Plant Debris may be hazardous to global health
December 19, 2007 03:57 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - A new study looks at a poorly understood process with potentially critical consequences for climate change. Emma Sayer, postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Jennifer Powers, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's department of ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Edmund Tanner, researcher at Cambridge University, published the findings of their long-term study on the effects of increased plant litter on soil carbon and nutrient cycling in the Dec. 12 edition of PLoS ONE.
Experts: Pricy Oil Will Push Renewable Fuels Development
December 19, 2007 03:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - researchers at the University of Minnesota has discovered a silver lining in the increasing cost of oil. Midwest experts in research, government, business and nonprofit sectors who attended the university’s E3 conference last month were surveyed on what they think will promote sustainable energy research within their geographic domain. Forty percent of the respondents said the cost of oil is the primary driver.
Texas vows to attract other carbon-capture plants
December 18, 2007 06:59 PM - Reuters
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas regulator said Tuesday that while the state was not able to land a $1.5 billion "near-zero" emission coal plant, he wants to find ways to attract other projects that seek to capture and store carbon dioxide, a gas blamed for global warming. Mattoon in central Illinois was named Tuesday as the home for the proposed FutureGen coal plant, beating out Jewett and Odessa, Texas, and another Illinois site in a national competition.
A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs
December 18, 2007 01:32 PM - UC San Diego, California Newswire
San Diego, California - UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. The network, which will be expanded to 20 stations in 2008, is unprecedented in the United States for the density of weather data to be collected.
Major US electric vehicle manufacturing plant announced
December 18, 2007 12:38 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Tyne & Wear, UK - Smith Electric Vehicles, the world's largest manufacturer of road-going electric vans and trucks, is to establish a major production facility in the USA.The factory will have the capacity to produce up to 10,000 zero emission vehicles per year, from 2010.
South American countries join forces to boost biofuels
December 18, 2007 12:29 PM - Paula Leighton, SciDevNet
Members of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS) have agreed to carry out research and develop policies to increase biofuel production in the region.The decision was made last week (4 December) during the 13th CAS Regular Meeting, in Asunción, Paraguay.CAS is a forum for the ministers of agriculture and livestock of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Indonesian court clears Newmont in pollution suit
December 18, 2007 03:13 AM - Reuters
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court has cleared the local unit of Newmont Mining Corp. over pollution allegations filed in a civil case by an environmental group, the chief judge said on Tuesday. Indonesian environmental group, Walhi, had accused Newmont in a suit filed at the South Jakarta court in March of carelessly disposing of mining tailings causing environmental problems and endangering the health of the community around the firm's now defunct gold mine in North Sulawesi province.
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.