India Joins International Renewable Energy Agency
March 23, 2009 10:51 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

India joined the International Renewable Energy Agency last week, becoming the largest energy consumer in the recently launched organization. India is the 77th member of IRENA, a multinational agency that formed in January to help governments and private industries expand renewable energy installments worldwide. The inclusion of India, the world's fifth largest primary energy consumer, in the information-sharing organization could help develop the country's growing solar energy industry while also providing IRENA with more legitimacy, environmentalists said.

World wants tough 2050 climate cuts, split on path
March 23, 2009 10:32 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Governments broadly support tough 2050 goals for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but are split on how to share out the reductions, according to a new guide to negotiators of a new U.N. climate pact. A document to be presented to U.N. climate talks in Bonn from March 29-April 8 narrows down a list of ideas for fighting global warming in a new treaty due to be agreed in December to about 30 pages from 120 in a text late last year.

Growing pollution leads to 'global dimming'- study
March 16, 2009 09:21 AM - WBCSD

Visibility on clear days has declined in much of the world since the 1970s thanks to a rise in airborne pollutants, scientists said on Thursday. They described a "global dimming" in particular over south and east Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, while visibility remained relatively stable over North America and improved over Europe, the researchers said.

America Unprepared for Climate Change, Say Policy Advisers
March 16, 2009 09:11 AM - By Suzanne Goldenberg

National Research Council claims US agencies and political leaders not getting the right information or guidance America is woefully unprepared for climate change, and the government agencies charged with delivering the latest science to decision makers are not up to the task, a new report said today.

Trade Concerns Raised in U.S. Climate Debate
March 13, 2009 11:32 AM - Worldwatch Institute

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. legislative leaders are discussing the inclusion of tariffs in the country's climate change policy, the Democratic Congressman said yesterday. Although sparse on details, Brown said he and California Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, have spoken about trade provisions he described as "border equalization" measures.

California panel urges 'immediate action' to protect against rising sea levels
March 12, 2009 09:48 AM - LA Times

California's interagency Climate Action Team on Wednesday issued the first of 40 reports on impacts and adaptation, outlining what the state's residents must do to deal with the floods, erosion and other effects expected from rising sea levels. Hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars of Golden State infrastructure and property would be at risk if ocean levels rose 55 inches by the end of the century, as computer models suggest, according to the report.

Britain's Prince Charles sees time running out to save planet
March 10, 2009 11:47 AM - Reuters

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Time is running out to save the world from the ravages of climate change and prevent economic meltdown and a flood of environmental refugees, Britain's Prince Charles has warned on a visit to Chile. The Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, are in Chile at the start of a Latin American tour to promote energy efficiency and measures to combat climate change.

Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. West
March 10, 2009 10:06 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It's hard to visualize a water crisis while driving the lush boulevards of Los Angeles, golfing Arizona's green fairways or watching dancing Las Vegas fountains leap more than 20 stories high. So look Down Under. A decade into its worst drought in a hundred years Australia is a lesson of what the American West could become.

U.S. needs to do more on climate: EU official
March 9, 2009 09:19 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States must make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than proposed by PresidentBarack Obama if the world is to stand a chance of avoiding devastating climate change, an EU official said. Jos Delbeke, the European Commission's deputy director-general of the environment, said a goal of bringing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020, set by Obama last month, will probably not be enough.

Climate change won't wait for recession's end
March 5, 2009 08:02 AM - Kenneth Davidson. The Age

THE unprecedented challenges of economic recession, global warming, peak oil and shortages of usable water have all emerged simultaneously. The argument that the problems of recession and rising unemployment are more immediate and, therefore, measures to reduce the national carbon footprint should be put to one side, should be seen for what it is — special pleading by polluters who have apparently gulled a majority of Australian Industries Group members that it is also in their interests.

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