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2010-07-19 07:37:25

During an upcoming meeting in Washington DC the world's top economies will look for ways to work together on clean energy, bringing a rare act of cooperation amid a deadlock in drafting a new climate change accord. Energy officials and delegates from 21 nations will meet Monday and Tuesday in Washington in an initiative by President Barack Obama's administration, which has made the creation of green jobs a top priority. The two-day meeting will feature announcements of joint initiatives...

2010-07-07 11:27:00

Budget Shortfall Jeopardizes Phase-out of Harmful Refrigerant Gases MONTREAL, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A small group of policy-makers meeting in Montreal this week will decide if up to nine billion tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions (Gt CO2e) will be prevented by accelerating the phase-out of refrigerant gases called HCFCs as agreed in 2007. In comparison, approximately eight Gt CO2e will be prevented by the Kyoto Protocol. Money is the crux of the problem, with donor...

2010-06-22 23:01:00

New analysis by Harvard economist shows EU carbon market costly, ineffective WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, as the Senate contemplates whether now is the time to act on climate proposals, the U.S. Climate Task Force released a new analysis of how Europe's cap-and-trade program has worked in practice. The report, "Europe's Emissions Trading System," by Harvard economist and international trade expert Richard Cooper, details how this approach has produced substantial...

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2010-06-11 06:00:00

The Earth is heading for a 5.4-degree Fahrenheit warming trend by the year 2100 despite promises to curb carbon emissions, according to a study released during UN talks on Thursday. Bill Hare of Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), said there is a "virtual certainty" that global warming will exceed 2.7 F by 2100. It could very likely exceed 3.6 F and there's a "more than 50-percent chance of exceeding 5.4 F by 2100." Nearly 120 countries have signed up to take...

2010-06-10 05:00:00

JOHANNESBURG, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Lemnis Lighting(TM), through its South African subsidiary Lemnis Lighting Africa, has been selected by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in liaison with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Department of Energy, Department of Tourism, Central Energy Fund, Eskom and the Local Organizing Committee, to be a key contributor in helping to offset the carbon emissions generated as a result of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The DEA's...

2010-06-09 09:24:00

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of 24 trade associations representing a broad range of employers that provide jobs to millions of Americans is urging U.S. senators to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from going around Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The group has sent a letter to all senators urging them to support Senate Joint Resolution 26, a bipartisan measure introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The...

2010-06-08 13:07:00

BONN, Germany, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow: The climate talks are back, this time in Bonn, Germany, where the UN is having a tough time escaping the aftermath of its failed negotiations in Copenhagen. De Boer left with only a "muffin" "The three layers of the cake collapsed and we were left with a muffin" is how UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer described the Copenhagen talks. De Boer will be exiting...

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2010-05-26 11:04:58

The first new projections of future aircraft emissions in 10 years predicts that carbon dioxide and other gases from air traffic will become a significant source of global warming as they double or triple by 2050. The study is in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Bethan Owen and colleagues note that aviation is not now one of the main drivers of global warming, with international aviation (source of 60 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft) not...

2010-05-13 15:00:00

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Alone Should Not Require Clean Air Act Permitting ARLINGTON, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final rule on Clean Air Act permitting for greenhouse gases (GHGs), also known as the 'tailoring rule.' Additional information is available at http://www.epa.gov. American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement: "We are extraordinarily concerned about...

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2010-05-12 12:55:00

The U.S. Senate has taken up legislation on the first-ever nationwide system to battle climate change after nearly a year-long delay. Senator John Kerry and Senator Joe Lieberman will unveil legislation to force cuts in carbon emissions, which scientists say are putting the Earth at risk through rising temperatures. In June last year The House of Representatives passed its own bill that would cut U.S. carbon emissions 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels - a landmark step in the only major...