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Report Says IPCC Needs to Address Melting Permafrost

Report Says IPCC Needs to Address Melting Permafrost

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) released a report early Tuesday morning that recommended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) address the impact of warming permafrost and the large volume of methane and carbon dioxide that will be emitted from the ground if permafrost continues to melt.… Read More

Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha Climate Talks: What to Expect

Doha has a special place in the history of diplomacy. Talks started there in 2001 under the World Trade Organisation, aimed at solving trade barriers that penalise the poor. The Doha round dragged on to 2008 without conclusion and is now in limbo. Doha is a byword for stalemate and failure. So when the United Nations chose the Qatari capital as the… Read More

More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide

More than 1,000 New Coal Plants Planned Worldwide

More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed. The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists, and campaigners that the planet's fast-rising carbon emissions must peak within a few years if runaway climate change is to be avoided and that fossil fuel assets risk … Read More

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

Doha Talks: EU Weakened Over New Emissions Targets

The European Union will enter crucial global climate talks that begin next week with a weakened bargaining position because it has already met its targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions eight years ahead of time and has no plans to put more ambitious cuts on the table.… Read More

Doha Conference Negotiator: Carbon Cuts Talks Must Wait

Doha Conference Negotiator: Carbon Cuts Talks Must Wait

The debate on whether the world needs stronger greenhouse gas cuts to keep the planet from warming by 2C should be deferred until next year, according to Brazil's lead negotiator at the upcoming talks in Doha, which begin Nov. 26 and run until Dec. 7, 2012. Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo says delegates at Qatar – the most important climate neg… Read More

Emissions Trading Used to Subsidize Overseas Rivals

Emissions Trading Used to Subsidize Overseas Rivals

Some of the companies that have complained loudest about the European Union's environmental measures are using the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) to give money to rivals in other countries instead of cutting their own greenhouse gas emissions, it has emerged. A report by Sandbag, a non-governmental organization that examines carbon trading, f… Read More

Report: Coal Plants Smothering Communities of Color

Report: Coal Plants Smothering Communities of Color

Coal plants place a disproportionate burden on poor and largely minority communities, exposing residents to high levels of pollutants that affect public health, according to a new report led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).… Read More

How Shale Will Reshape America’s Role in the World

How Shale Will Reshape America’s Role in the World

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the rise of China and the Arab spring, American energy independence looks likely to trigger the next great geopolitical shift in the modern world. U.S. reliance on the Gulf for its oil — and its consequent need to maintain a dominant presence in the Middle East to keep the oil flowing — has been one of the … Read More