At first sight, that sounds unthinkable.
Lomborg, a Danish statistician who wrote the book “The Skeptical Environmentalist”, argues that the world should develop cheap new green technologies before taking radical steps to fight global warming (…echoes of the policies of former U.S. President George W. Bush).
OSLO (Reuters) – Danish “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg hopes a movie about his work will stir debate over his alternative solutions to climate change led by $100 billion a year in green technology research.
He said on Tuesday that “Cool It,” to be released in the United States and Canada on November 12, offered solutions after former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006 publicized the risks of global warming.
OSLO (Reuters) – Wind energy will increase to generate between 5 and 22 percent of world power by 2030 and countries need to do more to expand electricity grids to cope, a study by pro-wind groups showed on Tuesday.
The report, by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and environmental group Greenpeace, also said nations in Latin America and Africa were shifting to wind alongside established markets in Europe, North America, China and India.
OSLO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Wind energy will increase to make
up between five and 22 percent of world power generated by 2030
and countries must do more to expand electricity grids to cope,
a study by pro-wind groups showed on Tuesday.
The report, by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and
environmental group Greenpeace, also said nations in Latin
America and Africa were shifting to wind alongside established
markets in Europe, North America, China and India.
OSLO (Reuters) – The impasse in U.N. climate talks is “very troubling” but worsening effects of global warming will eventually force governments to agree a legally binding deal, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) head said on Monday.
Achim Steiner also said there were risks that the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol, which commits almost 40 rich nations to curb emissions until 2012, could unravel unless a successor pact is quickly worked out.
OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has won wide praise abroad for setting tough goals for fighting climate change but his green stewardship generates less enthusiasm at home.
Stoltenberg, who will co-chair talks among U.N. experts in Ethiopia on October 12 on ways to raise $100 billion a year from 2020 in climate aid [ID:nLDE699042], wants to axe dependence on fossil fuels in a paradox for the world’s number 5 oil exporter.
OSLO (Reuters) – More penalties on greenhouse gas emissions could help raise $100 billion a year from 2020 to enable poor nations to slow global warming, despite austerity in many rich countries, Norway’s prime minister said.
Jens Stoltenberg, who will co-chair a U.N. advisory group about climate financing in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, said raising $100 billion a year was “feasible” but one of the hardest issues in talks on a new U.N. climate deal.
AAS, Norway (Reuters) – A new chemical process may help unlock biofuels from trees and plant waste in a shift from using food crops such as sugar cane to generate fuel, scientists said Thursday.
They said they found an enzyme that helped break down chitin, a stiff material similar to woody cellulose that is found in the skeletons of crustaceans — such as lobsters or crabs — as well as insects.
OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists completed a 10-year census of marine life on Monday after finding thousands of exotic new species in a project that will help assess threats to the oceans ranging from climate change to BP’s oil spill.
The $650 million international census, by 2,700 experts in 80 nations, discovered creatures such as a hairy-clawed “yeti crab,” luminous fish in the sunless depths, a shrimp thought extinct in Jurassic times and a 7-meter (23 ft) long squid.
OSLO (Reuters) – Norway favors more international action to slow deforestation in developing nations as the quickest and cheapest way to fight global warming, Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg said on Friday.
He also told Reuters that Norway, the world’s number five oil exporter, was on target to over-achieve its national goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions until 2012 under the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol.