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Jun 5, 2011

Rising forest density offsets climate change – study

OSLO (Reuters) – Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday.

The report indicated that the size of trees in a forest — rather than just the area covered — needed to be taken into account more in U.N.-led efforts to put a price on forests as part of a nascent market to slow global warming.

Jun 3, 2011

Norway to build northernmost green energy building

, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) – A planned building in Norway will be at the most northern location so far to generate more energy than it uses, demonstrating that “green” buildings can work anywhere, its backers said on Friday.

A group including Norwegian aluminum maker Norsk Hydro and Swedish construction group Skanska said it would construct the six-to-seven-story building in Trondheim, with offices and shops covering up to 9,000 sq meters (96,880 sq ft).

Jun 2, 2011

World should double renewable energy by 2030: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – The world should more than double reliance on renewable energy by 2030 as part of goals to slow climate change in a drive that will need strong backing from the private sector, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.

“The new goal is to have 30 percent of energy supplies from renewable sources by 2030,” Kandeh Yumkella, head of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Jun 2, 2011

Poor nations urged to reform to win climate funds

OSLO (Reuters) – Many developing nations are missing out on a surge in investments in clean energy and need to cut red tape and agree new rules to attract funds to help fight climate change, a U.N. finance guidebook said on Thursday.

Clean energy sector investments worldwide grew 30 percent in 2010 from 2009 to a record $243 billion but 90 percent went to members of the Group of 20 — leading industrialized nations and big emerging economies led by China and India.

Jun 2, 2011

Climate action faces legal gap, no deal this year

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – The world will again fall short of a full climate deal this year, after two past attempts, say developed countries which want a narrower focus on forests and funds at resumed U.N. talks next week.

A fresh postponement will all but end hopes of a binding U.N. deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol before its present round expires at the end of 2012, leaving a legal gap and possible makeshift arrangements for years.

Jun 1, 2011

Rich nations say on track with $30 billion climate aid

OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – Earthquake-hit Japan and many other rich nations are reaffirming pledges to give $30 billion from 2010-12 to help poor nations fight climate change despite budget cuts, a Reuters survey showed on Wednesday.

Climate aid has totaled $16.2 billion since January 2010, according to submissions to the United Nations by a May deadline. Poor nations have said much of the cash is from existing programs and is not new as promised.

May 30, 2011

Analysis: German nuclear exit plan won’t draw many imitators

OSLO (Reuters) – A German plan to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022 is unlikely to inspire many imitators abroad even though safety worries after Japan’s Fukushima accident have dimmed nuclear industry hopes of a renaissance, experts say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phase-out plan risks boosting greenhouse gas emissions by aiding fossil fuel producers despite her assurances of a renewed drive to promote greener energies such as wind and solar power, they said.

May 30, 2011

German nuclear exit plan won’t draw many imitators

OSLO (Reuters) – A German plan to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022 is unlikely to inspire many imitators abroad even though safety worries after Japan’s Fukushima accident have dimmed nuclear industry hopes of a renaissance, experts say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phase-out plan risks boosting greenhouse gas emissions by aiding fossil fuel producers despite her assurances of a renewed drive to promote greener energies such as wind and solar power, they said.

May 26, 2011

Venice may be less at risk from seas than feared

OSLO (Reuters) – Venice may be less at risk than feared from rising sea levels because damaging storm surges are likely to get less frequent this century as a side-effect of climate change, an expert said on Thursday.

Shifts in storm patterns in the Adriatic Sea could be a local impact of global warming, and this could offset higher sea levels in a city whose St Mark’s Square and other historic areas are often flooded.

May 25, 2011

U.N. climate panel sets one-week deadline to fix errors

OSLO (Reuters) – The U.N. committee of climate scientists will fix any future errors “within a week or so,” its head said on Wednesday, after coming under fire last year for bungling a forecast of when Himalayan glaciers would thaw.

“I think we now have a firm procedure by which we are going to deal with errors, or alleged errors,” Rajendra Pachauri told Reuters during a visit to Oslo, referring to a set of reforms agreed at a meeting in Abu Dhabi on May 17.