Energy

EPA Urged To Limit CO2 Pollution From Cargo And Cruise Ships
October 3, 2007 12:04 PM -

Washington, D.C., - A US supreme court decision has cleared the way for the Environmental Protection AGency to order shipping companies to lower the pollution caused by ships.

Today a coalition of environmental advocates filed a petition today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking the agency to set pollution rules for large, ocean-going marine vessels. These vessels include cargo and cruise ships. Earthjustice, the leading U.S. public interest environmental law firm, filed this first ever petition on behalf of Oceana, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Biological Diversity.

California Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. also filed a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson on behalf of the state of California today, with a similar request.

The petitions would require the EPA to assess ships’ contributions to global warming, seek public comment and issue rules to reduce this pollution or explain why it will not act. 

US Backs NKorea Nuclear Facilities Plan
October 3, 2007 08:30 AM - Jennifer Loven -Associated Press

The United States on Wednesday lauded an agreement for North Korea to acknowledge its nuclear programs and disable all activities at its main reactor complex, with the White House calling it significant progress toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Solar Leading The Energy Revolution?
October 3, 2007 07:47 AM - , Private Landowner Network

This week, at a special UN conference on climate change in New York, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said this regarding efforts to mitigate global warming, "Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution."

New method could advance development of hydrogen-fueled cars
October 2, 2007 09:29 PM - UCLA News

Los Angeles, California - Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a model that could help engineers and scientists speed up the development of hydrogen-fueled vehicles by identifying promising hydrogen-storage materials and predicting favored thermodynamic chemical reactions through which hydrogen can be reversibly stored and extracted.

The new method, published online in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Materials, was developed by Alireza Akbarzadeh, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher in the department of materials science and engineering; Vidvuds Ozolins, UCLA associate professor of materials science and engineering; and Christopher Wolverton, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Expert says China would follow U.S. lead on climate
October 2, 2007 08:32 PM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - China would soon follow the U.S. lead if Washington agrees to tackle its emissions in the next few years because China's government takes the threat of global warming more seriously than the United States does, a climate expert said on Tuesday.

"My impression is that the national government -- top level ministry officials -- in China regard the threats of global warming to their country with a much higher level of seriousness than their counterparts do here in the United States," said David Hawkins of the environmental group National Resources Defense Council.

Hawkins, head of the group's climate center, spoke by telephone to the Reuters Environment Summit in New York.

If the United States agrees to cut emissions deeply with a baseline that gets tougher over time, it would spur U.S. manufacturers to build low-emissions technologies like alternative energy and coal plants that store carbon dioxide underground.

Trust Nuclear, Europe Energy Chiefs Urge
October 1, 2007 02:56 PM - Jane Barrett, Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - European energy executives urged governments on Monday to work on the attitudes of their citizens so they can reopen the door to nuclear as a carbon-free source of power for the continent over coming decades.

As the European Union tries to cut emissions of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and improve the security of its power supply, nuclear is coming back as an option, despite public fears arising from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

"We're facing a nuclear renaissance," said Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive of French nuclear energy firm Areva.

"Nuclear's not the devil any more. The devil is coal," she told an energy conference in Madrid.

What About Helicopter Emissions?
October 1, 2007 10:16 AM - Pablo Päster, Triple Pundit

Cost of Coal
October 1, 2007 09:55 AM - Reuters

AYFORD MOUNTAIN, W. Va - Larry Gibson's tiny house sits in a green oasis on top of the Appalachian peak his family has called home for 230 years. The setting would be peaceful if not for the roar of machinery scraping away the surrounding mountain in search of coal  "It's a noisy, dusty place. They dynamite constantly," said Gibson, 61. "It's the genocide of Appalachia, the destruction of a people who have lived in these mountains forever.  Gibson has emblazoned the wooden cabin he calls home with a banner calling for an end to mountaintop mining, along with the words "We are the keepers of the mountains ... don't destroy them" -- his defiant stand against coal companies who have offered to buy his land.

$500M Fund Launched to Support Next-Generation Renewable Fuels
October 1, 2007 09:42 AM - , Green Progress

The future of renewable fuels in Canada took a big step forward today with the launch of the NextGen Biofuels Fund. The new fund, with $500 million in funding provided by the Government of Canada, will be managed by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).  "The NextGen Biofuels Fund will jumpstart the development and production of the next generation of renewable fuels in Canada," said SDTC Chairman James M. Stanford. "This Fund will aim to take advantage of the abundance of suitable biomass materials available in Canada by funding large-scale demonstration facilities and encouraging the growth and retention of home-grown technologies and expertise in Canada."

SCA and Statkraft - Major Wind Power Venture and to Study Eco-Friendly Extension of Hydropower
October 1, 2007 09:38 AM - , Green Progress

CA and Statkraft are to form a jointly owned company for a major investment in wind power in northern Sweden. The plans involve production of 2,800 GWh of wind power electricity per year in seven wind farms on forest land in Västernorrland and Jämtland, an investment of SEK 16 billion. Statkraft will provide financing while SCA grants land for the wind power farms. Plans also include studying the feasibility of expanding hydropower in the northern regions Jämtland, Västernorrland and Västerbotten.

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