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Aug 16, 2011

Special Report: How Indonesia crippled its own climate change

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In July 2010, U.S. investor Todd Lemons and Russian energy giant Gazprom believed they were just weeks from winning final approval for a landmark forest preservation project in Indonesia.

A year later, the project is close to collapse, a casualty of labyrinthine Indonesian bureaucracy, opaque laws and a secretive palm oil company.

Aug 16, 2011

How Indonesia crippled its own climate change project

SINGAPORE, Aug 16 (Reuters) – In July 2010, U.S. investor
Todd Lemons and Russian energy giant Gazprom believed they were
just weeks from winning final approval for a landmark forest
preservation project in Indonesia.

A year later, the project is close to collapse, a casualty
of labyrinthine Indonesian bureaucracy, opaque laws and a
secretive palm oil company.

Aug 11, 2011

Climate scientists shine new light on methane mystery

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Atmospheric levels of methane, 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) at trapping heat, stayed steady for two decades to 2006 on wider fertilizer use to grow rice or a surge in natural gas demand, according to two separate studies in the journal Nature.

Climate researcher Fuu Ming Kai from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Singapore research center said in one study that methane output from rice fields in the Northern Hemisphere dropped during the period as fertilizers replaced manure and because of reduced water use.

Aug 5, 2011

Crops with deeper roots capture more carbon, fight drought:study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Creating crops with deeper roots could soak up much more carbon dioxide from the air, help mankind fight global warming and lead to more drought-tolerant varieties, a British scientist says in a study.

Douglas Kell of the University of Manchester says crops can play a crucial role in tackling climate change by absorbing more of mankind’s rising greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Aug 5, 2011

Crops with deeper roots capture more carbon, fight drought

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Creating crops with deeper roots could soak up much more carbon dioxide from the air, help mankind fight global warming and lead to more drought-tolerant varieties, a British scientist says in a study.

Douglas Kell of the University of Manchester says crops can play a crucial role in tackling climate change by absorbing more of mankind’s rising greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Jul 22, 2011

Indonesia green power steams ahead as economy booms

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia can’t get enough power to feed its booming economy and fortunately for Mochamad Sofyan, investors are lining up to invest billions of dollars in the country’s growing green power sector.

Sofyan, head of the new and renewable energy division at state utility PLN, is busier than ever as an increasing number of foreign and local firms file into his office looking to invest in geothermal, hydro and biomass power projects.

Jul 14, 2011

Study shows forests have bigger role in slowing climate change

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The world’s forests can play an even greater role in fighting climate change than previously thought, scientists say in the most comprehensive study yet on how much carbon dioxide forests absorb from the air.

The study may also boost a U.N.-backed program that aims to create a global market in carbon credits from projects that protect tropical forests. If these forests are locking away more carbon than thought, such projects could become more valuable.

Jul 13, 2011

As CO2 levels rise, land becomes less able to curb warming:study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Wetlands, forests and farmlands soak up large amounts of carbon dioxide but rising amounts of the gas in the atmosphere mean these carbon “sinks” could become less effective at fighting climate change.

Scientists say land ecosystems are an essential brake on the pace of climate change because plants soak up large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) as they grow. This also boosts the level of carbon in soils.

Jul 12, 2011

Carbon credits for Reliance Power coal plant stoke criticism

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Environmentalists criticised the United Nations on Tuesday after it ruled that a large Indian coal-fired power project is eligible to earn carbon credits worth $165 million at current prices.

Several green organisations said the U.N. rules, or methodology, applied to the 4,000 MW supercritical plant owned by Reliance Power were flawed and that the project was viable without the sweeteners of tradeable carbon credits called certified emissions reductions (CERs).

Jul 12, 2011

Carbon credits for India coal power plant stoke criticism

SINGAPORE, July 12 (Reuters) – Environmentalists criticised
the United Nations on Tuesday after it ruled that a large Indian
coal-fired power project is eligible to earn carbon credits
worth $165 million at current prices.

Several green organisations said the U.N. rules, or
methodology, applied to the 4,000 MW supercritical plant owned
by Reliance Power were flawed and that the project was
viable without the sweeteners of tradeable carbon credits called
certified emissions reductions (CERs) .

    • 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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