China, India Growth Force Action on Climate
November 7, 2007 08:54 AM - Reuters
LONDON - The International Energy Agency on Wednesday painted a grim picture of a tough and urgent global challenge to avoid the "alarming" climate change implications of soaring energy demand in China and India.
The report suggested that restricting global climate change within safe limits, as defined by the European Union, may be out of reach, at least at an affordable price.
The IEA's influential World Energy Outlook was published less than a month before nearly 200 countries meet in Bali, Indonesia, to try to launch two-year talks on a new, global deal to fight climate change.
Growing List Of Cities Switching To LED Holiday Tree Lights
November 6, 2007 03:33 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Colorado Springs, CO - Old Colorado City, the national historic district of Colorado Springs, joins a growing list of cities switching to low energy tree lights. Colorado Springs will have a new LED look this year for its annual 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City' event.
The city's town managers decided to trade in their inefficient incandescent holiday lights for LED Christmas lights. "I read a lot about the benefits of LED holiday lighting online and we decided it was the economically and environmentally responsible thing to do," said Nancy Stovall, member of the Board of Directors of the Old Colorado City Associates and coordinator of the 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City" event.
Florida gov. to lobby for ethanol on U.S. Congress
November 5, 2007 05:46 PM - Inae Riveras, Reuters
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said on Monday he will encourage U.S. Congress members to lobby for more ethanol use and a reduction in the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on Brazilian imports of the biofuel.
The use of more cane-based ethanol is seen as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. state, which is aiming to reduce them to 1990 levels by 2015.
Experts Say Climate Change Threatens National Security
November 5, 2007 05:40 PM - By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Climate change could end globalization by 2040 as nations look inward to conserve scarce resources and conflicts flare when refugees flee rising seas and drought, national security experts warned on Monday.
Scarcity could dictate the terms of international relations, according to Leon Fuerth of George Washington University, one of the report's authors.
Global cooperation based on a resource-rich world could give way to a regime where vital commodities are scarce, Fuerth said at a forum to release "The Age of Consequences."
Rich nations' climate emissions up, near record
November 5, 2007 03:04 PM - Alister Doyle -Reuters
Rich nations' greenhouse gas emissions rose near to an all-time high in 2005, led by U.S. and Russian gains despite curbs meant to slow global warming, U.N. data showed.
Total emissions by 40 leading industrial nations edged up to 18.2 billion tonnes in 2005 from 18.1 billion in 2004 and were just 2.8 percent below a record 18.7 billion in 1990, according to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn.
Wisconsin Leopold Center Earns LEED Platinum
November 5, 2007 11:04 AM - , BuildingGreen
Baraboo, Wisconsin - Built in honor of one of the world’s most famed conservationists, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, located on Leopold’s farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, has earned 61 out of a possible 69 LEED points, the most earned by any LEED-certified building to date and enough to qualify for a Platinum rating.
The net-zero-energy building produces as much energy as it consumes with a grid-tied photovoltaic system and a ground-source heat pump serving a radiant-floor heating system; wood stoves add additional heat.
Most would pay higher bills to help climate: poll
November 5, 2007 07:54 AM - Jeremy Lovell -Reuters
Millions of people around the world are willing to make personal sacrifices, including paying higher bills, to help redress climate change, a global survey said on Monday.
The survey found 83 percent of those questioned believed lifestyle changes would be necessary to cut emissions of climate warming carbon gases.
World Carbon Market Seen Doubling This Year
November 5, 2007 07:51 AM - Reuters
Carbon emissions trading will probably double to at least $60 billion this year, the head of an industry body said on Monday, as investors and polluters seek to profit from reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"I would put it in (that) ballpark," Andrei Marcu, president of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) told reporters ahead of a conference on the carbon market.
Indonesia says volcano Kelud spewing ash
November 4, 2007 07:21 PM - Heri Retnowati, Reuters
GAMBAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Kelud volcano spewed ash on Sunday as clouds and fog turned daytime to dusk, sharply reducing visibility in the area.
A top official said the volcano had spewed ash about 500 meters into the air, a day after confusion over whether it had already started erupting.
An estimated 350,000 people live within 10 km (6 miles) of the volcano, which is about 90 km southwest of Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city and one of its busiest airports.
Thousands perched on rooftops in Mexico floods
November 4, 2007 12:15 AM - Alberto Fajardo and Luis Manuel Lopez, Reuters
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico (Reuters) - Thousands of people perched on roofs in southern Mexico on Saturday, desperate to be evacuated from flooding caused by heavy rains that has left most of Tabasco state under water and 800,000 people homeless.
Many were set to spend another night on their rooftops, with tens of thousands already crammed into emergency shelters struggling to provide enough hot meals and dry beds.
One group stranded on a roof held a banner reading: "Enough. There are children, pregnant women, sick women. Send the police."