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Oct 15, 2014

Norsk Hydro clients want ‘green’ aluminium: CEO

OSLO (Reuters) – Some major customers of Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro (NHY.OL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) want it to certify metal made with clean hydro power to help a shift from high-polluting fossil fuels and combat climate change, chief executive Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said.

He also said the company, the world’s number nine producer of primary aluminium in 2013, was investing in measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions because it expects governments to impose a global price on carbon pollution sometime in future.

Oct 14, 2014

Offshore wind farms the future – Statkraft CEO

OSLO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Wind farms will be built more and
more in shallow seas, from China to the United States, as the
industry imitates oil firms and moves offshore, the head of
Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy said on Tuesday.

Statkraft Chief Executive Christian Rynning-Toennesen also
said climate change was forcing a rethink of hydro-electric dam
and wind turbine design to ensure they could withstand ever more
extreme rainfall and wind linked to global warming.

Oct 13, 2014

IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment

OSLO, Oct 13 (Reuters) – IKEA Group, the world’s 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.

IKEA, seen as global trend-setter among retailers on green
issues, is also on target to invest $1.5 billion in solar and
wind power by 2015, and bought a higher proportion of its wood
and cotton from sustainable sources in 2014 to aid consumers
shift to greener lifestyles.

Oct 12, 2014

Norwegian Air says younger fleet key to greener skies

OSLO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Norwegian Air Shuttle will
cut the average age of its fleet to less than four years, seeing
younger planes as the key both to cutting fuel bills and
limiting climate change, chief executive Bjoern Kjos said.

Huge plane orders in 2012 will help Norwegian, Europe’s
number three budget airline behind Ryanair and easyJet
in terms of passenger numbers, to a goal of cutting
emissions per passenger by 30 percent from 2008 to 2015.

Oct 6, 2014

World falling behind 2020 plan for nature protection – UN

OSLO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Governments are failing to meet
goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity
plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow
climate change, a U.N. report showed on Monday.

Many rare species face a mounting risk of extinction,
forests are being cleared by farmers at an alarming rate, and
pollution and over-fishing are continuing despite the U.N. push
agreed in 2010 to reverse harmful trends for nature.

Oct 2, 2014

Change looms for Nobel Peace Prize as chairman risks coup

OSLO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The head of the Nobel Peace Prize committee risks a unprecedented demotion after announcing the 2014 winner next week, part of wider changes that could both tilt the award to the right and dim chances for future U.S. presidents to win.

The Nobel season of the world’s most coveted awards, each worth $1.1 million, opens on Monday with the medicine or physiology prize followed by physics, chemistry, peace and economics. The date for the literature prize has not been set.

Oct 1, 2014

Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says

OSLO (Reuters) – A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet’s health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.

The world’s environment ministers agreed in 2010 to cap a rise in average surface temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times as the yardstick to avoid more floods, heat waves, droughts and rising sea levels.

Sep 24, 2014

World risks spending $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development goals

OSLO (Reuters) – The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

The report said governments should sharply cut a current draft list of targets for 2030 from a current 169 to avoid over-spending on compiling statistics. A World Bank official contested the study, calling the cost estimates too high.

Sep 23, 2014

U.N. climate summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A United Nations summit
on climate change agreed on Tuesday to widen the use of
renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for
developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for
a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming.

The one-day summit, hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon, set goals to halt losses of tropical forests by 2030,
improve food production and hike the share of electric vehicles
in cities to 30 percent of new vehicle sales by 2030.

Sep 22, 2014

As seas rise, Pacific island president favors buying land abroad

OSLO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The president of the Pacific island state of Kiribati favors buying more land abroad after a purchase in Fiji, to secure both food supplies and perhaps a future home if rising sea levels swamp low-lying atolls.

Anote Tong, in Norway on a stopover to view melting Arctic ice pushing up sea levels before he attends a U.N. climate summit in New York on Tuesday, said he wanted to lay conditions for “migration with dignity” from the islands.