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European Union backs push for airline pollution agreement

The EU on Tuesday urged nations to accept a compromise on plans to curb airline carbon emissions at a key UN conference, though resistance to striking an overall deal remains fierce. “We believe a solution is now in sight,” said the spokeswoman for EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Kallas was…

Airline industry calls for carbon emissions plan by 2020

The airline industry’s mouthpiece called Monday for uniform global measures by 2020 to curb all aircraft carbon emissions, warning that a patchwork of competing proposals could emerge otherwise. And if that happens, it could lead to a proliferation of trade wars, International Air Transport Association general manager Tony Tyler said…

Algae biofuel use cuts carbon emissions 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum: study

Algae biofuel still has some catching up to do in the profitability department, but a first-of-its-kind study of a large scale algae biofuel operation puts it very close to petroleum in a key indicator of efficient energy production. That might come…  …

Unprecedented speed of global warming to impact half of all plants and a third of animals

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, according to a climate study. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius (7.2…

‘Conservative’ study warns climate change may kill half of Earth’s plant life

More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, a climate study said on Sunday. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius…

NOAA: 2012 saw second largest rise in climate emissions on record

Heat-trapping carbon emissions in the atmosphere grew so much in 2012 that the year will go down as the second-highest growth in recorded history, placing the globe dangerously near a climatic tipping point, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. Climate-causing emissions measured 48 times last year…

U.S. greenhouse gases back up after decline

WASHINGTON — US emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change rose in 2010, ending a brief downward turn as the world’s largest economy gradually recovers from recession, official data showed Monday. In a submission to the UN climate organization, the United States said that its greenhouse gas emissions grew…

Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

WASHINGTON — High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday. The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history…

Chinese airlines will not pay Europe’s carbon emissions tax

BEIJING — China’s airlines are banned from paying charges on carbon emissions imposed by the European Union, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday, quoting the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The EU imposed the tax with effect from January 1, but more than two dozen countries, including India, Russia,…

U.N. talks approve roadmap for 2015 global climate pact

UN climate talks on Sunday approved a roadmap for a 2015 pact that for the first time will bring all major carbon emitters into a single legal accord. The deal was reached after nearly 14 days of bruising talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under it, 194…

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