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Jul 8, 2010

Q+A: Why Australia needs a price on carbon

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia is the world’s top 2coal exporter, relies on coal to generate more than 80 percent of its power, transports most goods by road and cars clog its cities.

Still, one of the world’s top per-capita emitters of planet-warming carbon pollution is determined to cut its emissions, even as a growing population and booming economy make achieving this a major challenge.

Jun 29, 2010

Green power an easy win for Australia – scientists

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australia’s new leader should ramp up renewable energy use and enshrine tougher energy efficiency standards to fight global warming, leading climate scientists said on Tuesday, describing them as easy policy wins.

Australia has struggled to get support for an emissions trading scheme that would put a price on carbon pollution from industry, such as the refining, minerals and mining sectors.

Jun 28, 2010

India CDM developers confident of post-2012 market-poll

SINGAPORE, June 28 (Reuters) – Nearly 70 percent of
clean-energy project developers in India believe there will be
a post-2012 successor to the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol climate pact
with binding emissions targets, according to a poll.

And nearly 60 percent expect markets in the United States,
Japan and Australia will accept tradeable carbon offsets from
their projects, the poll by Emergent Ventures India (EVI) said.

Jun 23, 2010

Degraded land rules key to Indonesia climate goal

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Indonesia needs to quickly settle rules for deciding what is degraded land and spell out how much is available to palm oil and timber firms in order to strengthen investment certainty, an environmental expert says.

Such a move would also boost a $1-billion climate deal signed last month by Indonesia and Norway.

Jun 22, 2010

UN panel chair says may need to adjust HFC projects

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The most profitable projects under a U.N. carbon offset scheme may have claimed excessive emissions cuts and the amount issued to them could be adjusted, the head of a panel that governs the scheme said on Tuesday.

The $2.7 billion scheme under the Kyoto Protocol allows developing countries to claim carbon offsets for emissions cuts, and sell these to polluting companies in the developed world.

Jun 22, 2010

India cuts carbon stockpile, no rush to sell rest

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Developers of Indian clean-energy projects have winnowed down a stockpile of U.N.-backed carbon offsets, but are in no rush to sell the remainder as they hold out for higher prices.

Industry sources put the outstanding stockpile at up to 10 million tonnes, equivalent to about a month’s issuance under a U.N. scheme that rewards firms for cutting greenhouse gas output by allowing them to sell the saved emissions.

Jun 18, 2010

Scientists probe climate memories in vanishing glacier

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists have begun drilling ice cores at a shrinking tropical glacier in Indonesia to collect data on climate change, and hope their findings could lead to better predictions about crucial monsoon rains.

The team led by alpine glaciologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University is drilling near the summit of 4,884-metre (16,000-foot) Puncak Jaya on Indonesia’s part of New Guinea island.

Jun 10, 2010

Melting mountains put millions at risk in Asia – study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit.

A team of scientists in Holland studied the impacts of climate change on five major Asian rivers on which about 1.4 billion people, roughly a fifth of humanity, depend for water to drink and to irrigate crops.

May 31, 2010

Singapore chases green dollars in clean-tech race

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – White-gloved hands carefully pack azure blue solar cells at a vast new S$2.6 billion ($1.85 billion) plant that Singapore persuaded Norway’s Renewable Energy Corp to build in the city state.

The plant is the world’s largest of its type making solar wafers, cells and panels that harness the sun’s energy.

May 20, 2010

Sindicatum aims to launch $100 mln placement by June-CEO

SINGAPORE, May 20 (Reuters) – Clean-energy project
developer Sindicatum Carbon Capital hopes to launch a private
equity placement worth $100 million by next month ahead of
listing shares in the company, the group CEO said on Thursday.

Singapore-based Sindicatum has 28 projects in China, India,
Southeast Asia and the United States that aim to cut greenhouse
gas emissions. The group has a total of $310 million to invest,
including a fund of more than $200 million.

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      "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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