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.
Midwest governors sign climate change accord
November 16, 2007 08:53 AM - John Rondy -Reuters
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Midwest U.S. states signed agreements on Thursday designed to cut greenhouse gases, promote energy conservation and fight global warming.
The third such pact between U.S. states means that nearly half of Americans will be living in areas covered by agreements designed to combat global warming, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute.
Bangladesh cyclone toll tops 500
November 16, 2007 08:35 AM - Anis Ahmed -Reuters
DHAKA (Reuters) - A severe cyclone has killed more than 500 people in Bangladesh and left thousands injured or missing, triggering an international relief effort on Friday to help the army-backed interim government cope with the disaster.
Local officials and Red Crescent workers said 508 deaths have been confirmed. Hundreds more were injured or missing after Cyclone Sidr struck overnight packing winds of 250 kph (155 mph).
Climate witnesses demand climate solutions
November 16, 2007 08:18 AM - WWF
Valencia, Spain – Real problems for real people caused by climate change demand real solutions, says the latest research from WWF, as it presents a new tool for concerned citizens to register and verify their observations of global warming. The WWF initiative documents the experiences of people who are witnessing the impacts of climate change on their local environment and lifestyles.
U.N. Climate Talks Make Slow Progress
November 15, 2007 04:29 PM - Reuters
VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Delegates at crucial U.N. talks on the causes and effects of global climate change are making slow progress with an agreement still some way off, sources close to the discussions said on Thursday.
"The same governments which are usually hostile to binding emissions reductions, and especially the Kyoto Protocol, are also those who are blocking progress on agreeing to sound science as the basis for future action," said Stephan Singer, a climate expert at the WWF conservation group.
Wal-Mart Outlines Environmental Efforts Progress
November 15, 2007 04:20 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc released a report on Thursday outlining the progress it is making in meeting its so-called "sustainability" goals, such as cutting waste and reducing energy at the discount retailer's stores.
Wal-Mart, which began the environmental push in 2005, has set a goal of one day using only renewable energy and creating zero waste.
In that effort, the company has constructed experimental stores to test different ways to conserve water or electricity while also cutting waste.