Rich nations should do more on climate change: China
November 26, 2007 10:55 PM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Rich countries responsible for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissions should take the lead on climate change, a commentary in China's state media said on Tuesday, a week before the opening of global talks on the issue.
China is set to surpass the United States as the world's top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main gas that traps heat in the atmosphere, but has resisted pressure to agree to caps or specific targets on its emissions.
NOAA Celebrates 50-Year Carbon Dioxide Record
November 26, 2007 05:29 PM - NOAA
Fifty years ago the U.S. Weather Bureau, predecessor of NOAA’s National Weather Service, helped sponsor a young scientist from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to begin tracking carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere at two of the planet’s most remote and pristine sites: the South Pole and the summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. This week NOAA, Scripps, the World Meteorological Organization, and other organizations will celebrate the half-century anniversary of the global record of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere—often referred to as the “Keeling Curve” in honor of that young scientist, Charles David Keeling.
APX to develop greenhouse gas registry
November 26, 2007 04:18 PM - Reuters
Private California company APX Inc said on Monday it is creating a registry aimed at increasing transparency in the murky voluntary greenhouse gas emissions offsets industry.
APX will create the registry for the Gold Standard Foundation, a Swiss-based nonprofit supported by environmental groups that sets standards for voluntary emissions offset credits.
Planting Carbon Deep in the Earth
November 26, 2007 11:43 AM - Univeristy of Leeds
Storing carbon dioxide deep below the earth’s surface could be a safe, long-term solution to one of the planet’s major contributors to climate change.
University of Leeds - Research shows that porous sandstone, drained of oil by the energy giants, could provide a safe reservoir for carbon dioxide. The study found that sandstone reacts with injected fluids more quickly than had been predicted - such reactions are essential if the captured CO2 is not to leak back to the surface.
Accuracy of past hurricane counts good
November 26, 2007 10:10 AM - Penn State
Counting tropical storms that occurred before the advent of aircraft and satellites relies on ships logs and hurricane landfalls, making many believe that the numbers of historic tropical storms in the Atlantic are seriously undercounted. However, a statistical model based on the climate factors that influence Atlantic tropical storm activity shows that the estimates currently used are only slightly below modeled numbers and indicate that the numbers of tropical storms in the recent past are increasing, according to researchers.
Chinese pollution plan includes tougher fines
November 26, 2007 09:43 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's water and air are straining to cope with the country's industrial take-off, the government said on Monday, vowing steps to make polluters pay more for environmental damage.
Carbon price seen vital but inadequate
November 26, 2007 08:22 AM - Reuters
Achieving a high and stable price for carbon is vital but inadequate on its own in the bid to beat climate change, British business leaders said in a far reaching report on Monday.
Governments had to use regulation and taxation to reinforce the move from a high to a low carbon economy, and consumers had to be given much more information to help them make product and lifestyle choices, the Confederation of British Industry said.
"The carbon price is essential but on its own it is not enough," said Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of telecomms giant BT and chairman of the group of chief executives the CBI brought together to write the 52-page report.
India and EU to push trade and climate at summit
November 26, 2007 08:11 AM - Reuters
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Leaders of India and the European Union will attempt to push forward a proposed free trade deal and seek common ground on tackling climate change during a summit later this week, officials said on Monday.
Forget the climate! Britons scent U.S. bargains
November 26, 2007 08:09 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - For British tourists heading to the Big Apple to take advantage of a weak dollar and stock up on bargains, the choice is clear: saving money comes before saving the planet.
With sterling hitting its highest levels against the dollar since 1981, British media are cranking up headlines on the number of people jetting to the United States to pick up bargain designer clothes and electrical goods.
"The weak dollar is certainly helping a few shoppers find their way to the U.S.," George Stinnes, head of investor relations at British Airways, said earlier this month when the company reported passenger numbers on routes to the Americas had jumped 7.4 percent in October from a year ago.
Commonwealth not strong enough on climate: St. Kitts
November 25, 2007 08:09 AM - Reuters
KAMPALA (Reuters) - The Commonwealth did not go far enough in pushing rich countries to tackle climate change at its Kampala summit, the prime minister of a Caribbean island nation menaced by rising sea levels said on Sunday.