Australia's PM offers to bridge climate gap
December 6, 2007 04:04 AM - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has proposed to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that Australia act as a bridge between China and the West on the issue of climate change.
He made the offer during a 20-minute telephone conversation in Mandarin after Wen called to congratulate him on his decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.
Daimler AG Introduces New, Compact Vehicle to U.S. Market: "Smart fortwo"
December 5, 2007 11:24 AM -
NEW YORK, - They call it, "smart fortwo", the most compact vehicle currently in production, and set to launch in USA, January 2008:
The shortest, most compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world's largest automobile market, when the "smart fortwo" debuts in the United States in January, 2008. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG will introduce this latest vehicle to the US market at a press briefing in Washington, DC on December 4th. The car starts around $11,500 dollars.
EPA Urged To Cut Pollution From Aircraft
December 5, 2007 10:25 AM -
Washington, DC – A coalition of state governments, including California, cities, regional governments and environmental groups filed petitions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today urging the agency to address the effects of vast amounts of global warming pollution from the world’s aircraft fleet.
The petitions are the first step in a process that requires the EPA to evaluate the current impacts of aircraft emissions, seek public comment and develop rules to reduce aircraft emissions or explain why it will not act.
Bali climate talks focus on Kyoto offsets
December 5, 2007 04:22 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rich nations have less than a month to go before they must start meeting emissions caps under the Kyoto Protocol that aims to fight global warming.
Yet 16 of the 36 industrialized nations bound by Kyoto limits are over their targets set for 2008-2012 and may have to buy carbon offsets to meet these, drawing criticism at a U.N. meeting in Bali.
Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic
December 4, 2007 05:44 PM -
NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.
Like it or not, uncertainty and climate change go hand in hand
December 4, 2007 04:32 PM - Vince Stricherz, University of Washington Newswire
Seattle - Despite decades of ever more-exacting science projecting Earth's warming climate, there remains large uncertainty about just how much warming will actually occur.
Two University of Washington scientists believe the uncertainty remains so high because the climate system itself is very sensitive to a variety of factors, such as increased greenhouse gases or a higher concentration of atmospheric particles that reflect sunlight back into space.
Dueling videos focus on U.S. climate change bill
December 4, 2007 02:12 PM - Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dueling videos -- one starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the other featuring a "typical" U.S. family shivering in an underheated house -- are focusing debate on a Senate bill aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution.
Schwarzenegger, the action star-turned-Republican governor of California, stands in front of a redwood grove and intones, "Climate change: it's a test of leadership." He and two other governors, posed in natural settings, urge viewers to press their senators to approve the so-called Lieberman-Warner bill.
Let There be Light - for the Next 35 Years: the Green Gift That Keeps on Giving
December 4, 2007 01:18 PM -
SAN FRANCISCO - Imagine receiving a gift this year that you'll still be using in 2042. Not only that, it also puts greenbacks in your pocket while helping the planet go green.
It's called the "Pharox" lightbulb and it gives consumers another way to reduce their carbon footprint via this new LED lighting technology.
Record breaking year for climate
December 4, 2007 10:03 AM - WWF - Climate Change
Bali, Indonesia – The past year has seen more weather records smashed as extreme events take a firmer hold of the planet, says WWF at the start of the UN climate change conference.
The overview from the global conservation organization, Breaking Records in 2007 – Climate Change, shows record lows for sea ice cover in the Arctic, some of the worst forest fires ever seen and record floods.