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2009-02-12 14:12:48

A leading scientist said on Thursday that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are hitting new highs, providing no indication that the world economic downturn is curbing industrial emissions, Reuters reported. Kim Holmen, research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute, said the measurements taken by a Stockholm University project on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard off north Norway are in line with the long-term trend. Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas emitted from human...

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2009-02-12 09:43:25

Georgia Tech study shows hybrid vehicles and higher density cities could eliminate future growth of CO2 emissions from autos A Georgia Tech City and Regional Planning study on climate change, published February 10, 2009 online by Environmental Science and Technology, shows that "smart growth" combined with the use of hybrid vehicle technology could reduce cities' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions "“ the principal driver of global warming "“ significantly by 2050. According to Brian...

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2009-02-10 10:30:00

A coalition of lawmakers, corporate chiefs and environmentalists said on Monday that the United States needs to take the lead in preserving tropical forests in the fight against climate change, Reuters reported. Members of the Avoided Deforestation Partners coalition told a Capitol Hill forum that deforestation accounts for 20 percent of the carbon emissions that spur global warming. New legislation on climate change is expected some time this year, as Congress seeks new policies that will...

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2009-02-09 14:10:00

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, hopes that President Barack Obama will attend next month's climate change summit,  and that his presence would confirm a "sea change" in the United States' environmental policy, U.N. officials said. According to several international diplomats, Ban plans to invite President Obama and the leaders of several other nations to New York next month for a "mini summit" on climate change ahead of high-level meetings in London on the global...

2009-01-28 16:27:00

The European Union is calling on developed nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020, officials said Wednesday. The EU is asking all but the poorest developing countries to limit growth in their collective emissions, the EU Observer reported Wednesday. The European Commission proposal includes plans to create a carbon market with wealthy nations by 2015. The plan calls for poorer countries to be added to the market by 2020. The current EU emissions trading system allows...

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2009-01-28 15:45:00

Former Vice President Al Gore testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, warning lawmakers not to let the recession prevent urgent measures needed to fight global warming.  The Nobel Peace Prize winner urged Congress to pass President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package as a first step toward bringing emissions of greenhouse gases under control.  Gore also called for "decisive action" on legislation to cap heat-trapping gases, saying such a law is...

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2009-01-20 14:36:42

A scientist with the World Agroforestry Center called for new grazing practices among farmers as an effective way to fight global climate change while improving farm productivity. Andreas Wilkes told Reuters that simple changes could help soak up millions of tons of carbon each year, adding that they should be adopted by the United Nations as part of a way for farmers to earn carbon credits as incentives to pay for a needed change in practices. Wilkes said new methods, including replanting...

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2009-01-15 13:46:43

The transport sector is facing strong pressure to launch aggressive initiatives aimed at drastically reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. Representatives of twenty-two nations met in Tokyo on Thursday to take part in a discussion on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "“ over 20 percent of which are caused by the transportation sector. Transport ministers, including those from large polluters in the United States, China and India, took part in the...

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2009-01-14 14:31:22

The Worldwatch Institute released a new report on Tuesday that advises sweeping changes must be made to limit global emissions by 2050. In its report, titled "State of the World 2009: Into A Warming World," authors say that even a small increase of up to 3.6 degrees F in global temperatures could result in dangerous threats to natural systems. In order to avoid these threats, the report says that world carbon emissions will have to drop to near zero by 2050 and "go negative" after that....

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2009-01-07 11:52:49

Japan is set to launch its Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) this month in an effort to monitor the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane around the world. Slated to launch using the H-2A rocket on January 21, GOSAT is also known as Ibuki, which is Japanese for "breath" because the satellite will track how the Earth exhales greenhouse gases in 56,000 locations around the world. It will orbit at an altitude of 666 kilometers above the Earth. There were only 282 land-based...