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Democrats up ante with draft US climate bill

Business Green: The race to develop a US climate change bill entered a new phase yesterday with the release of a discussion draft bill from the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would set even more ambitious emission reduction targets than those being proposed by Barack Obama. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which has been put forward by senior House Democrats Henry A. Waxman and Edward J. Markey, sets out plans for a nationwide cap-and-trade scheme designed to deliver cuts in …

Congress Launches Opening Gambits on Global Warming

Time Magazine: The House produced a long-awaited bill to regulate 85% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, anteing up for what promises to be long, high-stakes negotiations with the Senate and business groups alarmed at the $1 trillion price tag that some estimate such an effort could entail. The effects of the already-intense lobbying around the issue were being felt across the Capitol, where the Senate the same afternoon passed by an overwhelming margin an amendment resolving that any energy legislation …

US climate moves encouraging but relatively small: EU

Agence France-Presse: A US plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions is "very encouraging", EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said Wednesday, while admitting it falls far short of Europe’s plans. "This is really very encouraging," Dimas told reporters in Brussels as he unveiled a report on how Europe should adapt to climate change. "I am even more optimistic in getting an agreement in Copenhagen" in December at key global talks on battling climate change, he added. The US House of …

6,000 Rare Dolphins Found in South Asia

LiveScience: A huge population of rare dolphins threatened by climate change and fishing nets has been discovered in South Asia. Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society estimate that nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, marine mammals that are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans mangrove forest and adjacent waters of the Bay of Bengal. There has been hardly any marine mammal research done in this area up to this …

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 …

Germany clears way for climate change hope CCS

Agence France-Presse: The German government cleared the way on Wednesday for pilot projects to test the viability of siphoning off carbon dioxide churned out by coal power stations and storing it deep underground. The technology, known as Carbon Storage and Sequestration (CCS), aims to store the CO2 in geological chambers such as disused oilfields, rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming. Supporters say that with the large majority of the world’s …

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: 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 …

Rich urged to make deeper CO2 cuts

Reuters: China, India and other developing nations joined forces on Wednesday to urge rich countries to make far deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than planned by 2020 to slow global warming. Many developing states at 175-country talks in Bonn, working on a new U.N. climate pact, urged the rich to cut emissions by "at least 40 percent" below 1990 levels by 2020 to confront what they said were worsening signs of climate change. The calls, part of negotiations on a new U.N. climate …

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 …