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Carbon market’s future hangs in the balance

LONDON (Reuters) – The future of global carbon markets is finely poised as recession threatens the political will to shoulder costs but New Zealand, Australia and Japan follow Europe with their own cap and trade schemes.

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China issues post-Kyoto plans on climate change

The clean development mechanism (CDM) should continue to be implemented even after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol expires, says a white paper on China’s policies on climate change.
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Green conference solutions reduce carbon footprint

Conference solutions provider Polycom is assisting companies to go green by providing technologically advanced video conferencing solutions.
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B.C. Liberal members push back on carbon tax

Delegates to the B.C. Liberal Party convention voted strongly Friday to investigate a “rural living tax credit” that would offset the cost of the province’s carbon tax for people who face longer travel distances and colder winters.
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Study: Biotechnology reduces carbon footprint of milk by 9 percent

Dairy farmers have focused on preserving their natural resources to sustain their way of life for generations. Recently at the World Dairy Expo, dairy farmers – often overlooked as environmentalists – learned how biotechnology is maximizing their focus on resource conservation and making the dairy industry even greener.
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  • Published: Oct 31st, 2008
  • Category: Asia
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UAE Govts Initiatives for Zero

ABU DHABI – All the countries should look at zero carbon programme, green building construction and sustainable development to be ready for any climate change, stated Dr Elizabeth Ness, an environmentalist and sustainable development expert.
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  • Published: Oct 31st, 2008
  • Category: USA
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Carbon trades offer new cashflow

The head of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association has resigned his position to venture down a new road, but he’s not leaving family foresters in the dust.
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Farmers in the dark on carbon plan impacts

Australian farmers are still no closer to understanding the full impacts of the Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme on the agriculture sector following the release of the Treasury modelling, according to the National Farmers’ Federation.
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  • Published: Oct 31st, 2008
  • Category: Canada, Top Stories
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Adjust carbon tax to lift burden on poor, think-tank says

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s controversial new carbon tax places an unfair burden on low-income families and needs to be reworked, according to a report released yesterday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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Carbon footprint standard launched

Businesses will be able to more accurately measure the carbon footprint of their goods and services with a new standard launched by BSI British Standards, the Carbon Trust and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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  • Published: Oct 31st, 2008
  • Category: UK
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Carbon footprint of sugar revealed

British Sugar has become the first sugar business to certify the carbon footprint of its granulated sugar using the government’s new PAS 2050 standard.
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Families to be slugged A$360 a year for carbon emissions

FAMILIES will be slugged $360 extra a year in bills and food prices are expected to jump once the Federal Government introduces an emissions trading scheme.
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China hopes for step-by-step progress of low carbon economy

BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Developing the Low Carbon Economy (LCE), a strategic option to cope with global warming, should follow a step-by-step pattern in accordance with a country’s situation, China’s Vice Environment Minister Zhou Jian said here Thursday.
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Carbon capture peddles win innovation award

A UK university has won an award for its carbon capture technology. The University of Greenwich has won a Times Higher Education Award for an innovation which turns contaminated land into harmless material.
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Qwest Takes Big Steps to Measure Carbon Footprint as Founding Member of the Climate Registry

DENVER, Oct 30, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Qwest Communications International Inc.chas joined The Climate Registry as a founding member, and in so doing has committed to calculate, independently verify and publicly report its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across North America.
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Press Release: New Shipping Company Cuts Carbon Emissions by 30%

Update Nov 24, 2008 – Read the Interview with the CEO here.

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Carbon trading data to be released

Economic modelling to be released by the Treasury on Thursday shows emissions trading will not hurt industry or the economy, the government says.
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  • Published: Oct 29th, 2008
  • Category: India
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Take sale-buyback route for CERs, cos advised

MUMBAI: Amid fears that a global recession may impact the carbon credit market, consultants are advising Indian companies sale and buyback of certified emission reductions (CERs) through forward transactions.
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Carbon markets take hit as oil plunges

The carbon markets resilience in the face of the global financial crisis has collapsed in the last week with sharp falls in prices for the leading carbon instruments.
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  • Published: Oct 29th, 2008
  • Category: UK
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UK industries to be forced to cut CO2 emissions

British industries will be forced to make larger cuts in their carbon emissions due to the inclusion of aviation in new laws to stop climate change, it has been claimed. The Climate Change Bill will commit the UK to cutting greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050.
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Carbon Sciences Announces Prototype Plan for CO2-to-Fuel Technology

Carbon Sciences Inc. (OTCBB: CABN), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into gasoline and other fuels, today announced that it anticipates the completion of a prototype that will demonstrate its innovative biocatalytic CO2 to fuel process by Q1 2009.
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EU carmakers closer to CO2 loans

The European Union (EU) has backed the possibility of granting carmakers on the continent loans at attractive rates in the wake of the economic downturn.
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Carbon financing scheme can boost farming, reduce global warming

Agricultural experts met today to discuss how the sector can tap into the billions of dollars available every year under the United Nations-sponsored Kyoto Protocol

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Worlds first carbon exchange traded commodity to launch on LSE

Investors will be able to access the rapidly growing carbon futures market later this week with the launch of the worlds first carbon exchange traded commodity (ETC) on the London Stock Exchange.
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Press Release: HSBC special adviser Nicholas Stern shares vision of low-carbon economy

Lord Nicholas Stern, the Special Adviser to the HSBC Group Chairman on Economic Development and Climate Change, is in Hong Kong to meet HSBC executives and customers as well as the public to outline a vision of a low-carbon economy and the new business opportunities it brings.
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