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Global CEOs back greenhouse gas cuts, cap-and-trade limits on carbon dioxide

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COPENHAGEN — Global business leaders added momentum to prospects for a new U.N. climate treaty by agreeing Tuesday that the world must cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by mid-century by setting specific limits on carbon.

Government officials reported little progress in setting such limits, however, showing how distant a new treaty remains.

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Anchoring agriculture within a Copenhagen Agreement: A policy brief for UNFCCC parties by FAO

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Agriculture has potential for crucial early action on mitigation

Agriculture is a major source of green house gasses (GHG), contributing 14% of global emissions(1). When combined with related land use changes, including deforestation (for which agriculture is a major driver), this share becomes more than one-third of total GHG emissions. Between 1990 and 2005 agricultural emissions in developing countries increased by 32% and are expected to continue to increase. Reducing and removing emissions from the sector, while ensuring food security and enabling economic growth will need to form part of an urgent global effort to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), contained in Article 2.

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IPCC chairman calls for expansion of CO2 storage

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The chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged the international community on Wednesday to develop more technologies for capturing and storing carbon dioxide as part of the fight against global climate change.

Rajendra K. Pachauri, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, said that underground CO2 storage is a “very attractive” technology for cutting emissions.

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Fox Business News Features Carbon Sciences

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Carbon Sciences Inc. (OTCBB: CABN), the developer of a breakthrough technology to recycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into gasoline and other fuels, today announced that Fox Business News featured the company during its May 21 broadcast in a segment on recycling carbon emissions. During the interview, Byron Elton, the company’s president, described how Carbon Sciences is able to convert carbon dioxide into liquid portable fuels.

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  • Published: May 29th, 2009
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Lighten up on carbon reduction

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Gov. Mitch Daniels and U.S. Reps. Mike Pence and Steve Buyer have some significant non-allies in their vehement opposition to the carbon reduction legislation now moving through Congress.

Among them are most of the Midwest’s governors, who already have signed a regional cap-and-trade agreement; and Indiana’s largest electric utility, whose boss accepts the need for congressional action and insists it will benefit rather than punish this coal-dependent region — if the region’s leadership pulls up to the table.

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  • Published: May 29th, 2009
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Xcel Energy has plans for managing carbon emissions

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An Xcel Energy official told Red Wing community leaders Wednesday morning that the energy company has distinct and diverse strategies for managing carbon emissions.

Those strategies include wind, biomass, solar, hydro and nuclear power.

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  • Published: May 29th, 2009
  • Category: Europe
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North sea beds could become carbon capture storage tanks

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The UK and Norwegian governments are jointly researching the possibility of storing carbon dioxide under the north sea.

Both countries have today, May 28, commissioned a joint study looking into how quickly the sea bed could be needed for carbon dioxide storage and what the UK, Norway and other countries have to do to get it ready.

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  • Published: May 29th, 2009
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Longannet ‘no-brainer’ for carbon capture

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CHOOSING Longannet Power Station as the best option for UK Government trials to capture carbon emissions is a

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Reportlinker Adds Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – Current Situation and Future Potential

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue.

Reportlinker Adds Carbon capture and storage (CCS) – current situation and future potential

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Arch Coal Joins National Carbon Capture Center

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ST. LOUIS, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:

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Carbon Capture Center coming to Wilsonville

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WILSONVILLE Southern Co., the parent company of Alabama Power, announced Wednesday it will manage and operate the U.S. Department of Energys new National Carbon Capture Center at the Power Systems Development Facility in Wilsonville.

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UNFCCC chief stresses importance of Copenhagen climate change pact

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretary general Yvo de Boer on Tuesday said that failure to reach agreement on climate change policy at the Copenhagen summit in December would result in future generations living in a world that was

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  • Published: May 28th, 2009
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Stern breaks the east-west deadlock on who’s responsible for CO2

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I think I heard the quiet tinkling sound of an unacknowledged breakthrough last week: a statement that could make the difference between success and failure at December’s crucial climate talks in Copenhagen.

One of the issues that could sink the talks is the question of “outsourced emissions”. This refers to greenhouse gases produced in one nation on behalf of another. The UK, for example, is comfortably meeting its commitments under the Kyoto protocol only because much of our manufacturing industry has moved to China. Under Kyoto rules, the pollution produced by Chinese factories making goods for the UK belongs to China. The protocol counts only the production, not the consumption, of greenhouse gases.

China says this is unfair. Around half the recent increase in its emissions arises from the manufacture of goods for western markets.
This pollution should, it says, belong to the consumer nations, not the producers. A successor to the Kyoto protocol which did not recognise this would punish China for our consumption.

The rich nations have been furiously resisting this idea. That’s not surprising: a study by the Stockholm Environment Institute for the British government suggests that carbon dioxide emissions caused by the UK’s consumption increased by 18% between 1992 and 2004, even as our production emissions fell. Had the Kyoto agreement measured consumption, not production, the UK would be missing its targets by a very long way.

I’m with China. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising because consumption is rising. Unless we address this, we cannot prevent climate breakdown. It doesn’t matter where production takes place: the problem is that we are consuming too much.

During the panel discussion that followed a screening of the eco film Age of Stupid last week, I asked Lord Stern about this. His answer surprised and delighted me: it represents a dramatic departure from the policy of the government with which he has worked so closely. Here’s what he said:

It is a point that the Chinese authorities make very clearly and strongly and I think that it’s a very sound one. My own view is that we need a combination of the two things. If you move to a different kind of division of labour where another country, in this case China, starts to make things that we might have made, and therefore has that production process in the emissions occurring there, rather than their own country, then we’re jointly responsible for that and both parties gain from the division of labour. That’s what trade is all about and that’s why trade can help development.

So my own view is that we probably need something like an average of the two, or a combination of the two. But the logical point China makes is that there is a definite responsibility with the consumer and not just with the producer is a sound one.

When Stern talks about these matters, governments listen. If he is prepared to pursue this proposal – that outsourced emissions should be shared between producers and consumers – there’s a good chance that it could be adopted at Copenhagen. It is surely the most realistic way to break the deadlock.

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LNG dual-fuel Volvo cuts CO2 and costs

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Natural gas has been going through something of a resurgence of late as long-distance operators search for fuel types that can offer lower CO2 emissions, high mileages between fill-ups, and lower costs.

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Peabody Energy Becomes Founding Member of U.S. Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center

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ST. LOUIS, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) today became a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Carbon Capture Center. The center is a public-private partnership to advance the next generation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The effort will be based at the Power Systems Development Facility (PSDF) south of Birmingham, Ala., the nation’s premier carbon research and development laboratory. Peabody has been a funding partner of the PSDF since 1997.

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  • Published: May 28th, 2009
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Global carbon emissions to jump 40 per cent by 2030 without action

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Washington – The level of carbon emissions emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere will surge nearly 40 per cent by 2030 if governments can’t force more limits on pollutants blamed for global warming, according to a US government report issued Wednesday. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that energy consumption will increase 44 per cent between 2006 and 2030, mainly because of higher demands from the developing world.

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EPRI joins launch of National Carbon Capture Center

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Palo Alto, CA, May 27, 2009

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Environment Expert Urges Alberta To Take Lead In Carbon Capture Technology

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Calgary, Alberta (AHN) – An environmental expert urged Alberta to take the lead in carbon capture technology as more stringent green laws are being passed in Canada and the United States.

Among the potential large customers of such a technology would be the U.S. as it sets to implement the Clean Energy and Security Act, University of Calgary environmental management and sustainability professor Robert Page told members of Calgary’s Petroleum Club on Tuesday.

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Dreams of Carbon Storage face a tough Reality Check

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Bergen, Norway As decision makers from around the world convene at a high-level conference today in Norway to discuss carbon capture and storage (CCS), Greenpeace has released a report titled

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Refiner’s Share of Carbon Emissions Credits is Meant to Dampen Fuel Demand

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Implications

1) Refiners paying for transports share of Carbon output is “De Facto” Emissions tax 2) Higher Carbon Emissions share on Refining, an efficient part of energy supply chain, seems counterproductive 3) Refiners paying price for auto makers lack of progress on efficiency and emissions?
Analysis

If refiners have to pay for the Carbon output of Transportation, it acts as a “De Facto” emissions tax on prior choices made by the consumer and auto business.

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Understanding Carbon Credits

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There has been considerable discussion in the U.S. and throughout the world over global warming and how to address it for the future. Global warming is generally the result of excess build-up of the so-called greenhouse gases, which are usually linked to excessive emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide has been involved in the normal life process since the beginning of time; however, practices such as burning fossil fuels and changing global land-use patterns can increase carbon dioxide emissions and lead to increased heating of the earths atmosphere.

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Norway offers EU

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EUOBSERVER / BERGEN, NORWAY – Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg offered European Union countries some

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  • Published: May 28th, 2009
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WWF backs Longannet for UK carbon capture trials

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Scottish wildlife campaigners have backed the Longannet power station as the “best option” for the UK’s first carbon capture and storage trials.

In a study published on Friday, WWF Scotland said that fitting CCS at the 2.3GW Fife power station would reduce 14.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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Australia Govt Faces Further Carbon-Scheme Delay

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Plans for the world’s most comprehensive carbon-trading scheme face defeat or parliamentary delay after Australia’s opposition said on Tuesday it will try to postpone a vote on the laws this year.

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  • Published: May 27th, 2009
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Carbon trading’s inconvenient truth

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In the face of unwavering Republican opposition, Californian Rep. Henry Waxman last week successfully guided a mammoth energy and climate bill through the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he chairs. This should be a thrilling moment for environmentalists. Nineteen years after the U.N.’s panel of scientists first reached consensus on the threat posed by global warming, the United States, for long the world’s biggest polluter, is finally poised to take action. But unfortunately, the feeling among many climate-change campaigners is more of dashed hopes than delight. The good news, however, also comes from California in the form of AB1404. If Washington would follow the lead of this bill, it could close a gaping loophole in the proposed federal legislation.

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