Energy

China expects to fund 90 pct of renewables target
February 20, 2008 11:36 AM - Reuters

MONACO (Reuters) - China expected local capital to fund 90 percent of the infrastructure and other investment needed to meet its goal to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, a senior official said. Gao Guangsheng, director general of climate change at Beijing's National Development and Reform Commission, was speaking on Wednesday to a conference of environment ministers and other delegates at 154-nation climate talks in Monaco.

LED Bulbs: Efficient lighting is here to stay.....
February 20, 2008 10:46 AM - , Triple Pundit

The introduction of LED light bulbs into the market has been hindered due to several factors. Namely: lumens (brightness) color (led produce blue radiance vs. white) market promotion and affordability. Although LED bulbs for residential and commercial applications are not quite where they need to be, they are starting to scratch their way into the market this year with more force than ever before.

Global Biopact on biofuels can bring benefits to both rich and poor nations
February 20, 2008 10:15 AM - Society of Chemical Industry

A GLOBAL Biofuels Biopact between rich and poor countries can help alleviate poverty in the developing world while helping to solve the problems of global warming and energy security in the developed world, says a new paper in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining published by SCI and John Wiley & Sons. According to the paper’s author, John Mathews, professor of Strategic Management at Macquarie University, Australia, a Biopact – a trade agreement to guarantee market factors between the North (developed countries) and the South (developing countries) – will enable the expansion of global trade in biofuels under controlled and sustainable conditions, countering recent opinion that biofuels are unsustainable and will have a negative impact.

Kansas lawmakers pass bill favoring coal expansion
February 19, 2008 02:17 PM - Reuters

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - Backed by powerful business interests, Kansas lawmakers on Tuesday overturned a 2007 decision that rejected a coal-fired power plant expansion in the state, though the vote fell shy of a veto-proof majority. Lawmakers in the Kansas House voted Tuesday 77-45 for a bill that would allow two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. The measure strips authority from Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment Rod Bremby, who last year rejected the expansion because of health risks associated with carbon dioxide emissions and global warming concerns.

World switches on to Earth Hour switch-off
February 19, 2008 08:17 AM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - As many as 30 million people are tipped to switch off lights and televisions around the world to help fight climate change with 24 cities joining Earth Hour on March 29, environment group WWF said on Wednesday. Following last year's Earth Hour in Australia, where 2.2 million Sydneysiders powered-down for an hour, cities including Atlanta, San Francisco, Bangkok, Ottawa, Dublin, Vancouver, Montreal and Phoenix have also signed on, WWF said.

Crop biofuels 'create carbon debt'
February 18, 2008 09:17 AM - , SciDevNet

Two studies have shown that changes in land use to produce crop-based biofuels can actually result in more greenhouse-gas emissions than burning fossil fuels. The studies, both published in Science last week (8 February), estimate the impact of converting forests and grasslands into cropland for the production of biofuels.

Coalition against coal fires up in Greece
February 18, 2008 09:01 AM - WWF

WWF-Greece and seven municipalities are joining forces to oppose several coal-fired power plant projects, on the grounds they will cause large increases of greenhouse gas emissions and cause local pollution problems. “This coalition against coal aims to promote the principles of sustainable energy”, said Achilleas Plitharas, WWF-Geece’s Environmental Policy Campaigner.

Saudi, Norway back carbon capture for CDM: paper
February 18, 2008 06:33 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Oil exporters Saudi Arabia and Norway will cooperate to get carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- burying greenhouse gases -- recognized as a way for rich countries to offset their emissions, a Norwegian daily reported. CCS involves trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes, such as power generation from fossil fuels, and storing it underground or below the seabed. The technology is still in a pioneering phase and is not yet commercial.

Thank carbon for air cars
February 16, 2008 09:31 AM - , Private Landowner Network

One of the great success stories of recent technological history is carbon fiber. Light, stronger than steel and corrosion proof, it’s used in everything from airplanes to fishing rods to sailboat masts. Without carbon fiber composites Guy Negre wouldn’t have his air powered cars. It’s the super strong carbon fiber pressure tanks that make the cars possible. Soon cars running on compressed air will go into production – in India. MDI Industries, of Carros, France, which develops the air powered cars and engine technology, has signed a licensing agreement with Tata Motors that allows that company exclusive rights to manufacture and market an MDI car and its technology in the world’s second most populous nation. The small, fiberglass composite 770 pound (350 kg) cars could sell for about $5000.

CERA sees a dozen U.S. reactors by 2015
February 16, 2008 06:54 AM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Challenges facing a nuclear revival in the United States seem only to increase, but industry experts at the CERA conference expect to see a dozen new reactors under construction in the next decade, they said Friday. "It's execution time," said Jone-Lin Wang, a senior director of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, host of the annual conference in Houston.

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