Category Archives: general

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 …

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 …

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 …

World’s top businesses call for green G20 deal

Business Green: Political leaders may have spent much of this week downplaying expectations of a meaningful climate change deal at tomorrow’s G20 summit, but that did not stop over 50 of the world’s largest businesses joining forces yesterday to call for a larger chunk of proposed global stimulus packages to be earmarked for low carbon initiatives. In an open letter to Gordon Brown and the G20 leaders gathered in London this week, the new World Economic Forum low carbon prosperity task force calls on …

Brazilian forest conservationist Silva wins Norway prize

Reuters: Brazilian senator and former environment minister Marina Silva won Norway’s $100,000 Sophie Prize for her work to protect the Amazon rainforest, the prize foundation announced on Wednesday. The Sophie Prize is awarded annually for environmental protection and sustainable development. It was set up in 1997 by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and is named after the main character of his book "Sophie’s World." Silva, who was environment minister in 2003-2008, clamped down on …

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 …

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 …

United Kingdom: Boris Johnson to slash London environmental team in half

Business Green: The team in charge of London’s bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase recycling and biodiversity is to be cut in half in a major shake-up that calls into question the commitment to the environment of the mayor, Boris Johnson. Leaked documents seen by The Guardian show that the Greater London Authority plans to reduce the total number of 40 staff working on environmental issues in the capital to 20. The cuts will reduce the climate change and energy team from 10 to three, …

Study finds 6,000 rare Irrawaddy dolphins off Bangladesh

Independent: Thousands of rare Irrawaddy dolphins have been found in Bangladeshi waters, a wildlife advocacy group said today, a hopeful sign for a vulnerable species found only in small numbers elsewhere. However, the newly discovered population is already threatened by climate change and fishing nets, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said. Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, which are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’s …

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 …