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2006-08-29 17:10:00

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The World Bank put together on Tuesday the largest greenhouse gas deal ever, where European and Asian companies and others will pay two Chinese chemical companies $1.02 billion to reduce output of gases believed to cause global warming. In the deal, European and Asian companies bound by the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol to tackle climate change, will pay the Chinese chemical companies to reduce and destroy emissions of HFC23, a heat-trapping gas 11,700 times...

2006-08-15 17:57:02

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seven northeastern U.S. states said on Tuesday they had agreed on a model rule that would create the country's first market for heat-trapping carbon dioxide by curbing emissions at power plants. The agreement, called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, is relatively weak compared to the European Trading Scheme, the emissions trading program set up by the European Union to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming....

2006-07-10 15:48:40

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey's Meadowlands has become the latest U.S. region to buck the Bush administration by agreeing to greenhouse gas emissions goals outlined by an international pact on global warming. The Meadowlands, a region of swamps near New York City studded by landfills and crisscrossed by superhighways, adopted on Monday the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals outlined by the Kyoto Protocol, which went into force in 2005. President George W....

2006-06-26 09:54:38

By Gerard Wynn LONDON (Reuters) - Washington cannot rule out joining any successor to the UN's Kyoto Protocol for curbing global warming beyond 2012, despite pulling out of the original treaty, the U.S. chief climate negotiator said on Monday. President George W. Bush withdrew the United States from Kyoto in 2001, saying its caps on greenhouse gases would cost jobs and that poor nations were wrongly excluded until 2012. "I never rule anything out," Harlan Watson told Reuters during...

2006-06-26 08:03:17

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The United States -- the world's richest and most polluting nation -- has a moral duty to take the lead in tackling catastrophic global warming, instead of denying it is happening, a leading scientist said on Monday. Addressing a meeting of international climate scientists and policymakers, John Houghton, a former senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said urgent action was imperative. "If only the U.S. administration...

2006-06-26 07:46:02

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The United States -- the world's richest and most polluting nation -- has a moral duty to take the lead in tackling catastrophic global warming, instead of denying it is happening, a leading scientist said on Monday. Addressing a meeting of international climate scientists and policymakers, John Houghton, a former senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said urgent action was imperative. "If only the U.S. administration...

2006-06-21 15:02:15

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Many countries may be grossly underestimating the quantity of greenhouse gases they emit according to a new method of monitoring output, scientists said on Wednesday. The new "top-down" system measures the actual amount of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere, compared with the traditional "bottom-up" method which estimates what is likely to be produced on the ground. The findings, still the subject of scientific debate,...

2006-06-21 15:00:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Many countries may be grossly underestimating the quantity of greenhouse gases they emit according to a new method of monitoring output, scientists said on Wednesday. The new "top-down" system measures the actual amount of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere, compared with the traditional "bottom-up" method which estimates what is likely to be produced on the ground. The findings, still the subject of scientific debate, could...

2006-06-21 13:02:30

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Many countries may be grossly underestimating the quantity of climate-warming gasses they emit according to a new way of monitoring greenhouse gas output, scientists said on Wednesday. The new "top-down" system measures the actual amount of gases like carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere as opposed to the more traditional "bottom-up" method which estimates what is likely to be produced on the ground. The findings, still a subject of...

2006-06-09 02:55:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- A U.N. scheme to promote renewable energy use in poor nations is growing sharply and will axe emissions of greenhouse gases by more than a billion metric tonnes by 2012, the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Friday. It said that the program, part of the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol meant to combat global warming by curbing fossil fuel use, has more than 800 projects such as wind farms in India or power plants burning sugar cane waste in...