Energy

Sweden says application for Baltic pipeline incomplete
February 12, 2008 11:10 AM - Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Consortium Nord Stream's application for Swedish permission to build a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea is too incomplete to take a stance on, the Swedish government said on Tuesday. Sweden's Environment Ministry said it had on Tuesday asked Nord Stream to augment its application with environmental impact assessments along with consideration of possible alternative routes, among other things.

Bloomberg slams U.S. energy law over corn ethanol
February 11, 2008 03:39 PM - Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new U.S. energy law will cause an increase in global food prices and lead to starvation deaths worldwide because it continues to promote corn ethanol, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday. "People literally will starve to death in parts of the world, it always happens when food prices go up," Bloomberg told reporters after addressing a U.N. General Assembly debate on climate change.

Judging a Book By Its Cover
February 11, 2008 10:02 AM - , Ship Green

By Amy Westervelt With Wal-Mart mandating reductions in packaging, the cost of fuel for freight shipments increasing every day, and everyone realizing that the “other” petroleum product—plastic—should be used more efficiently too, the past year has brought a sudden interest not only in product ingredients, but in how products are packaged. At a very basic level, the more packaging there is on a product, the heavier the product becomes, and the more it costs to ship, both in terms of fuel costs and in terms of carbon emissions. Extra packaging also has the potential to result in extra end-of-life waste, and then there are concerns about unhealthy chemical, such as PVC, found in some packaging materials.

Financing the Transition from a Brown to a Green Global Economy
February 11, 2008 09:51 AM - United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi/Monaco, 11 February 2008 - The biggest gathering of environment ministers to take place since the climate change breakthrough in Bali will be happening in Monaco later this month under the theme "Mobilizing Finance for the Climate Challenge". More than 100 ministers from across the globe are scheduled to attend the Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) - the world's forum for environment ministers -alongside senior figures from industry and economics; science; local government; civil society, trades unions and intergovernmental bodies.

Eugene, Oregon, Earns Global Recognition for Its Transportation Efforts
February 8, 2008 09:28 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Eugene, Oregon, has much to celebrate in its first year of operating the new Emerald Express (EmX) bus rapid transit, or BRT, system. On January 14, the city received a 2008 Sustainable Transport Award “Honorable Mention,” along with Guatemala City and Pereira, Colombia, while the two finalists were London and Paris. Eugene was the only U. S. city selected for the annual award, sponsored by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

EU biodiesel output growth slowed in 2007
February 8, 2008 08:30 AM - Reuters

VERONA, Italy (Reuters) - Growth of the European Union's biodiesel output slowed to not more than 10 percent in 2007 due to increasing competition from the U.S biodiesel, a senior European Biodiesel Board (EBB) official said on Friday.

"If we look at 2007 production, we expect an increase of not more than 10 percent compared to the previous year," EBB Secretary General Raffaello Garofalo told Reuters on the sidelines of a bioenergy conference in Verona, northern Italy.

Sweden Uses Humans to Heat Building
February 7, 2008 09:51 AM - ,

The gorgeous Greta Garbo was from Sweden. Uma Thurman, Candice Bergen, and the wide-eyed Gyllenhaall sibs all trace their pretty genes back to that icy country, too. We've got to say, as a people, the Swedes are pretty smokin'. And now, the people of Sweden are joining their hot bodies together for a good cause: To help the environment.

World Oil Supply: Peak or Not Peak?
February 7, 2008 09:20 AM - , Triple Pundit

Taken together with the sharp and sustained oil price rise, rapid industrial growth in places like China, India and other large developing countries, the rapid rise to political prominence of climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and associated incentives and incentives to promote alternative, renewable energy sources this has raised the uncertainty of demand for oil - and hence investment conditions – and put oil, and fossil fuel producers more generally, on the defensive. Looking at it cynically, you might say that they can cry all the way to the bank, at least for some time to come.

Google to help green technologies amass scale
February 7, 2008 08:22 AM - Reuters

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Google Inc is prepared to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in big commercial alternative-energy projects that traditionally have had trouble getting financing, the executive in charge of its green-energy push said on Wednesday. The Internet search giant, which has said it will invest in researching green technologies and renewable-energy companies, is eager to help promising technologies amass scale to help drive the cost of alternative energy below the cost of coal.

How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?
February 5, 2008 09:18 AM - Raya Widenoja, Worldwatch Institute

The new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.

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