China/EU alliance 'could be key to low-carbon energy'
March 13, 2008 09:31 AM - , SciDevNet
[BEIJING] China and the European Union (EU) can significantly advance low-carbon technologies if they cooperate closely on technological development and market access, according to a new report. 'Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for China and Europe', outlines common challenges faced by the China and the EU in dealing with the impact of climate change on energy security — despite differences in their economic development.
Norwegian watchdog raps StatoilHydro for spill
March 13, 2008 07:06 AM - Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's oil safety authority found "serious deficiencies" behind a December oil spill at StatoilHydro's Statfjord field in the North Sea and ordered the company to make improvements, the watchdog said on Thursday. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) also said: "No damage to the marine environment has so far been identified as a result of the spill."
China's emissions seen rising faster than thought
March 13, 2008 04:21 AM - Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China is producing far more carbon dioxide than previous estimates and this will frustrate global aims to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gases, a group of U.S. economists said. China is the world's second-largest emitter of CO2 and some studies suggest it might already have overtaken the United States last year. The report could add to calls for China to sign up to binding cuts, something it has refused to do.
Toughened ozone rule falls short of recommendation
March 13, 2008 12:55 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency toughened standards for ozone pollution on Wednesday, but these new requirements are more lax than the agency's own scientists recommended. Stephen Johnson, the agency's chief, said he complied with the Clean Air Act and with scientific data in setting the new ozone standard at 75 parts per billion in ambient air in the United States. The previous standard was 80 parts per billion.
THE U.S. OF SOLAR POWER — OUR CARS TOO.
March 12, 2008 11:13 PM - , Private Landowner Network
Technologically we could build solar power plants so expansive, covering such a large area, that they could be seen from space. But we don’t have to. We could plaster the world’s deserts with solar photovoltaic or concentrated solar thermal power plants to provide many times the amount of power needed to run the world’s economies. But we don’t have to turn the world’s deserts into energy-generating industrial sites. Large scale solar power plants can be built anywhere where sun-drenched real estate is affordable.
Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.
Lufthansa ups fuel surcharges on European flights
March 10, 2008 08:37 AM - Reuters
Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa
Gebrselassie misses marathon due to pollution
March 10, 2008 08:31 AM - Reuters
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie said on Monday he would not compete in the Olympic marathon because of fears that Beijing's air pollution would damage his health. The Ethiopian runner, who suffers from asthma, said he would still compete in the shorter 10,000 meters event in the August Games.
Warm winter curbs German CO2 pollution in 2007
March 10, 2008 07:48 AM - Reuters
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A warm winter cut demand for heating oil and gas sending German carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2007 down by 2.7 percent to almost 857 million tons, the federal environment agency UBA said on Monday. But it warned that the fall in pollution was no reason to lower the guard against climate-changing CO2 pollution.
China says will shift chemical plant after protests
March 7, 2008 03:25 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to shift a proposed chemical plant to another part of the eastern province of Fujian following mass demonstrations, officials said on Friday, defending the project against a new wave of protests. The plant to make paraxylene, or PX, a petrochemical used in polyester and fabrics, was originally intended for the Fujian seaside city of Xiamen, but was put on hold after protests last June brought thousands into the streets.