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.
Compostable Cups, Plates and Cutlery Make Inroads
November 19, 2007 11:04 AM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
Clean Energy's Best-Kept Secret: Waste Heat Recovery
November 19, 2007 08:18 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute
Recycling the heat that spews from industrial smokestacks may be one of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, yet not many climate-savvy entrepreneurs are aware of it. When it comes to energy conservation, "[b]y and large, the world ignores the biggest, single most cost-effective, most profitable thing to do, which is recycle the energy that we’re wasting,"says Thomas Casten, chairman of the Illinois-based company Recycled Energy Development (RED).
The Real Green Car of the Year Award 2008
November 17, 2007 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit
At the L.A. Auto Show this year, there were two separate award ceremonies for the Green Car of the Year 2008. Inside, at the "official" award ceremony, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was announced the winner. Outside, at an "unofficial" ceremony staged across the street, the Plug-In Toyota Prius Hybrid won the prize. So which is the greenest car of the two? The Chevy Tahoe gets 20 mpg. The Plug-In Toyota Prius gets 100 mpg.