• Inaction on greener buildings puzzle experts

    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Building greener homes and office towers and installing energy-efficient lighting could slash planet-warming carbon emissions, U.N. and industry officials said at climate talks in Bali on Friday.

    They said the technology already existed to dramatically cut electricity use for very little cost, and yet it was puzzling that governments, industries and home-owners weren't cashing in on the energy-saving ideas.

    "About 40 percent of all energy is consumed in buildings and in construction. This is the incredible fact most people don't realize," said Kaarin Taipale, of the U.N.'s Marrakesh Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction.

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  • Gore calls for early climate pact

    OSLO (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore urged governments on Friday to advance by two years a new treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions instead of waiting until the Kyoto pact expires in 2012.

    Government ministers are meeting at a U.N. conference in Bali, Indonesia, to try to launch talks on a successor to the Kyoto pact to be concluded by 2009, which would allow three years for ratification before the existing pact expires.

    "I hope they will move the effective date of the new treaty forward by two years so that we don't wait until 2012 to have a much tougher treaty in place," former U.S. Vice-President Gore said on arriving in Oslo where he will collect the Nobel prize on Monday.

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  • California sets key climate targets

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California on Thursday set key emissions targets and became the first state to require heavy industries to report their greenhouse gases, major steps in its landmark law to reduce global warming.

    Starting in 2008, owners of power plants, oil refineries, cement plants and other big polluters will tell the state how much carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases they spew. By 2010, those reports will be independently verified.

    Also on Thursday, the California Air Resources Board set a specific emissions target for the state to meet by 2020 .

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  • Ireland goes green with light bulb rules and car tax

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will ban traditional light bulbs in favor of energy-saving alternatives from 2009 and penalize high-emission vehicles from July 2008, Environment Minister Jonh Gormley said on Thursday.

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  • What's next for Australia as it joins Kyoto?

    Within seconds of being sworn in, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed documents to bring Australia into the Kyoto Protocol.

    "This is the first official act of the new Australian government," he said.

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  • Biofuel holds promise for Caribbean

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Small Caribbean nations see big biofuel opportunities in ethanol produced from traditional sugar crops and biodiesel from promising African palm and jatropha trees, delegates to a conference in Miami said.

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  • Daimler AG Introduces New, Compact Vehicle to U.S. Market: "Smart fortwo"

    NEW YORK, - They call it, "smart fortwo", the most compact vehicle currently in production, and set to launch in USA, January 2008: 

     

    The shortest, most compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world's largest automobile market, when the "smart fortwo" debuts in the United States in January, 2008. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG will introduce this latest vehicle to the US market at a press briefing in Washington, DC on December 4th. The car starts around $11,500 dollars.

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  • EPA Urged To Cut Pollution From Aircraft

    Washington, DC – A coalition of state governments, including California, cities, regional governments and environmental groups filed petitions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today urging the agency to address the effects of vast amounts of global warming pollution from the world’s aircraft fleet.

    The petitions are the first step in a process that requires the EPA to evaluate the current impacts of aircraft emissions, seek public comment and develop rules to reduce aircraft emissions or explain why it will not act. 

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  • Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic

    NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.

     

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  • Renewable energy stocks soar on energy bill hopes

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The shares of renewable energy companies rose on Tuesday in anticipation of Congress approving an energy bill that environmentalists have hailed for tough action on automobile fuel efficiency.

    In afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, shares in LDK Solar Co Ltd <LDK.N>, which manufactures solar wafers, were up over 18 percent at $38.35 and Trina Solar Ltd <TSL.N> gained 5.26 percent to $47.65.

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