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| Sourced From SeattlePi |

Carbon Tax vs. Cap and Trade
The best way to start addressing climate change is to yank subsidies from fossil fuels and put a price on carbon dioxide emissions from them. Of the two methods widely discussed for pricing carbon — cap and trade, and a carbon tax, which is better?

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Sydney’s fireworks a sensible green hue

| Sourced From The Canberra Times |

Sydney wants green to be the dominant colour in its New Year’s Eve fireworks and festivities to herald in 2009. Despite more than 5000kg of explosive devices being fired off during the $5million fireworks spectacular on the harbour, revellers won’t contribute to climate change.

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  • Published: Dec 30th, 2008
  • Category: India
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India, US cos join hands to electrify Bijlee research

| Sourced From The Economic Times |

NEW DELHI: Fancy owning cars painted with particles that will cool your vehicle drawing solar power and still not leave a trace of carbon in the air?
Or buildings that remain cool while consuming far less energy than they do now?

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Green Goal of ‘Carbon Neutrality’ Hits Limit

| Sourced From The WallStreet Journal |

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Computer giant Dell Inc. said this summer that it has become “carbon neutral,” the latest step in its quest to be “the greenest technology company on the planet.”

What that means, and what it doesn’t, may surprise Dell customers and other consumers who have been bombarded with bold environmental promises from major corporations.

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Positive Energy Raises $14M from NEA

| Sourced From The New York Times |

Positive Energy, a startup that makes software and analytics systems used by utilities to provide better smart meter services, has raised a $14 million round from New Enterprise Associates. The funding was reported by the Washington Business Journal and by VentureWire. (Update: The company confirmed the funding with us as well)

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Calls for ‘speed-limiting’ cars

| Sourced From BBC |

Speed-limiting devices should be fitted to cars on a voluntary basis to help save lives and cut carbon emissions, according to a new report.

The government’s transport advisers claim the technology would cut road accidents with injuries by 29%.

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Ford announces new self-parking technology

| Sourced From The Times of India |

NEW YORK: Sit back, relax and let your car parallel park itself, without a single scratch or ding to your bumper.

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  • Published: Dec 30th, 2008
  • Category: USA
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Will Airlines Lose Carbon Offset Cash?

| Sourced From BNET |

The fear of creating a bigger carbon footprint is making some ecoconscious consumers pay to minimize the environmental impacts of air travel. And while some airlines are offering these carbon offsets on plane flights for a price, other private companies are attempting to cash in at major airports.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport Experimenting with Carbon Capture Technology

| Sourced From Clean Technica |

Pretty soon, Liverpool John Lennon Airport will have more than just a cool namesake it will also have experimental carbon capture technology. The airport has teamed with UK-based start-up Origo Industries to launch a program that will capture CO2 emissions from the terminal building.

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Obama should increase federal gas tax or impose carbon tax

| Sourced From SeattlePi |

How many times do we have to see this play before we admit that it always ends the same way?

Which play? The one where gasoline prices go up, pressure rises for more fuel-efficient cars, then gasoline prices fall and the pressure for low-mileage vehicles vanishes, consumers stop buying those cars, the oil producers celebrate, we remain addicted to oil and prices gradually go up again, petro-dictators get rich, we lose. I’ve already seen this play three times in my life. Trust me: It always ends the same way — badly.

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Loughborough University to lead

| Sourced From Loughborough|

Loughborough University and the University of Reading are leading two separate groups, which will share

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  • Published: Dec 29th, 2008
  • Category: Asia
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Low-carbon lifestyle in China: fad or return to tradition?

| Sourced From People’s Daily Online |

Lin Hui always checks the small tag attached to clothing when he shops. He wants to see what kind of fabrics have been used.

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Coalition targets carbon policy gap

| Sourced From The Age |

THE Coalition will unveil a major policy on deforestation and agriculture in a renewed effort to take on the Rudd Government, which has faced wide-ranging criticism of its greenhouse targets and climate change policies.

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The climate diet: Your 10 step plan to cut carbon in 2009

| Sourced From Climate Change Corp |

Xanfeon’s Dr Michael Gell offers businesses 10 pointers to reduce emissions in 2009

2009 is going to be a pivotal year for businesses embracing carbon reduction initiatives. With the recent UK Climate Change Act committing to 80% cuts in emissions by 2050 and potential for the US to enact similar targets as the new administration takes office, now could be the right time for your business to make some New Years carbon resolutions.

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  • Published: Dec 29th, 2008
  • Category: USA
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The Net-Zero Carbon Tax

| Sourced From The Weekly Standard |

Rep. Bob Inglis and tax cut guru Arthur Laffer must be reading the Standard — their call for a carbon tax offset by reductions “in income or payroll taxes” dovetails nicely with our cover story this week. It’s an idea worth considering, especially if the offset is a reduction in the regressive and burdensome payroll tax.

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Rudd’s new carbon plan flawed: Ramsey

| Sourced From Stock Journal |

FEDERAL Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has attacked the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s carbon trading plan, announced last week.

While Mr Ramsey said he wass pleased the Federal Government government had “finally listened to the concerns of industry”, he said it would take some time for stakeholders to fully realise the impact of the Governments 800 page Emissions Trading Scheme report.

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Bring tree farmers into carbon markets, Icraf urges

| Sourced From The East African |

Despite their contribution to reducing carbon emissions there is still no agreement globally on how to enlist millions of smallholder farmers who grow trees on their farms in global efforts to fight climate change.

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  • Published: Dec 29th, 2008
  • Category: USA
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Strong defends approach to reducing carbon output

| Sourced From KTen |

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Thirty-two U.S. states are working to put together climate action plans to reduce their carbon emissions, but Oklahoma is not 1 of them.

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Carbon Limits, Yes; Energy Subsidies, No

| Sourced From The Wall Street Journal |

There isn’t much doubt that Congress and incoming President Barack Obama will try to impose some kind of limits on carbon emissions. The Republicans, girding in opposition, are denouncing global warming as a fraud, and claiming that either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system will impose an unacceptable burden on the economy.

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UPS Hydraulic Hybrids Shrink Delivery Carbon Footprint

| Sourced From Gas 2.0 |

UPS will deploy two new hydraulic hybrid vehicles (HHV) in Minneapolis during the first quarter of 2009. The additional five HHVs will be deployed later in 2009 and early 2010.
Millions of last minute shoppers used UPS to get their gifts delivered on time. Even the snow storms did not stop them. On December 22, I skipped the hour long line at the post office, which was open on Sunday, and instead shipped via UPS. I got my gifts to my brother on December 24.

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Erring on air

| Sourced From The Free Lance-Star |

IF THE BUSH administration cared about the air as much as it cares about the oceans, perhaps the EPA wouldn’t have set aside a rule that requires new power plants to limit carbon-dioxide emissions.

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Dion, Campbell felt sting of carbon tax

| Sourced From The Province |

Two words played a big role in politics in 2008 — carbon tax.

While the words may be environmentally correct, in an age of political correctness they are politically incorrect and dangerous.

Ask Stephane Dion.

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UN: CDM Increasing Emission-Saving Initiatives, Critics Disagree

| Sourced From Environmental Leader |

The United Nations claims that its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is causing an increase in emission-saving initiatives around the world, BusinessGreen reports.

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  • Published: Dec 28th, 2008
  • Category: USA
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Workshops set for carbon credit sign-up

| Sourced From The Independent |

GRAND ISLAND

A number of area communities will be among the 16 Nebraska communities hosting workshops on carbon credits for farm operators and landowners.

The workshops are being sponsored by AgraGate Climate Credits Corp. Chad Martin and Lowell Mesman, aggregation specialists for AgraGate, will present the sessions Jan. 5 through Jan. 9.

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Businesses reap carbon bonanza

| Sourced From The Sydney Morning Herald |

NSW businesses are reaping a bonanza from a new greenhouse fund, receiving more than five times the amount in subsidies from the State Government than they would from the Commonwealth, the NSW Opposition says.

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