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Government and Climate Change
Costa Rica's Figueres family's green revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 14 May 2012
As the Bonn climate talks begin, John Vidal speaks to former president José María Figueres about Costa Rica's journey towards sustainabilitySay the name Figueres in Costa Rica and it's bound to get a reaction. José "Don Pepe" Figueres led the 1948 revolution, was president three times, nationalised...
Scientists urge action on world's biggest problemsReuters | 10 May 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists from 15 countries are calling for a better political response to the provision of water and energy to meet the challenge of feeding a world of 9 billion people within 30 years.
Boris Johnson resisted Labour appealsGuardian Unlimited | 02 May 2012
Freedom of information papers reveal mayor ignored a 2009 request to 'keep the congestion charge and other initiatives'The London mayor, Boris Johnson, resisted attempts by the previous Labour government to make him clean up dangerous air pollution in London, according to ministerial briefing...
Mexico passes climate-change lawSCIDEV.NET | 27 Apr 2012
Mexico has become the second country in the world to pass a law intended to cut carbon emissions and boost renewable energy.
U.S. voters favor regulating carbon dioxide: surveyReuters | 26 Apr 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three out of four U.S. voters favor regulating carbon dioxide as a greenhouse-gas pollutant, and a majority think global warming should be a priority for the president and Congress, a survey of American attitudes on climate and energy reported on Thursday.
'This is the greenest government ever'Guardian Unlimited | 26 Apr 2012
Prime minister tells leaders at a world energy summit that the UK government has achieved its aimThe government has achieved its aim of being the "greenest ever", David Cameron said on Thursday, in his first significant remarks on the environment since reaching office."When I became prime minister...
Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urgesGuardian Unlimited | 24 Apr 2012
Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuelsGovernments are falling badly behind on low-carbon energy, putting carbon reduction targets out of reach and pushing the world to the brink of catastrophic climate change, the...
Investors 'waiting' for Scottish independence guaranteesEnvironment Data Interactive Exchange | 24 Apr 2012
Renewable energy investors will not commit funds to projects in Scotland unless they have 100% guarantees of continuing subsidy support in the wake of Scottish independence, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) was told today.
Obama bids to win back green votersGuardian Unlimited | 23 Apr 2012
President is well ahead of Romney when it comes to green voters, but many are upset over fracking and Keystone pipelineBarack Obama has launched a new green re-election site hoping to make up with environmental voters ahead of next November's vote.Environmentalists for Obama is aimed at organising...
Ban Ki-moon calls Obama's presence 'crucial' at Rio+20 Earth summitGuardian Unlimited | 20 Apr 2012
UN secretary general trying to shore up high-level attendance to keep climate summit on track, but Obama still hasn't committedThe UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon made a personal appeal to Barack Obama to attend the milestone Rio+20 summit in June, saying his presence would be critical to the...
EU energy policy may bring 500,000 jobsReuters | 28 Jan 2012
DAVOS (Reuters) - The European Union may pass a triple whammy environment policy in the first half of this year that would bring a rapid jobs boost, cut energy bills and improve the environment by one simple measure: keeping Europe's buildings in good repair.
California sets landmark rules to cut auto emissionsReuters | 27 Jan 2012
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California approved aggressive new rules on Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring automakers to put many more electric and hybrid vehicles on the Golden State's roads by 2025.
Beijing begins measuring tiny air pollutantsReuters | 21 Jan 2012
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing began disclosing the amount of tiny pollution particles in the air on Saturday, in a move that could improve disclosure but alarm a public barely resigned to the capital's choking smog.
Cost of 30 percent EU carbon cut less than thought: draftReuters | 18 Jan 2012
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Raising the European Union's 2020 emission reduction target to 30 percent would be considerably less costly than originally thought and the effort could be shared fairly among EU governments, according to a draft EU document.