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Climate change negotiators see no major Durban deal

PANAMA CITY (Reuters)- Global climate change negotiators Friday concluded their last round of discussions before next month’s U.N. convention in Durban, South Africa with faint hope of extending the Kyoto Protocol beyond next year. But while negotiators see no chance for a sweeping deal to control greenhouse gas emissions, they…

E.U. wins key round in carbon fight with airlines

The European Union on Thursday won a key legal round against US airlines fighting EU plans to force foreign carriers to buy carbon permits to fly to and out of the 27-nation bloc. An EU system that will require airlines to pay for their CO2 emissions from January 1 “is…

Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit

OTTAWA — Key gaps in information mean Canada has been unable to assess the impact of exploiting Alberta’s oil sands, the nation’s environment commissioner said Tuesday. Lack of information due to “insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems” mean the federal environmental and water agencies cannot build a clear picture of…

World leaders counter climate change denialism at Clinton Global Initiative

Former president Bill Clinton took the stage at his eponymous conference and apologized for the continued climate change denialism in Congress: “The Senate voted [the Kyoto Protocol] down 95-0. We’re down to 50-50 denialists now.” Clinton was joined on stage by Mexican president Felipe Calderón, who highlighted his own nation’s…

100-plus former Obama workers to protest tar sands pipeline at White House

Former staffers and volunteers who have worked under President Barack Obama will “lead more than 100 people in civil disobedience at the White House” Thursday in an the ongoing protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a release from the group. Courtney Height, a former youth voting director for…

Can electric cars win over the mass market?

CHICAGO — It’s not every day that a US governor accepts an invitation to the launch of a Japanese-built car, but Nissan’s all-electric Leaf offers environmental credentials that top any nationalistic concerns. “Illinois is laying the groundwork for electric vehicles and a more green economy, and our efforts are paying…

Obama to set fuel efficiency standards for commercial trucks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday will finalize the first ever fuel efficiency and emissions standards for commercial trucks, vans and buses, which is expected to save owners $50 billion in fuel costs over four years. The standards are expected to save the United States some 530 million…

U.S. Senate votes to end $6 billion ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted Thursday to end a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol in a move that appeared largely symbolic but sends a message about the growing unease on support for the biofuel made mostly from corn. In a 73-27 vote, the Senate approved an amendment to end…

Progress too slow on saving tropical forests: report

PARIS — All but seven percent of the world’s tropical forests are “managed poorly or not at all” despite efforts to boost sustainability, according to a major report released Tuesday. Forces driving forest destruction across four continents — including rising food and fuel prices, and growing demand for timber —…

Brazil needs to unblock climate talks: Bill Clinton

MANAUS, Brazil (AFP) – US ex-president Bill Clinton urged Brazil to push to get global climate change talks unblocked by getting key trade partners, the United States and China, to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “You cannot create a sustainable future for Brazil alone; you have got to convince enough other…

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