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Letters: Europe, Japan and energy optionsGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
The EU commission's 2050 low-carbon road map released last week needs to raise Europe's sights beyond its current 2020 emission reduction targets (Report, 7 March). While the EU has agreed that emissions must be reduced by at least 80% by the middle of the century, it has not so far set out how to...
Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.Reuters | 08 Mar 2011
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
Soaring oil price reignites fossil fuel debateGuardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
As pressure grows on the government to stabilise fuel prices via tax breaks, green campaigners say this may be the ideal time to reduce the UK's dependence on oil and gas. High oil prices are a headache for governments. Ministers are acutely aware that the price at the petrol pump is one of the...
U.N. panel eyes ways to expand and speed carbon offsetsReuters | 14 Feb 2011
A United Nations panel will discuss this week ways to give poor countries better access to clean energy projects and clear a backlog of applications for carbon offsets, members said in a webcast on Monday.
Hedegaard: High targets will boost EU economyGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
EU climate commissioner says there is 'debate' - but no row – over raising the carbon targets to a 30% cut by 2020. Europe's climate chief insisted on Monday that tougher greenhouse gas targets would improve the EU's economic performance, rather than push businesses overseas, as companies and green...
SSE applies for EU funding for carbon projectYahoo! News | 09 Feb 2011
Scottish and Southern Energy has applied for European Union funding to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its gas-fired power station in Peterhead Scotland the utility said on Wednesday.
Forestry shows us what is wrong with UK politicsGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Though they are essential for our physical and spiritual wellbeing - locking away carbon, sustaining thousands of species, including our own, and providing pleasure and recreation – trees are under attack from all sides. We have known for years of the depredations of logging companies in the...
What is carbon?Guardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Carbon is a chemical element, like hydrogen, oxygen, lead or any of the others in the periodic table. Carbon is a very abundant element. It exists in pure or nearly pure forms - such as diamonds and graphite – but can also combine with other elements to form molecules. These carbon-based molecules...
Why Genghis Khan was good for the planetGuardian Unlimited | 26 Jan 2011
Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. His empire lasted a century and a half and eventually covered nearly a quarter of the earth's surface. His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people. Even today, his name remains a byword for brutality and terror. But boy, was Genghis green.
Letters: Keeping it arboreal - the truth about our forestsGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
In 1972, some 50 years after the Forestry Commission started its afforestation enterprise, a booklet entitled East Anglian Forests was published by the HMSO (If we lose our forests, our culture will suffer..., G2, 5 January). In its introduction much emphasis was laid on "the new value of the pine...
U.N. panel says has cut carbon offset backlogReuters | 05 Jan 2011
A U.N. panel which oversees a market in carbon offsets under the Kyoto Protocol says it has cut a backlog in project approvals, a development that is likely to quell long-running private sector complaints about delays.
Philipp Kauffmann's innovation: rainforest-sourced chocolateGuardian Unlimited | 19 Dec 2010
The head of Original Beans advocates "replenishing while we consume" "Standard chocolate is trapped in a vicious model," observes Philipp Kauffmann. "It builds on one of the most exploitative supply chains that exist. It practically enslaves the poorest people in the world, destroys rainforests at...
Carbon capture coal firm Powerfuel calls in administratorsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Dec 2010
Administrators have been called in to sell the assets of Powerfuel, which owns Hatfield colliery near Doncaster and planned to build a clean-coal demonstration plant in Britain.The firm is owned by the mining entrepreneur Richard Budge - known as "King Coal" – and the Russian coal group KRU. Despite being selected by the European Union to receive £164m for the project, it is £635m short of the money required.
World Soil Day Opportunity For UK Government To Commit to Protect Healthy SoilsEnvironmental Protection UK | 03 Dec 2010
Costs of soil degradation in England and Wales estimated at £264 million annually. National environmental protection charity, Environmental Protection UK (EPUK), is calling on the UK Government to celebrate World Soil Day (Sunday 5th December 2010) by backing an important EU Framework Directive...
New Labour peer Bryony WorthingtonGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
Appointment of environmentalist bolsters House of Lords' green credentials. The House of Lords became a far greener and better place today with the appointment of the climate change policy expert and campaigner Bryony Worthington as a Labour peer. Most importantly, she's one of the smartest...
EU says fulfils climate aid pledge, but is it new?Reuters | 15 Nov 2010
European governments have fulfilled a promise to deliver 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion) to help poor countries tackle climate change, EU reports show, but critics say the money might have come from rebranding existing aid pledges.
UK says India carbon tie could help global dealReuters | 15 Nov 2010
Bilateral agreements to develop clean technology and unlock private sector finance could help fill the gap in the absence of an international climate change pact, Britain's climate and energy minister said on Monday.