Climate

Breaking Down the Barriers to a Green Economy
February 20, 2008 09:50 AM - UNEP

UNEP Launches Year Book 2008 at its 10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Monaco 20-22 February Monaco, 20 February 2008-An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.

Norway mall offers shoppers greenhouse gas credits
February 19, 2008 07:45 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Half a kg of salmon; two kg of potatoes; a tonne of greenhouse gas reductions -- shoppers at one Norwegian mall can now buy cuts in their carbon footprint as they pick up their weekly groceries. The Stroemmen Storsenter shopping centre outside Oslo began selling the certificates on Saturday, at 165 Norwegian crowns ($30.58) per tonne, to people who feel bad about contributing to climate change.

Floods kill 10, force thousands to flee in Philippines
February 19, 2008 05:54 AM - Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Flash floods have killed at least 10 people in the central Philippines and forced tens of thousands to flee to higher ground after three days of heavy rain, the head of the local Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Ten people have drowned," said Richard Gordon, appealing for food, medicine, warm clothes and materials for temporary shelter. Three people were injured.

UK farm chief urges science to fight global warming
February 18, 2008 09:33 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must overcome an aversion to new technologies in parts of society as it seeks to combat the menace of climate change and help feed a rapidly growing world population, farmers' leader Peter Kendall said on Monday. "It is acutely painful to me to see how we have allowed our science base to run down. Part of the problem is the aversion to new technology and risk that has been fostered by a section of our society," Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, told an annual conference.

Cyclone heads for West Australia mining region
February 16, 2008 01:51 AM - Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A powerful cyclone off the Western Australia coast was showing signs of intensifying and was likely to cross the country's remote Pilbara mining region over the next two days. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Saturday Tropical Cyclone Nicholas was traveling slowly and was 510 km (320 miles) north north-east of Karratha. On current predictions, it is expected to intensify to a Category 4 cyclone from category 2 currently.

Sony, others to step up fight against global warming
February 15, 2008 09:13 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony, Nokia and 10 other global corporations said all necessary action should be taken to put a halt to global warming, and pledged they would step up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a "Tokyo Declaration" issued on Friday by the dozen companies partnering with conservation group WWF for emission reductions, they said they will expand the scope of their activities by involving their business partners and customers.

Germany says won't meet carbon permits deadline
February 14, 2008 05:52 AM - Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will probably miss a February deadline to issue carbon emissions permits to its industry under the next phase of Europe's carbon trading scheme from 2008-12, a carbon registry spokeswoman said. Reuters reported earlier this week that Hungary would not meet the end-February deadline to issue carbon emission permits, called European Union Allowances (EUAs).

Australia sees La Nina weather staying for months
February 13, 2008 05:28 AM - Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A mature La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific continued to influence the climate of eastern Australia and was forecast to remain until at least the end of the southern autumn, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday. La Nina weather patterns, the opposite of El Ninos, are associated with wet weather in eastern Australia and Southeast Asia.

EU ministers urge caution on cost of climate plan
February 12, 2008 10:56 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's move to a low-carbon economy to fight climate change must not harm its competitiveness, the bloc's finance ministers said on Tuesday. The executive European Commission last month proposed an ambitious package of measures to help the 27-nation bloc cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, partly by using more green energy sources.

Norway's climate goals seen relying on quotas
February 12, 2008 09:43 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway will rely on buying greenhouse gas quotas abroad to meet a self-imposed goal of curbing emissions by more than demanded by the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol until 2012, researchers said on Tuesday. Norway, which says its targets for combating global warming are among the toughest in the world, says it will axe emissions by about nine percent below 1990 levels by 2012 -- tougher than a Kyoto goal of a maximum one percent rise.

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