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News: Archive for November, 2009

The Road to Copenhagen – A Harvester of Trees Offers to Save an Indonesian Forest – Series –

Monday, November 30th, 2009

‘TELUK MERANTI, Indonesia — From the air, the Kampar Peninsula in Indonesia stretches for mile after mile in dense scrub and trees. One of the world’s largest peat swamp forests, it is also one of its biggest vaults of carbon dioxide, a source of potentially lucrative currency as world governments struggle to hammer out a global climate treaty. The vault, though, is leaking.’

via The Road to Copenhagen – A Harvester of Trees Offers to Save an Indonesian Forest – Series –

China announces targets on carbon emission cuts \ English Xinhua

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) — The State Council announced Thursday that China is going to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent compared with the level of 2005.’

via China announces targets on carbon emission cuts_English_Xinhua.

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Copenhagen Trip

Friday, November 27th, 2009

‘Government officials and commentators welcomed Mr. Obama’s presence as an important signal that the United States was finally becoming serious about tackling climate change. But many of them expressed disappointment that the president would only spend one day day at the conference.’

via New York Times / Green Inc.

China unveils carbon target for Copenhagen deal / Reuters

Friday, November 27th, 2009

‘BEIJING (Reuters) – China unveiled its first firm target to curb greenhouse gas emissions on Thursday, a carbon intensity goal that Premier Wen Jiabao will take to a summit in Copenhagen next month hoping to aid a global climate deal.’

via Reuters/Green Business

Obama vows greenhouse gas emissions cuts

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

‘President Barack Obama is to pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the US in several stages, beginning with a 17% cut by 2020, the White House has said.’

Via BBC News

Smaller glaciers more vulnerable to climate change: Study – Global Warming – The Times of India

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

‘NEW DELHI: Smaller Himalayan glaciers are proving much more vulnerable to climate change than the area’s larger glaciers, says a new report contradicting the recent environment ministry backed study which claimed that glacier melting can’t be linked to global warming.’

via Smaller glaciers more vulnerable to climate change: Study – Global Warming – Environment – Home – The Times of India.

US downplays climate change talks at Copenhagen

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

‘Washington: With a UN-sponsored climate conference in Copenhagen just weeks away, the White House is acknowledging that getting binding agreement for cutting greenhouse gases at the Summit is very unlikely.’

via US downplays climate change talks at Copenhagen.

New Voices on Climate Change –

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

‘In September, the World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations agency based in Geneva, anointed television weather presenters as climate emissaries, highlighting the role they could play in communicating evidence and information about global warming directly to viewers.’

via Green Inc. Column – New Voices on Climate Change –

Norway opens world's first osmotic power plant | Reuters

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

‘TOFTE, Norway Reuters – Norway opened on Tuesday the world’s first osmotic power plant, which produces emissions-free electricity by mixing fresh water and sea water through a special membrane.’

via Norway opens world’s first osmotic power plant | Green Business | Reuters.

This year 'in top five warmest'

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

‘This year will be one of the top five warmest years globally since records began 150 years ago, according to figures compiled by the Met Office.’

Via BBC news