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News: Archive for September, 2009

Census reveals extinction threat | BBC NEWS

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

‘Almost 10% of the World’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are at risk of extinction, says an Australian report.

The animals face threats including habitat loss and climate change.’

via BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Census reveals extinction threat.

Scientists Find Successful Way To Reduce Bat Deaths At Wind Turbines

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

‘Scientists at the University of Calgary have found a way to reduce bat deaths from wind turbines by up to 60 percent without significantly reducing the energy generated from the wind farm.’

via Scientists Find Successful Way To Reduce Bat Deaths At Wind Turbines.

Clean tech investments soar worldwide: report | Reuters

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

‘SAN FRANCISCO Reuters – Global investment in clean technology roared back in the third quarter, driven by solar power and a public offering that underscores growing enthusiasm for the sector, Greentech Media reported on Monday.’

via Clean tech investments soar worldwide: report | Green Business | Reuters.

Promises? Leaders must act to spur climate talks | Reuters

Monday, September 28th, 2009

‘WASHINGTON Reuters – World leaders pledged last week to step up efforts to reach a U.N. deal to fight climate change, but they will have to match rhetoric with rapid action to break a crippling deadlock before a December deadline.

via Promises? Leaders must act to spur climate talks | Green Business | Reuters.

New Analysis Brings Dire Global Warming Prediction – washingtonpost.com

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

‘Climate researchers now predict the planet will warm by 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century even if the world’s leaders fulfill their most ambitious climate pledges, a much faster and broader scale of change than forecast just two years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program.’

via New Analysis Brings Dire Global Warming Prediction – washingtonpost.com.

Recession slows U.S. wind power growth rate | Reuters

Friday, September 25th, 2009

‘LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States will add 6,000 megawatts in wind power this year, down nearly 30 percent from last year as the credit crisis slowed expansion of the renewable energy source, an industry group said on Thursday.’

via Recession slows U.S. wind power growth rate | Green Business | Reuters.

U.N. climate summit dims hopes for Copenhagen pact | Reuters

Friday, September 25th, 2009

OSLO/LONDON Reuters – A summit of world leaders has dimmed hopes for a strong new U.N. climate pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen in December, with details looking ever more likely to be left for 2010.

via U.N. climate summit dims hopes for Copenhagen pact | Green Business | Reuters.

China and U.S. try to jumpstart U.N. climate talks | Green Business | Reuters

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

‘UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China laid out a plan to curb carbon emissions by 2020 and U.S. President Barack Obama called on all nations to act now to tackle global warming, as world leaders tried to inject momentum into climate change talks.’

via China and U.S. try to jumpstart U.N. climate talks | Green Business | Reuters.

NASA data: Greenland, Antarctic ice melt worsening

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

‘These new measurements, based on 50 million laser readings from a NASA satellite, confirm what some of the more pessimistic scientists thought: The melting along the crucial edges of the two major ice sheets is accelerating and is in a self-feeding loop. The more the ice melts, the more water surrounds and eats away at the remaining ice.’

via NASA data: Greenland, Antarctic ice melt worsening.

Obama’s remarks to the United Nations Climate Conference

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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Obama spoke before the United Nations Climate Conference today, reaffirming his commitment to strong action on climate change, and calling for coordinated international efforts and an agreement in Copenhagen,

“Each of us must do what we can when we can to grow our economies without endangering our planet — and we must all do it together. We must seize the opportunity to make Copenhagen a significant step forward in the global fight against climate change.”

The President clearly acknowleging the historicial responsibility of the developed nations for existing green house gas emissions, even mentioning the United States by name, while adding, “But those rapidly-growing developing nations that will produce nearly all the growth in global carbon emissions in the decades ahead must do their part as well.”

“What we are seeking, after all, is not simply an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. We seek an agreement that will allow all nations to grow and raise living standards without endangering the planet. By developing and disseminating clean technology and sharing our know-how, we can help developing nations leap-frog dirty energy technologies and reduce dangerous emissions.”