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Climate & Energy

26 Sep 2012

More than 100 million people will die, global growth to be cut, if the world fails to tackle climate change

It said the effects of climate change had lowered global output by 1.6 percent of world GDP, or by about $1.2 trillion a year, and losses could double to 3.2 percent of global GDP by 2030 if global temperatures are allowed to rise, surpassing 10 percent before 2100

25 Sep 2012

Conservatives urge House Speaker to nix wind tax credit

Forty-seven Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing Speaker John Boehner to eliminate the wind production tax credit, a tax break that has split Republicans and drawn criticism from presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

25 Sep 2012

Renewables share of Denmark’s power tops 40 pct

The increase in wind power’s share in 2011 was due partly to a nearly 4 percent rise in Denmark’s installed wind turbines capacity, to 3.95 gigawatts, and due partly to good conditions for wind power generation, the agency’s data showed.

25 Sep 2012

BASIC group calls for adoption of “Kyoto 2” in Doha

Ministers from Brazil, India, China and South Africa called for an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s only treaty that forces countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which expires at the end of the year.

25 Sep 2012

Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car

Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands.

25 Sep 2012

Senate votes to shield US airlines from EU’s carbon scheme

The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would shield U.S. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on European flights, pressuring the European Union to back down from applying its emissions law to foreign carriers.

24 Sep 2012

Planes of the future could fly on sawdust or straw

Passenger jets could be chomping on straw or flying on fuel extracted from sawdust in coming years as the search widens for cleaner alternatives to kerosene, French scientists say.

21 Sep 2012

Exclusive: As China leads in the Arctic, Iceland’s president looks to U.S.

“I find it almost a wakeup call for the rest of the world to reflect on why it is that my small country, an island in the north Atlantic, is now so actively engaged with China that I have almost every year a meeting with either the prime minister or president of China,” Grimsson said in a Reuters interview.

21 Sep 2012

Exclusive: Smoothing industry’s Arctic path, an Alaska native reaches out

The emphasis is on listening to those who live in the Arctic, who may have special expertise in survival in this harsh and changing climate, Norton said. “They understand weather, kindness, love, humor,” she said. “If you don’t have basic understanding of that, you’re not going to get very far.”

19 Sep 2012

Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was an urgent need to calculate risks of local pollutants such as soot, or “black carbon”, in the Arctic. Soot darkens ice, making it soak up more of the sun’s heat and quickening a melt.