Climate

New carbon offset standard aims for transparency
November 19, 2007 11:55 AM - Reuters

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), one of several sets of international guidelines introduced recently, aims to certify the validity of voluntary offsets, or VERs, bought by consumers and corporations seeking to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, or 'carbon footprint'.

Floods displace 2,000 in Malawi
November 19, 2007 11:44 AM - Reuters

Lawford Palani, Chikwawa district commissioner, told Reuters that about 20 villages have been destroyed following persistent rains and hailstorms in the area, about 50 kilometers west of the country's commercial capital Blantyre.

Climate report revives "dangerous" change dispute
November 19, 2007 11:32 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments have promised to try to avert "dangerous" climate change expected to bring about rising seas, droughts and floods, but have yet to agree on a common definition of where the danger starts.

UK must aim for near carbon-free power by 2020: PM
November 19, 2007 11:19 AM - Reuters

"Virtually all electricity by 2020 (must be) from low carbon sources," Brown told a meeting of environmental activists and businessmen in London.

EU Commission wants ICAO,IMO to do more on climate
November 19, 2007 10:31 AM - Reuters

Commission Vice President Margot Wallstrom said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization should "develop a much more ambitious policy for climate change."

Clean Energy's Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery
November 19, 2007 08:18 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it. When it comes to energy conservation, "[b]y and large, the world ignores the biggest, single most cost-effective, most profitable thing to do, which is recycle the energy that we’re wasting,"says Thomas Casten, chairman of the Illinois-based company Recycled Energy Development (RED).

Act Now on Climate Change: Go For Energy Efficiency.
November 19, 2007 08:06 AM - , Private Landowner Network

The latest report on the state of global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ((IPCC) warns that without action soon climate change may cause abrupt and irreversible impacts.

(Glaciers, like those on Greenland, may experience rapid meltdown and cause sea levels to rise. Once gone glaciers won’t freeze up again. Droughts similar to that now being experienced in the southeast US may be more frequent and perhaps permanent. Populations without water to support them will have to move, never to return.)

Africa "forgotten continent" in climate fight
November 18, 2007 05:02 PM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Africa is the "forgotten continent" in the fight against climate change and needs help to cope with projected water shortages and declining crop yields, the U.N.'s top climate change official said on Sunday.

UAE, Qatar each pledge $150 mln for climate research
November 18, 2007 10:58 AM - Reuters

The pledges were announced by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal at a news conference following the OPEC heads of state summit in Riyadh. A $150 million pledge by Kuwait and a $300 million pledge by Saudi Arabia had already been announced.

U.N. says new report must spur climate change action
November 17, 2007 08:58 AM - Reuters

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Governments must do more to fight global warming, spurred by a new U.N. scientific report and damage to nature that is already as frightening as science fiction, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday.

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