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Apr 25, 2011

Trade shifts help rich meet climate goals: study

OSLO (Reuters) – The shift in manufacturing to emerging nations is doing more to curb rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions than measures they are taking to meet the U.N. pact to fight climate change, a study showed.

Rich nations benefit from U.N. rules which record greenhouse gases — mainly from burning fossil fuels — as those coming from each country’s territory. Emissions to make a car in South Korea, for instance, remain South Korean even if the car is exported to the United States.

Apr 20, 2011

Recession cuts EU CO2 emissions by record 7.2 percent

OSLO (Reuters) – Recession drove European Union greenhouse gas emissions down by a record 7.2 percent in 2009, putting the bloc ahead of schedule in making promised cuts, EU data showed on Wednesday.

“The strength of the 2009 recession affected all economic sectors in the EU,” the Denmark-based European Environment Agency said in a report. “Consumption of fossil fuels fell compared to the previous year, mainly for coal.”

Apr 15, 2011

Recession cuts U.S. and Russia 2009 greenhouse emissions

OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. and Russian greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2009, according to data submitted to the United Nations, as economic decline cut the use of fossil fuels.

Other rich countries including Australia, Italy, Spain and France have also reported falls in emissions to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, in final data on Friday that is used to judge compliance with U.N. treaties.

Apr 15, 2011

Governments pick U.N. green fund delegates, ending row

OSLO (Reuters) – Governments have agreed on a list of 40 delegates to design a “Green Climate Fund” to channel billions of dollars to poor nations, the United Nations said on Friday, ending disputes that delayed the first talks by a month.

Asian and Latin American groups had been unable to agree who should attend the first meeting, originally due in March and put back until April 28-29 in Mexico City, because of internal rivalries. Other regional groups picked members on time.

Apr 15, 2011

Governments pick U.N. green fund delegates

OSLO (Reuters) – Governments have agreed on a list of 40 delegates to design a “Green Climate Fund” to channel billions of dollars to poor nations, the United Nations said on Friday, ending disputes that delayed the first talks by a month.

Asian and Latin American groups had been unable to agree who should attend the first meeting, originally due in March and put back until April 28-29 in Mexico City, because of internal rivalries. Other regional groups picked members on time.

Apr 5, 2011

Scientists call for new atomic risk strategy

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse,” scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 5, 2011

New atomic risk strategy needed after Fukushima

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse”, scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 5, 2011

Analysis: New atomic risk strategy needed after Fukushima

OSLO (Reuters) – New ways need be found to communicate to the public the true risks of radiation from crises like the one at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant without fanning overblown fears of an “apocalypse,” scientists say.

Communication has to get across statistics about risks and at the same time address peoples’ real fears, especially when they concern atomic power which has associations with the Cold War and the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Apr 4, 2011

“Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.

Apr 3, 2011

Analysis: “Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.