Climate

U.S rejects stiff 2020 greenhouse goals in Bali
December 10, 2007 02:40 AM - By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at U.N. talks in Bali on Monday as part of a "roadmap" to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009.

Al Gore sees hope in "people power"
December 9, 2007 01:40 PM - By John Acher and Wojciech Moskwa, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore said on Sunday he was optimistic that a growing "people-power" movement would push the world's leaders to take action to stop global warming.

U.N. climate chief says science clear, move on
December 9, 2007 01:15 PM - By Wojciech Moskwa and John Acher, Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - The science on climate change is indisputable so the world must now act to limit greenhouse gas emissions or face "abrupt and irreversible" change, the head of the Nobel prize-winning U.N. climate panel said on Sunday.

New research may lead to better climate models for global warming, El Nino
December 8, 2007 09:14 AM - University of California - Los Angeles

One hundred fifty scientists from more than 40 universities in nine countries are starting a coordinated program aimed at gaining new insights about the Earth's climate and the complex, interconnected system involving the oceans, the atmosphere and the land.

The program will study the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the marine area off South America's west coast — a region where the interplay among low clouds, strong low-level winds, coastal ocean currents, surfacing of deep water, the Andes Mountains, aerosols and other factors shape the regional climate and affect global weather in ways that are poorly understood.

Greenpeace urges EU and Africa to end deforestation
December 7, 2007 03:38 PM - Reuters

LISBON (Reuters) - Greenpeace urged European Union and African leaders meeting in Lisbon over the weekend to take urgent measures to stop the destruction of African forests which cause carbon emissions responsible for climate change.

"Leaders in Lisbon have to exercise political muscle and immediately support a halt to deforestation in Africa," said Stephan Van Praet, coordinator for the Greenpeace International Africa Forest Campaign.

Trees soak up carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- as they grow and release it when they rot or are burnt.

Noted forecasters see 7 hurricanes next year
December 7, 2007 11:36 AM - Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - The noted Colorado State University hurricane research team predicted on Friday that 13 tropical storms will develop in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, of which seven would strengthen into hurricanes.

The team formed by forecasting pioneer William Gray, whose long-range forecasts have been wrong for the past three years, said that would make 2008 a "somewhat above-average" hurricane season. The long-term average is for 10 tropical storms and six hurricanes during the six-month season starting June 1.

Gray's team, now led by his protege Philip Klotzbach, said three of the hurricanes next year would be the most dangerous Category 3 or above storms, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 km per hour).

Emissions cap for poor unlikely at Bali talks
December 7, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The chance that developing countries would accept firm emissions-cutting targets receded on Friday, as U.N.-led talks to launch negotiations on a climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol inched forward.

Barroso seeks to end EU row over car emissions
December 7, 2007 09:37 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has stepped in to try to resolve a row between industry and environment commissioners over fining carmakers who fail to meet EU pollution limits.

Amid fierce lobbying, the European Union executive is due to adopt regulations on December 19 on how to enforce an average limit of 120 grams per km in carbon dioxide emissions by 2012 -- part of the bloc's ambitious strategy to combat climate change.

 

Norway seeks talks with Sweden on green energy
December 7, 2007 09:34 AM - Reuters

Green certificates are tradable documents that certify that electricity was generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal or biomass.

New Battery-Electric Vehicles Entering the U.S. Market
December 7, 2007 09:21 AM - Shannon Arvizu, Triple Pundit

At this week's International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, California, several exciting all-battery electric vehicles were on display. These vehicles have already been successfully introduced into the European market and are now available to American consumers. If you are looking for ways to reduce your corporate carbon output, it is worthwhile to invest in electric vehicles because they are currently our cleanest form of transportation.

For Heavy-Load Local Deliveries: Consider Smith's Edison (3.5 ton, 1338 kg payload, 150-mile range) or Smith's Newton (7.5 ton, 3400 kg payload, 130-mile range). These trucks are currently in use by DHL and Starbucks in Europe.

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