China's energy policies 'do not tackle climate change'
January 22, 2008 02:14 PM - , SciDevNet

[BEIJING] China's economic, energy and environment policies have not been streamlined to fight climate change, according to a new study. Carmen Richerzhagen and Imme Scholz from the German Development Institute reviewed China's recent climate-relevant policies and actions in a study published last month (3 December) in World Development.

World wind energy market growth seen in 2008
January 22, 2008 08:31 AM - Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The global wind energy market is set to keep growing in 2008, despite pressure on turbine makers from raw materials prices, but it is likely to slow in Germany, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) said on Tuesday. Thorsten Herdan, head of VDMA power systems, said Germany, one of the world's biggest markets, would probably experience a further slowdown after shrinking by 25 percent in 2007.

U.S. says world must improve energy efficiency
January 22, 2008 07:18 AM - Reuters

The world's largest energy consumer the United States on Monday called for a global push for increased energy efficiency to help meet rising demand and alleviate the impact of high prices on economic growth. The U.S. consumes about 21 million barrels per day of oil, around a quarter of the world's supply. Record oil prices have cooled U.S. appetite for gas guzzling cars and, along with increasing environmental concerns, leant weight to calls for more sparing use of energy.

EU carbon plans seen hurting coal plants
January 22, 2008 04:25 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - European Commission proposals to be published on Wednesday will force power generators to pay for carbon-emissions permits and could chop profits at companies which burn coal to produce electricity, analysts said on Monday. That in turn could re-open a debate about how Europe can safeguard its future energy supplies, especially as Germany plans to phase out nuclear power.

U.S. sees nuclear energy as global alternative
January 22, 2008 03:09 AM - Reuters

Gulf Arab oil exporters and countries around the world should look into nuclear power as an alternative to hydrocarbons, U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Monday. "Nuclear power should be an alternative for Gulf countries and other countries around the world," Bodman said in the United Arab Emirates during a visit.

From China with Hybrids
January 21, 2008 10:40 AM - , Private Landowner Network

According to a new study by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography - Climate Change in the Spanish Mediterranean - the Mediterranean Sea could be on course to rise half a meter (20 inches) in the next 50 years. Sea levels have been rising since the 1970s with the rate of increase growing in recent years - between 2.5mm and 10mm (0.1 and 0.4in) per year since the 1990s. Global warming is to blame, with water expanding as it warms and melting ice adding to the pot.

Coal Is No Longer On Front Burner
January 21, 2008 09:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

America's headlong rush to tap its enormous coal reserves for electricity has slowed abruptly, with more than 50 proposed coal-fired power plants in 20 states canceled or delayed in 2007 because of concerns about climate change, construction costs and transportation problems. Coal, touted as cheap and plentiful, has been a cornerstone of President Bush's plans to meet America's energy needs with dozens of new power plants. Burned in about 600 facilities, coal produces more than half of the nation's electricity.

Abu Dhabi to invest $15 billion in green energy
January 21, 2008 08:38 AM - Reuters

Gulf Arab oil exporter Abu Dhabi plans to spend $15 billion in the first phase of an initiative to develop green energy and build the world's largest hydrogen power plant, it said on Monday. The investment would be part of the Masdar initiative, set up to develop sustainable and clean energy, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan told the World Future Energy Summit in the emirate. He gave no time frame.

Nearly half of all Swedes back new nuclear power: poll
January 21, 2008 08:15 AM - Reuters

Nearly half of all Swedes back building new nuclear reactors in their country, which voted to scrap atomic power in a 1980 referendum, an opinion poll published on Monday showed. An opinion poll conducted for the Dagens Nyheter daily by Synovate showed that 48 percent of Swedes back building new nuclear power stations, while 39 percent are against.

Greenhouse gases at new peak in sign of Asia growth
January 20, 2008 05:54 AM - Reuters

TROLL STATION, Antarctica (Reuters) - Atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gas have set another new peak in a sign of the industrial rise of Asian economies led by China, a senior scientist said on Saturday. "The levels already in January are higher than last year," said Kim Holmen, research director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, during a visit to the Troll scientific research station in Antarctica by Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

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