Environment Forum

Taiwan seeks to participate in U.N. climate convention

October 26, 2009

Taiwan, hit by its worst typhoon in 50 years in August, has found a culprit for the disaster that killed about 770 people and begun using it to get precious attention overseas where the island is usually overlooked in favour of its giant political rival China.

from Summit Notebook:

60-hour work weeks, all in the name of climate change

September 10, 2009

Some politicians may be accused of dragging their heels when it comes to dealing with climate change, but you can't say members of the United Nations' Clean Development Mechanism's executive board aren't clocking in the hours.

Carbon ahoy! Who should pay to clean up ships, and what they carry?

March 31, 2009

The U.S.  is out to create a clean-air zone around its coastlines, targeting diesel ships that look pretty dirty from shore. The cost will be only a penny per pair of sneakers, the EPA advises. Of course the cost of shoes can sneak up on you — the total is $3.2 billion per year by 2020. Health savings will more than compensate for costs, they say.

‘Borrowing’ water, Chinese style

February 27, 2009

“The south has plenty of water and the north lacks it, so if possible why not borrow some?” China’s revolutionary communist leader Mao Zedong said in 1952.

Will Obama see the forest for the trees?

January 20, 2009

A Chinese campaigner has urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to prove his green credentials, asking him to offset the emissions generated by his inauguration by funding a forest in China.

Obama honeymoon short-lived at U.N. climate talks

December 3, 2008

After one of the briefest honeymoons in history, developing nations at U.N. climate change talks in Poland are saying that President-elect Barack Obama’s goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions don’t go far enough.

“Post 2012″ strikes fear in carbon market players

October 30, 2008

No pun intended but for the world’s carbon community, times are looking a little black.

Coal growth forecast to reign for decades

June 25, 2008

eia.jpgRenewable power sources like wind and solar are some of the fastest growing sectors in the energy business.

Chinese turtle species depends on two very old zoo guests

May 23, 2008

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The fate of a Chinese species may rest on whether the turtles in this photo mate.