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Calif. standard could lead way on fuel economy

Detroit Free Press: Future federal fuel-economy standards would have to match the global-warming gas reductions of California’s controversial limits on cars and trucks under a draft energy and climate-change bill unveiled Monday by House Democrats. The bill, spearheaded by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., would also preserve California’s power to set new standards on vehicle emissions — a key contention for automakers and dealers pressing for a single national …

United Kingdom: Protests at ‘cradle of the crunch’

Independent: Some will dress as clowns, others will wear masks, some will even be carrying their own environmentally friendly compost lavatories. But all are intent on bringing chaos to London. After days of speculation and intensive planning, central London is bracing itself for 48 hours of protests and chaos as thousands of demonstrators from a plethora of different causes descend upon the city for the start of the G20 meeting of world leaders. Anti-capitalists, social justice groups, …

Indonesia should drop forest carbon credit plan: Greenpeace

Agence France-Presse: Environmental group Greenpeace called on Indonesia Wednesday to drop plans to tackle global climate change with credits for preserving forests, saying the measure could destroy carbon markets. The Southeast Asian nation, a key backer of "avoided deforestation" measures that would award tradeable carbon credits for conservation, should abandon the plan in favour of funds to preserve forests, campaigner Bustar Maitar said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should use meetings on …

Air industry chiefs call for global emissions deal

Reuters: Aviation leaders called on Monday for a global carbon emissions scheme for their industry, arguing that an emerging patchwork of regional and national systems could bring more, not less, environmental damage. The call, from airlines, plane and engine manufacturers, air traffic control organizations and airports, was twinned with a pledge to push ahead rapidly to achieve widespread use of biofuels on commercial flights. Delegates at a two-day "Aviation and Environment" …

United Kingdom: G20 protests hit the capital

Politics.co.uk: The capital will be hit be several simultaneous protests today, as demonstrators make their anger felt at the leaders flying into the UK for the G20 summit. The main hot spot is expected to be around the Bank of England, where anarchists and anti-capitalists are gathering from around midday. Four separate marches will meet in the area, starting out from Liverpool Street, Moorgate, London Bridge and Cannon Street. At the same time, Climate Camp are planning to erect a …

Call to halt falling Oz food productivity

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Australia’s food productivity is declining along with agricultural r&d, undermining the country’s ability to help feed the world, says one expert. In the current issue of Australasian Science, agricultural economist Dr John Mullen, says the pattern is reflected in other developed countries such as the US and UK. "I’m pretty concerned about what’s happening," says Mullen, an adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University. "We’ve got to feed another 3 billion people in …

Canada: Oil sands development: A health risk worth taking?

Environmental Health Perspectives: As traditional petroleum supplies dwindled and prices soared over the past few years, oil companies have shifted their attention to oil sands, a mix of sand, water, and a heavy, viscous hydrocarbon called bitumen that can be converted to oil. With the plunge in oil prices in fall 2008, many producers began canceling or postponing plans to expand oil sands development projects, but this turn of events could yet reverse, as Canada’s vast oil sands deposits are lauded as a secure source of …

United Kingdom: NGOs slam emissions trading policy

Business Green: The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is in urgent need of tighter caps on carbon emissions if it is to deliver even modest reductions in Europe’s long-term carbon footprint, NGOs warned the Environmental Audit Committee yesterday. The scheme — which puts a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide firms are allowed emit and requires them to purchase carbon allowances to cover emissions above that cap, in Europe — has been heavily criticised in recent months as falling levels of …

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 …

Australia: Concerns for jarrah welcomed

West Australian: Green groups have welcomed calls for more scrutiny of climate change effects on WA’s eastern jarrah forests. Conservation Commission chairman John Bailey raised the possibility of more logging curbs in releasing the forest watchdog’s audit of the 2004-13 forest management plan on Monday. The report called for renewed focus on the eastern jarrah forest around Dwellingup and Collie because of the commission’s fears that declining rainfall was slowing …