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House Climate Bill Attempts To Please Competing Interests

Washington Post: House Democrats introduced an ambitious climate bill yesterday aimed at pleasing both environmental and business interests, even as Senate leaders acknowledged that the party faces serious challenges in trying to pass a carbon limit in the near future. The 648-page "discussion draft," crafted by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman (Calif.) and Rep. Edward J. Markey (Mass.), chairman of the subcommittee on energy and the environment, would create the first federal …

Rainforests may pump winds worldwide

New Scientist: THE acres upon acres of lush tropical forest in the Amazon and tropical Africa are often referred to as the planet’s lungs. But what if they are also its heart? This is exactly what a couple of meteorologists claim in a controversial new theory that questions our fundamental understanding of what drives the weather. They believe vast forests generate winds that help pump water around the planet. If correct, the theory would explain how the deep interiors of forested continents get as …

Huge surge of lobbyists for climate change

San Francisco Chronicle: House Democrats opened the congressional debate on climate change Tuesday by unveiling an ambitious plan to boost renewable energy and simultaneously slash domestic greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent over the next decade. And California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is poised to lead the fight in the Senate. But the new focus on climate change in the nation’s capital has been accompanied by another kind of change: an explosion of lobbyists trying to influence the final shape of …

Airlines fear failure of global climate talks

Agence France-Presse: Major airlines warned on Wednesday that failure to agree a global approach to emissions trading in climate change talks could hurt their industry by leading to increased taxes and regulation. "I think Copenhagen is very important for the airline industry, we must play our part," British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said at a conference in Geneva, referring to the UN’s climate change talks in Copenhagen in December. "If we don’t see progress at Copenhagen, I think the …

United Kingdom: Ministers delay introducing major assessment of carbon emissions

Herald: Scottish Government ministers have delayed introducing a major assessment exercise intended to monitor the environmental impact of key transport policies and help cut emissions. The Herald has learned that the Carbon Balance Sheet, which will assess emissions caused by all major transport projects and programmes over the last five years and was due to be published by 2008, is now not expected to be ready until the end of 2010. The revelation has sparked an angry response from …

Hundreds of protesters set up ‘climate camp’

Press Association: Hundreds of people today set up a "climate camp" in the City of London to protest against economic measures which they say will not tackle climate change. Live from our man at the Bank of England protest Jerome Taylor: Live with the climate change protestors Protests at ‘cradle of the crunch’ Demonstrations turn violent Protesters who had gathered in small groups around the City descended on carbon trading body the European Climate Exchange on Bishopsgate, shutting off a …

United Kingdom: Green buildings pulling in premium rents

Business Green: There is a clear correlation between those buildings that boast a high Energy Star rating and those commanding rental premiums, according to a new study of US commercial properties that backs up anecdotal evidence suggesting firms are willing to pay more for energy efficient properties. The study, commissioned by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and carried out by researchers from Maastricht University and the University of California, Berkeley, is thought to be the …

United Kingdom: Tesco invites customers to dump unnecessary packaging

Business Green: Tesco has today announced plans for a trial scheme that will effectively encourage customers to leave unwanted and excessive packaging at the check out. Mirroring the high profile Women’s Institute campaign launched back in 2005, which asked shoppers to leave packaging they regarded as unnecessary in store, the pilot scheme will be undertaken for six weeks at Tesco Extra stores in Guildford and Ilminster. Tesco said the trial would form part of a wider research project designed …

Canada: Oil sands company now says 1,606 ducks died

Associated Press: Eleven hundred more ducks died after landing on a toxic waste pond in northern Alberta last year than was originally estimated, a Canadian oil sands official acknowledged Tuesday. The carcasses of 1,606 ducks were collected from the oily waters, compared to the 500 originally counted, Syncrude Canada chief executive Tom Katinas said. The deaths of the mallards last April drew widespread attention and prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to lament that Canada’s international …

Analysis: Dems punt hard choices on Obama budget

Associated Press: President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in Congress are taking only baby steps with his budget, putting off crucial decisions on his ambitious plans to expand health care, curb global warming and raise taxes on the wealthy. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both Bushes all got far stronger assists from Congress on their first budgets. Nonetheless, Obama, is counting on votes approving budget outlines this week to give him some semblance of momentum. "If we don’t …