Source: CleanTechnica - A recent Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found that America can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agencys proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030.
Source: CleanTechica - The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation.
Source: The Irish Times - Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this years UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, which starts at the end of next month.
Source: Daily Times - OSLO: IKEA Group, the worlds biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a new and better company, chief executive Peter Agnefjall said.
Source: BBC News - Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018.
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 – 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative’s 2020 targets.
Source: The Guardian - Are fossil fuel companies long toxic to our natural environment becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so. Galvanised by the carbon tracker research showing that these firms have several times more carbon in their reserves than our atmosphere can safely absorb, Oxford city council has voted to divest; so has the British Medical Association.
Source: Huffington Post - Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change.
Source: ABC Onlline - Climate change is having an impact on every level of fire management, the New South Wales rural fire chief has said on the first anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
Source: RIA Novosti - The European Commission (EC) published a statement Thursday confirming the commitment of 100 European cities to address climate change concerns in an official signing ceremony where the mayors of the various cities across Europe pledged their dedication to the scheme.
Source: RTCC - Sweden has called on the European Union to adopt a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 50% by 2030s, 10 percentage points higher than current proposals.
Source: Reuters - Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favours restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.
Source: CleanTechnica - A new electric bus service utilizing wireless charging systems will soon be launching in Berlin. The service dubbed Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) is currently set to start in 2015, and will make use of electric buses from Solaris.
Source: The New York Times - Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit.
Source: Wall Street Daily - Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been weighed down by exorbitant costs, making it an industry thats been stuck on the launch pad for more than a decade despite spending $20 billion on technology. Now, U.S. utilities could be required to install CCS technology in all newly built, coal-fired power plants, according to a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Source: The New Age Online - The city of Johannesburg is almost certain to become the first city in South Africa to convert its fleet to carbon-free fuel within the next two years. It began piloting the conversion in its Metrobus fleet at the beginning of this year.
Source: Los Angeles Times - The United States is considering a proposal to combat climate change that would require countries to offer plans for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions on a certain schedule but would leave it to individual nations to determine how deep their cuts would be, said Todd Stern, the nations chief climate negotiator.
Source: Forbes - From A for Apple to Z for Zurich Insurance, companies that are doing most to tackle climate change are also financially outperforming their peers, new research suggests.
Source: Guardian Liberty Voice - A newly published study has produced the most evidence yet that valuable fish species are being forced north and south towards both of the Earths poles by climate change and the continuous rising of ocean temperatures. The study predicts that many numbers of fish species will be affected if temperature increases are allowed to continue at current rates and that a large percentage of fish species may disappear from warmer tropical waters as early as 2050.
Source: Daily News & Analysis - Climate change has shrunk Peruvian glaciers by 40% in the past four decades and the melt-off has spawned nearly 1,000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980, Peru's government said on Wednesday.