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2011-01-26 12:13:23

Researchers examined data from 100 cities in 33 nations for clues about which were the biggest polluters and why, according to a report in the peer-reviewed journal Environment and Urbanization. Cities like New York, London and Shanghai send less pollution into the atmosphere per capita than places like Denver and Rotterdam, AFP reported. Cities across the world are blamed for around 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. However, urban dwellers who use public transport rather...

2011-01-06 13:56:27

Could swapping carbon emissions rather than trading them reduce climate change? Australian researchers have suggested that nations should abandon the concept of carbon emissions trading in favor of a carbon swap bank that might lead to genuine reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere and so provide a mechanism for reducing climate change. Details of the carbon swap bank are outlined in the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. Carbon...

2011-01-06 12:50:12

For global warming policy, the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen Summit) was a major disappointment. Designed to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, the Summit concluded without a binding agreement because of deep divisions on the distribution of emissions reductions and costs. In addition, the United States failed to take action on a carbon cap-and-trade bill in 2010. Confronting this policy vacuum, leading climate economist William...

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2010-12-29 07:30:00

The Japanese government decided Tuesday to put off the creation of a greenhouse gas emissions trading system until after the fiscal year 2013 in the face of strong resistance from the business world, a move that bodes ill for the country's efforts to combat global warming. The center-left government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan had planned to launch the system -- in which companies would essentially buy and sell 'licenses to pollute' -- starting in April 2013. But his environment and other...

2010-12-20 16:09:15

Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In respect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, shipping is the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport. However, if...

2010-12-13 11:01:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16), which concluded December 10 in Cancun, Mexico, the international aviation industry was recognized for its commitment and vision to address climate change. "We are an industry unlike any other sector," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "Few state delegations at last year's climate talks in Copenhagen were aware of...

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2010-12-12 09:10:00

Delegates at the UN climate summit in Cancun have reached an agreement to curb climate change, including a massive fund to aid developing countries. All participating nations endorsed the deal drawn up by the Mexican hosts, although Bolivia made some objections. The draft says deeper cuts in carbon emissions are needed, but do not establish a mechanism for achieving pledges made by countries. The Kyoto Protocol was a huge stumbling block for some countries that resisted it during the final...

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2010-12-10 12:30:00

Nations launched a diplomatic assault on Japan in hopes of softening its resistance to the Kyoto Protocol. About 20 world leaders are in line to phone Prime Minister Naoko Kan to ask for a change of stance on the issues discussed at this year's U.N. climate summit. Japan's position is seen as the single biggest barrier that is keeping nations from striking a deal. Japan is adamant it will not accept future cuts in carbon emissions under the 13-year-old Kyoto agreement. However, many...

2010-12-09 14:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- More than one month after voters soundly defeated a ballot measure that would have suspended California's efforts to address climate change indefinitely, new research shows that state's proposed emissions trading or cap-and-trade program will create minimal economic impact, and California voters are solidly behind (64 percent) implementing this new program. In anticipation of the California Air Resources Board (CARB)'s upcoming decision over a...

2010-12-08 00:00:42

The Center for International Environmental Law today announced that it will present the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of 42 small islands and low-lying coastal countries from all oceans and regions of the world, with CIEL's 2010 Frederick R. Anderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Addressing Climate Change. The award will be presented today in Cancun, Mexico in conjunction with the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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