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China plans carbon-trading pilot scheme

China will introduce a pilot scheme for carbon emissions trading and gradually develop a national market as the world’s largest polluter seeks to reduce emissions and save energy, state media said. China will promote the market’s development through “punitive” electricity tariffs on power-intensive industries and other new policies, Xie Zhenhua,…

Forests soak up third of fossil fuel emissions: study

PARIS — Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate measure so far of the amount of greenhouse…

Aussies may kill 1.2 million camels to reduce greenhouse gases

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change. The suggestion is included in Canberra’s “Carbon Farming Initiative”, a consultation paper by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, seen Thursday. Adelaide-based Northwest Carbon, a commercial company, proposed…

World must invest $40 billion a year to save forests, says United Nations

NAIROBI – Investing $40 billion annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy, according to a UN report released here Sunday. The additional investment “could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per…

Thawing permafrost may speed global warming: study

WASHINGTON – Global warming could cause up to 60 percent of the world’s permafrost to thaw by 2200 and release huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere that would further speed up climate change, a study released Wednesday warned. Using projections based on UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)…

California gives green light to carbon trade

California on Thursday approved rules for a multibillion-dollar carbon market, in what proponents hope and detractors fear will be a turning point for the United States toward building a national program to address global warming. After Congress failed to pass a climate change law last year, California is the vanguard…

High court will review climate change lawsuit

Supreme Court to consider dismissing lawsuit over power plant emissions In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions. The court agreed Monday to consider ending…

UN official: Unprecedented heat waves ‘will seem like average summers’ in the future

Climate science chief: Unknowns of Arctic methane, acid oceans point to research shortfalls From the methane-laden tundra of the far north to the depths of the oceans, world governments need to spend more on cutting-edge research to “get a handle” on how much and how quickly the world will warm…

Caught: Soon-to-be ‘moderate’ GOP energy chairman now suggests no link between carbon dioxide, global warming

Fred Upton, the Michigan Republican set to take over the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lashed out at a proposal to ameliorate global warming at a panel in January — and appears to now deny the basic premise of climate change. What’s been little-noticed, however, is that Upton actually questioned…

Global warming ‘unquestionably’ due to humans: France

Global warming exists and is unquestionably due to human activity, France’s Academy of Science said in a report published Thursday and written by 120 scientists from France and abroad. “Several independent indicators show an increase in global warming from 1975 to 2003. This increase is mainly due to the increase…

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