EU eyes phasing in CO2 fines for carmakers: source
December 17, 2007 06:16 PM - Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is considering phasing in fees it charges to carmakers who fail to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2012, a European Union source said on Monday. Amid fierce lobbying, the EU executive is due to announce on Wednesday how it will share out cuts in the main gas blamed for global warming between makers of light and heavy cars.
Government Mandates Create Opportunities in New Energy Industries
December 17, 2007 06:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - The global drive toward "clean diesel" and petroleum alternatives continues to accelerate, creating opportunities in the ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) and biofuels industries for certain products and services, according to analysts at Kline, an international consulting and research firm.
World Bank launches forest defence scheme
December 17, 2007 04:55 PM - Imelda V. Abano, SciDevNet
BALI - The World Bank has launched a financing scheme to help developing countries reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) was launched last week (11 December) at the UN climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia.
U.N. ice bridge is reminder of melting Antarctica
December 17, 2007 04:37 PM - Reuters
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An ice bridge made of frozen Antarctic water erected at U.N. headquarters on Monday is expected to melt within a week to dramatize the dangers of melting glaciers. Norwegian artist Vebjorn Sand brought the fresh water to New York to fashion a temporary bridge based on a Leonardo da Vinci design. It replicates another span he built on a glacier in Antarctica a year ago which he hopes will never melt.
New York, Ottawa Order Over 1,000 Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses
December 17, 2007 03:03 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Daimler Buses North America has received orders totaling 1,052 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses from some of North America's largest transit authorities. MTA New York City Transit has ordered 850 and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) 202 Orion VII Next Generation diesel-electric hybrid transit buses. These buses will be powered by BAE Systems' Hybri Drive(R) diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and delivered into 2010.
Largest Solar Array in North America: Nellis AFB
December 17, 2007 02:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Las Vegas, NV - Today the U.S. Air Force announced, and celebrates the completion of North America's largest solar photovoltaic system at Nellis Air Force Base, a massive PV solar array covering thousands of acres in the Nevada desert.
Penguins in peril as climate warms
December 17, 2007 02:27 PM - WWF -Climate Change
The penguin population of Antarctica is under pressure from global warming, according to a WWF report. The report, Antarctic Penguins and Climate Change, shows that the four populations of penguins that breed on the Antarctic continent — Adélie, Emperor, Chinstrap and Gentoo — are under escalating pressure. For some, global warming is taking away precious ground on which penguins raise their young. For others, food has become increasingly scarce because of warming in conjunction with overfishing.
Kicking the CO2 Habit at Climate Convention Meet
December 17, 2007 02:18 PM - UNEP
Members of the UN attending the crucial climate convention meeting in Bali today announced that they are offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions linked with travel to and from the event. The move, covering some 20 agencies, funds and programmes, also includes the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, and his team.
British climate official to become IETA president
December 17, 2007 10:22 AM - Reuters
Henry Derwent, currently the director of international climate and air at the UK Department for Environment, will take the top position at the International Emissions Trading Association on February 18, according to a release from IETA.
Energy Software Enhanced to Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 16, 2007 02:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Good Steward Software announces the release of EnergyCAP Enterprise 5.0. The second major upgrade in 2007, this release features over 100 valuable new energy efficiency software improvements including Greenhouse Gas Tracking, Automatic Weather Data Updates, and an interface to the EPA's ENERGY STAR building rating system.