Germany plans rise in biofuels blending
November 21, 2007 12:06 PM - Reuters
Presenting a joint biofuels strategy agreed between the government, the automobile industry, oil companies and the farming sector, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany planned to raise the level of biofuels blended into fossil diesel and gasoline to 10 percent from 5 percent now by 2010.
European car industry choking on emission rules
November 21, 2007 11:43 AM - Reuters
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - EU rules to cut CO2 emissions drew a range of views from industry figures at the Reuters Autos Summit, but all said it would be costly to a sector already hit by pricier raw materials, a strong euro and nervous consumers.
India and China sign deal to stabilize greenhouse gases
November 21, 2007 05:32 AM - Reuters
According to a copy of the final text obtained by Reuters, the 16 nations of the East Asia Summit "commit to the common goal of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations in the long run, at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."
China coal fire put out after more than 50 years
November 21, 2007 02:09 AM - Reuters
An underground coal fire in remote northwest China that has raged unchecked for more than 50 years has finally been put out, state media reported on Wednesday.
More than 12.43 million tonnes of coal had been consumed in the fire and an estimated 651 million tonnes saved at the Terak field in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang autonomous region, the Coalfield Fire Fighting Project Office was quoted as saying.
MIT sees acceleration in US greenhouse emissions
November 20, 2007 09:02 AM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--U.S. greenhouse gas emissions could grow more quickly in the next 50 years than in the previous half-century, and technological change may cause increased emissions rather than control them, according to a new study by an MIT economist and his colleague.
What's more, technology itself cannot be relied on as the most efficient tool for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or solving the global energy crisis, said Professor Emeritus Richard Eckaus of the MIT Department of Economics and his co-author, Ian Sue Wing, of Boston University.
Kyoto backers can exceed 2012 climate goals: U.N.
November 20, 2007 05:33 AM - Reuters
But it cautioned that emissions had risen since 2000 in many nations -- especially in former Soviet bloc countries where economies were picking up after the collapse of smokestack industries in the early 1990s.
U.N. to promote self-reliance in Chernobyl area
November 19, 2007 06:52 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.N. efforts to help people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster two decades ago should focus on rebuilding self-reliance instead of treating them as victims, a U.N. official said on Monday.
Turkey to reduce sulphur in diesel from Jan 1
November 19, 2007 12:20 PM - Reuters
Turkey's energy markets regulator will change diesel sulphur levels for fuel for tractors to contain 1,000 parts per million from current levels of 2,000 ppm, he said.
New carbon offset standard aims for transparency
November 19, 2007 11:55 AM - Reuters
The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), one of several sets of international guidelines introduced recently, aims to certify the validity of voluntary offsets, or VERs, bought by consumers and corporations seeking to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, or 'carbon footprint'.
UK must aim for near carbon-free power by 2020: PM
November 19, 2007 11:19 AM - Reuters
"Virtually all electricity by 2020 (must be) from low carbon sources," Brown told a meeting of environmental activists and businessmen in London.