California sets key climate targets
December 7, 2007 04:25 AM - Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California on Thursday set key emissions targets and became the first state to require heavy industries to report their greenhouse gases, major steps in its landmark law to reduce global warming.
Starting in 2008, owners of power plants, oil refineries, cement plants and other big polluters will tell the state how much carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases they spew. By 2010, those reports will be independently verified.
Also on Thursday, the California Air Resources Board set a specific emissions target for the state to meet by 2020 .
Hong Kong chokes on pollution
December 7, 2007 04:10 AM - Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong warned people with heart or lung problems to avoid outdoor activities on Friday as the territory experienced one of its most polluted days of the year, with the hills across the harbor almost invisible.
Pollution monitoring stations registered "very high" readings in several spots around the former British colony, and the Environmental Protection Department said the poor air was expected to continue.
Hong Kong's air has become increasingly clogged with pollutants from cars, ships, power plants and a booming manufacturing sector across the border in China's Guangdong province.
Greenland ice could be next puzzle for U.N. panel
December 7, 2007 02:20 AM - Reuters
BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - A thaw of Greenland ice that could raise world sea levels may be the next puzzle for the U.N. climate panel that won the Nobel Peace Prize, a senior member of the group said.
Dutch scientist Bert Metz said the risk of an accelerating melt of Greenland's ice sheet was among the unsolved issues in the U.N. reports this year that blame mankind for causing global warming and urge quick action to avert the worst impacts
Climate change will significantly increase impending bird extinctions
December 6, 2007 10:09 AM - Stanford University
Where do you go when you've reached the top of a mountain and you can't go back down?
It's a question increasingly relevant to plants and animals, as their habitats slowly shift to higher elevations, driven by rising temperatures worldwide. The answer, unfortunately, is you can't go anywhere. Habitats shrink to the vanishing point, and species go extinct.
Climate change speeds up Amazon’s destruction
December 6, 2007 09:19 AM -
A vicious cycle of climate change and deforestation could wipe out or severely damage nearly 60% of the Amazon forest by 2030, says WWF.
The WWF report, The Amazon's Vicious Cycles: Drought and Fire in the Greenhouse, reveals the dramatic consequences for the local and global climate as well as the impacts on people’s livelihoods in South America.
Communities Across the Globe Getting to Grips with Adapting to Climate Change
December 6, 2007 09:13 AM - UNEP
Bali/Nairobi, 4 December 2007 - The way farmers in the Sudan, flood-prone communities in Argentina and dengue-challenged islands in the Caribbean are beginning to adapt to climate change are distilled in a new report launched today.
The five-year Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change provides new and inspiring examples of how vulnerable communities and countries may 'climate proof' economies in the years and decades to come.
"Green jobs" to outweigh losses from climate change
December 6, 2007 06:31 AM - Reuters
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Climate change is creating millions of "green jobs" in sectors from solar power to biofuels that will slightly exceed layoffs elsewhere in the economy, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
Union experts at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia, said the findings might ease worries among many workers that tougher environmental standards could mean an overall loss of jobs for many countries.
Australia's PM offers to bridge climate gap
December 6, 2007 04:04 AM - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has proposed to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that Australia act as a bridge between China and the West on the issue of climate change.
He made the offer during a 20-minute telephone conversation in Mandarin after Wen called to congratulate him on his decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.
Daimler AG Introduces New, Compact Vehicle to U.S. Market: "Smart fortwo"
December 5, 2007 11:24 AM -
NEW YORK, - They call it, "smart fortwo", the most compact vehicle currently in production, and set to launch in USA, January 2008:
The shortest, most compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world's largest automobile market, when the "smart fortwo" debuts in the United States in January, 2008. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG will introduce this latest vehicle to the US market at a press briefing in Washington, DC on December 4th. The car starts around $11,500 dollars.
EPA Urged To Cut Pollution From Aircraft
December 5, 2007 10:25 AM -
Washington, DC – A coalition of state governments, including California, cities, regional governments and environmental groups filed petitions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today urging the agency to address the effects of vast amounts of global warming pollution from the world’s aircraft fleet.
The petitions are the first step in a process that requires the EPA to evaluate the current impacts of aircraft emissions, seek public comment and develop rules to reduce aircraft emissions or explain why it will not act.