Environment Forum

from UK News:

Are you losing faith in climate science?

February 26, 2010

climatechangeWhile attending a meeting of prominent climate sceptics during the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December (an anti-COP15, if you will), I listened to each of the speakers put forward their theory on why conventional evidence on the primary causes of climate change should be dismissed as, for lack of a better phrase, complete hokum.

Is Bloom Energy the next GE?

February 23, 2010


Updated on Feb 24.

The blogosphere is rumbling with anticipation of the  “Bloom Box”, a pint-sized “power plant” that could change the way we power our homes and offices forever.

Shale Gas Valuation Index

February 20, 2010

Following is the Thomson Reuters North America Shale Gas Valuation Index, based on closing share prices from Feb. 18.

from Summit Notebook:

Awaiting the alternative energy sukuk: Innovation vs conservatism

February 19, 2010

MANAMA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Dubai’s debt fiasco and real estate bubble bust pushes investors to look out for alternative assets underlying Islamic finance products – could renewable energy provide a way-out?

Goldilocks and the three fuels

February 18, 2010


— Richard Heinberg is the author of eight books, including “Peak Everything”, “Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis” and “The Party’s Over”. He is also a senior fellow with the Post Carbon Institute. The views expressed are his own. —

Shale Gas Valuation Index

February 18, 2010

Following is the Thomson Reuters North America Shale Gas Valuation Index, based on closing share prices from Feb. 17.

from The Great Debate:

California tilts towards cap and refund

February 16, 2010


-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

California is set to auction all or almost all allowances under its emissions trading programme, and rebate up to 75 percent of the proceeds to households through a lump sum payment or reductions in income and sales taxes.
The proposals, contained in a draft recommendation from the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee (EAAC) to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), are in sharp contrast to the proposed federal programme, stalled in Congress, which would give away most permits to utilities and other energy intensive industries.
Since California's proposed programme is one of the most advanced, and would be the largest and most comprehensive in the country, with links to other states through the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), the decision gives significant impetus to proponents of the cap and refund approach, now emerging as a credible alternative in Congress.

That Dutch sinking feeling

February 15, 2010

How much of the Netherlands is below sea level? dutch

a) 60 percent

b) 55 percent

c) about half

d) 26 percent

It sounds like a trivia quiz but it’s part of a scientific controversy about the environment. The worrying thing is that a lot of people who should know don’t.

Retailers reject oil sands — a good move?

February 12, 2010


Two big U.S. retail chains have turned their back on Canada’s oil sands, a move that was both hailed and derided, split as you might expect along environmental lines.

Venezuela tries to make it rain

February 11, 2010

global_post_logo This article by Charlie Devereux originally appeared in GlobalPost.

Flying high over Venezuela’s southeastern territories, a plane banks and fires into a mass of clouds.