Latest Kyoto Protocol Stories

2009-05-27 05:50:00

The world's largest carbon polluters made progress in talks on Tuesday on how to help poor nations that may be dramatically affected by climate change. The Major Economies Forum (MEF) made headway on a new global treaty that should be crafted in Copenhagen in December, senior officials said. "We made progress on a major subject, which is finance and financial architecture. It's not final, but one feels that there is a real consensus," said French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo. Todd...

2009-05-26 11:19:15

Executives from top "green" companies on Tuesday said governments must turn away from fossil fuels when they sign a new climate pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol in December, Reuters reported. They are calling for tough targets to slash carbon emissions. Executives from pro-green businesses issued a statement, welcomed by Denmark's Prime Minister, asking for aid to help clean technologies replace fossil fuels. Lars Lokke Rasmussen, prime minister of a country which gets a fifth of its power...

2009-05-23 08:24:13

An international medley of business leaders, scientists from a variety of fieldsn and politicians are scheduled to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday to discuss the role that industry can play in the fight against global climate change. The World Business Summit on Climate Change has assigned itself the challenging task of seeking out ways for world manufacturers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while remaining profitable in one of the bleakest economic environments that the world has...

2009-05-21 16:05:58

China will call on developed nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2020, according to a new position paper published ahead of global climate change negotiations scheduled for December in Copenhagen. However, China did not commit to any legally binding emissions cuts itself. "Developed countries shall undertake to reduce their GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in aggregate by at least 40 percent below their 1990 level by 2020," read the paper,...

2009-05-19 06:45:00

New Clinton Climate Initiative program to demonstrate economic, environmental strategies for sustainable urban growth DESTINY, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Destiny, Florida, America's first eco-sustainable city, was announced today as one among 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Program, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) program that will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are "climate positive." Climate...

2009-05-14 15:15:00

Representatives from over 70 nations at the World Ocean Conference in Indonesia are asking for oceans to be included on the agenda of global climate change talks aimed at finding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the AFP reported.Delegates want the issue to be included in crucial climate talks in Copenhagen in December, as an effort to reverse the impact of global warming on the oceans.Cuts in ocean pollution, funding for sustainable development in poor countries, greater research into how...

2009-05-13 06:33:31

According to an audit revealed on Tuesday, the Canadian government is failing to measure reductions in the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, as required by law. "We found that the government will be unable to determine actual emission reductions achieved for each of the measures in its plans," said Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan at a press conference. Vaughan added that Environment Canada has "overstated the expected reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for the 2008 to 2012 Kyoto...

2009-05-12 10:30:00

A new study has found that rising sea levels could wipe entire island nations off the map and displace millions of people, the AFP reported. Island countries issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that a global conservation plan is needed to protect their rare and unique ecological communities. Representatives speaking at the World Ocean Conference in Indonesia's Manado city warned that major emitters are pushing for greenhouse gas emissions cuts that are too low to prevent devastating sea...

2009-05-11 14:50:00

Most nations have submitted less-than-ambitious proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the months leading up to the UN convention on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Australia on Monday announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 while postponing its carbon emissions trading plans by a year to mid-2011. The country cited the ongoing economic recession in its decision. According to Reuters calculations, international plans amount to average reductions in...

2009-05-06 10:21:00

Joint statement highlights role of markets in promoting innovation, the most cost-effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the COMPETE Coalition today issued a joint statement and general principles in support of federal legislation enacting a uniform, economy-wide cap-and-trade program to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The joint statement emphasizes that market-based policies will...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.