losses related to new rules to regulate emissions from boilers.

S.Korea to Help Build Solar Plants in Mozambique

South Korea announced Tuesday it will provide $35 million to build three solar power plants in Mozambique as part of plans to support eco-friendly projects in Africa.


Enel Launches €3.4 Bln Renewable Energy IPO

Italian energy giant Enel yesterday launched the long-awaited IPO for its renewable energy unit, in a move that will test investor appetite for green stocks.

October 18, 2010

China Rejects Clean Energy Probe, Calls U.S. Unfair

A senior Chinese official rejected a U.S. trade complaint about Beijing's clean energy policy and said Sunday that Washington might be improperly supporting its own industry.

World Needs Urgent Action to Stop Species Loss: U.N.

The world cannot afford to allow nature's riches to disappear, the UN said on Monday at the start of a major meeting to combat losses in animal and plant species.

China Unveils Ambitious Plan to Protect Wildlife at UN Talks

Foreign supporters say China's ambitious new biodiversity plan will put the country at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.

Gamesa Beefs Up Chinese Presence with Flurry of New Turbine Deals

Spanish wind giant Gamesa has agreed deals to supply three Chinese companies with 197 turbines as it looks to cement its position in the world's fast growing wind market.

Vestas Using Potentially Harmful Chemicals

The international wind turbine company Vestas is using potentially harmful chemicals -- epoxy resins -- in its blades factory in Colorado that have injured several workers.

Pipeline Plan Would Bury CO2 Under the Ocean Off New Jersey

An energy company wants to pump CO2 under the ocean floor 70 miles off the New Jersey coast using a promising but controversial technology.

Obama Spokesman: Dems Will Keep Control of House

Pres. Obama's spokesman caused a political stir this summer when he said Democrats could lose their majority in the House in November. Now he says he doesn't think that will happen.

Huhne to Detail Carbon Price Plan

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is today expected to provide fresh details on how the government will impose a 'floor price' on carbon emissions.

Analysis: U.S. Solar Sector Growth Hinges on Financing Quest

The U.S. solar energy industry is having its best year ever, yet financing remains scarce for the billion-dollar projects needed for America's solar sector to gain.

10:10 Climate Campaign Gains Support from Four Medical Associations

Four UK medical associations signed up to the 10:10 campaign, acknowledging climate change could pose the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century."

New Ship Design Cuts CO2 by 35%

A new energy-efficient container ship design promises a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions, its creator, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), claims.

October 17, 2010

U.S. to Launch Inquiry into China's Subsidies for Clean-Energy Firms

The Obama administration is launching a broad investigation into whether the Chinese government improperly supports its alternative energy companies.

U.N. Climate Panel Agrees to Reforms

The U.N. panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to change its practices in response to errors in a 2007 report.

EU Holds Off On Decision to Move to 30% Emissions Target

EU environment ministers once again failed to reach agreement on whether to upgrade the EU's emissions reduction target for 2020 from 20% to 30% at a meeting in Brussels.

Brazil Cuts Deforestation, Wants U.S. Lead on Climate

Brazil will announce record low deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and launch an oil-financed climate fund ahead of a key summit next month, the country's environment minister told Reuters.

WTO Official Eyes Trade Rules on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

A senior World Trade Organisation official said Thursday that hard thought must be given to WTO-enforced restrictions on multibillion dollar subsidies for polluting fuels.

Petroleum Industry Asks White House to Ease GHG Reporting Rules

Some of the nation's largest oil and gas producers have asked the White House to delay or pare down regulations that would require them to submit annual greenhouse gas emissions reports to U.S. EPA.

Large Gaps Found in Public Understanding of Climate Change

A new report found that only 45% of Americans understand that CO2 traps heat from the Earth's surface, and just 50% understand that global warming is caused mostly by human activities.

Hollywood Jumps Into Fight Against Efforts to Suspend Climate Law

On Friday, director James Cameron pledged $1 million to oppose Prop. 23. The contribution signals Gov. Schwarzenegger's increasing role in the ballot battle over the state's greenhouse gas law.

Shale Gas Environmental Rules Still Being Crafted, Even as Drills Dig

Environment Minister Jim Prentice says environmental regulations are a work in progress for Canada's booming shale gas industry — even though drills have already been piercing the ground.

Johanns Cites Concern Over Canadian Oil Sands Pipeline

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) says he is "troubled" with a State Department environmental review of a proposed pipeline carrying Canadian tar-sands-based crude oil to Texas, arguing that it could harm water quality in his state and that the department must consider alternative routes.

NASA: CO2, Not Water Vapor, Causes Global Warming

A new study from NASA finds CO2 is overwhelmingly responsible for raising Earth's temperature.

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