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Mar 15, 2011

Nuclear sector takes beating but U.S. offers support

SINGAPORE/TORONTO (Reuters) – The nuclear power industry took a beating as governments addressed its safety and investors bailed out of stocks because of the crisis enveloping a Japanese nuclear power plant. But the United States government offered some support.

Germany has suspended an agreement to extend the life of its nuclear power stations, Switzerland put on hold some approvals for nuclear power plants, and Taiwan’s state-run Taipower said it was studying plans to cut nuclear power output.

Mar 14, 2011

Japan crisis hits nuclear sector; boosts renewables

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Governments around the globe questioned the use of nuclear power as Japan’s attempts to avert a meltdown at one of its plants eroded confidence in nuclear energy and put more focus on the renewables industry.

Germany has suspended an agreement to extend the life of its nuclear power stations, while Switzerland put on hold some approvals for nuclear power plants.

Mar 14, 2011

Japan crisis hits global nuclear sector

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG – (Reuters) – Switzerland put on hold some approvals for nuclear power plants and Germany cast doubts about its industry after the Japanese nuclear crisis, raising questions over the future of the global sector.

Taiwan’s state-run Taipower also said it was studying plans to cut nuclear power output.

Mar 14, 2011

Japan crisis hits global nuclear sector; may boost green power

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG – March 14 (Reuters) – Switzerland put
on hold some approvals for nuclear power plants and Germany cast
doubts about its industry after the Japanese nuclear crisis,
raising questions over the future of the global sector.

Taiwan’s state-run Taipower also said it was studying plans
to cut nuclear power output.

Mar 8, 2011

Australian Greens say cutting carbon remains key reform

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Climate change and cleaning up Australia’s coal-reliant economy need to be at the heart economic reform, the powerful Greens said on Tuesday, as opinion polls show the government losing the battle to price carbon pollution.

The Greens, whose support is vital for the government and will hold the balance of power in the Senate from July, say Australia faces a bleak future from greater weather extremes such as floods, drought and bushfires.

Mar 2, 2011

CO2 farming could help Australia brake emissions

SINGAPORE (Reuters)- Australia’s farms and vast outback could help cut or offset up to a fifth of the economy’s greenhouse gas emissions, a senior scientist says, as the government struggles to put a price on carbon pollution.

The country is a major coal exporter and consumer and is among the highest per-capita producers of planet-warming carbon emissions in the rich world.

Feb 25, 2011

Severe weather, forecasting could prompt force majeure rethink

SINGAPORE, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Worsening weather and better
forecasting methods could push the mining sector to change force
majeure provisions in supply contracts and sharpen how blame is
allotted when storms or floods disrupt regular business.

Climate scientists predict global warming will trigger
greater extremes of weather such as more intense droughts,
cyclones and bushfires. For miners and other resource firms that
means more disruption to coal, iron, bauxite and gold
operations, but many weather events are foreseeable.

Feb 16, 2011

Investments worth trillions at risk from climate change: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Climate change could put trillions of investment dollars at risk over the next 20 years, a global study released on Wednesday said, calling for pension funds and other investors to overhaul how they allocate funds.

Risks from more extreme weather, continued delay in climate policy by governments and uncertainty over the shape of a new global climate pact were major concerns, while renewable energy, agriculture and infrastructure could be opportunities.

Feb 10, 2011

Stronger cyclones to menace miners, crops in warmer

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Witnesses to Cyclone Yasi’s destructive tear across northeastern Australia described it as a monster for its size and ferocity. It was also an omen.

Climate scientists say global warming is heating up the world’s oceans and atmosphere, providing more fuel for tropical cyclones and creating ever greater risks for crops, miners and billion-dollar beachfronts.

Feb 10, 2011

Stronger cyclones to menace miners, crops in warmer world

SINGAPORE, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Witnesses to Cyclone Yasi’s
destructive tear across northeastern Australia described it as a
monster for its size and ferocity. It was also an omen.

Climate scientists say global warming is heating up the
world’s oceans and atmosphere, providing more fuel for tropical
cyclones and creating ever greater risks for crops, miners and
billion-dollar beachfronts.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
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