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Mainstream Renewable Energy Continues Double-digit Growth

In less than a decade since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, renewable energy has evolved rapidly from an 'alternative' source of energy to a mainstream energy option, according to the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2007.

Compared to a total global power capacity of 4,300 GW, the report finds renewable energy (without large hydro) now provides about 240 Gigawatts (GW) of clean power, avoiding some 5 gigatonnes per year (Gt/year) of carbon emissions.

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Grasscrete: Sustainable Urban Drainage Product

Grasscrete, the green alternative to standard concrete surfaces for parking lots, driveways, and access roads for vehicles or fire trucks. The benefit to Grasscrete for businesses and developers is that it drains at about the same rate as would an ordinary lawn in the same location. The presence of concrete has little effect on the drainage; the soil and the slope are the controlling factors which makes it beneficial for erosion control as well. >> Read the Full Article

Nations bicker in Bali over "green" goods trade

JIMBARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rich and poor countries failed on Sunday to agree on a plan to open up trade in green goods, with Brazil fearing a major U.S.-EU proposal raised on the fringes of climate talks in Bali was a protectionist ruse.

At the end of two days of talks involving officials from 32 nations, including 12 trade ministers, a final news conference descended into farce as Brazil and the United States swapped recriminations.

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At risk in Arctic, "polar bears" thrive in Bali

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Under threat from a thaw of Arctic sea ice, polar bears seem to be having a population explosion at U.N. climate talks on the tropical island of Bali.

Environmental activists have repeatedly paraded in polar bear suits at December 3-14 U.N. talks to warn of climate threats to wildlife. Yet the U.N. climate panel says 20 to 30 percent of all species may face more risks of extinction from warming.

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London, Stockholm climate marchers demand action

LONDON (Reuters) - Several thousand climate campaigners marched through London and Stockholm on Saturday calling on governments around the world to take urgent action to tackle global warming.

Carrying banners with slogans like "cut carbon not forests" and "actions speak louder than words" protesters in London marched in torrential rain and biting cold past parliament and through Trafalgar Square to rally in front of the U.S. embassy.

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EU may go easier on CO2 curbs for big cars: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Commission may shift the burden of cutting average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions more onto small cars than heavier and more powerful models, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

The paper, which quoted an internal EU paper, said on Saturday the Commission was requiring manufacturers of the smaller models to cut CO2 emissions at a higher rate in order for the bloc to achieve its average target by 2012.

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New research may lead to better climate models for global warming, El Nino

One hundred fifty scientists from more than 40 universities in nine countries are starting a coordinated program aimed at gaining new insights about the Earth's climate and the complex, interconnected system involving the oceans, the atmosphere and the land.

The program will study the southeastern Pacific Ocean, the marine area off South America's west coast — a region where the interplay among low clouds, strong low-level winds, coastal ocean currents, surfacing of deep water, the Andes Mountains, aerosols and other factors shape the regional climate and affect global weather in ways that are poorly understood.

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U.N. talks will not decide on new HFC incentives

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The biggest winners from a U.N. scheme to reward companies which cut emissions of potent greenhouse gases will have to wait until next year to see if the multi-billion-dollar rewards are extended.

A 190-nation climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, failed to agree terms to allow companies to profit from destroying gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are a waste product from making refrigerants.

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Renewables investments seen over $100 bln in 2007

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - World annual investments in renewable energy will top $100 billion for the first time in 2007, led by wind power, according to a report issued at United Nations climate talks on Saturday.

"Policies to promote renewable energy have mushroomed over the past few years," the Renewable Energy Policy Network, which links governments, industries and other groups, said in its study.

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South Korea's worst oil spill blackens coast

TAEAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean workers using skimmers and containment fences battled on Saturday to clean up the worst oil spill in the country's history, as the slick washed ashore near a nature preserve on the west coast.

Parts of about 17 kms (11 miles) of coastline about 100 km southwest of Seoul have already been blackened by oil, the coast guard said. More of the spill is expected on Sunday to hit the area that has marine farms and oyster beds.

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