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Sep 22, 2011

Green indices muddy sustainable investing-Gerard Wynn

LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Sustainability data can help
spot winners in a future, greener economy, but only with active
political lobbying to abolish fossil fuels subsidies, for
example, as sagging equity markets revive talk of alternative
investment approaches.

Environmental social and governance (ESG) data measure
performance in areas like health and safety, labour rights,
corruption and transparency on carbon emissions reporting.

Sep 20, 2011

Analysis: Extreme steps needed to meet climate target

LONDON (Reuters) – New research, to be published in the journal Climatic Change in November, suggests humankind may have to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere on a vast scale if emissions keep rising after 2020.

The series of articles provide scenarios which will form the basis of the next report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 and 2014.

Sep 14, 2011

Greenpeace shifts climate focus to industry from U.N.

LONDON (Reuters) – Greenpeace has shifted its campaign focus toward confronting polluting companies, away from lobbying deadlocked U.N. climate talks, the global head of the environmental group told Reuters on the eve of its 40th anniversary.

The group was exploring a new strategy to target banks which backed fossil fuel companies and nuclear power as well as forest destruction, said Kumi Naidoo.

Sep 13, 2011

Summer Arctic sea ice melt at or near record

LONDON (Reuters) – Arctic sea ice this summer melted to a record low extent or will come a close second, two different research institutes said Tuesday, confirming a trend which could yield an ice-free summer within a decade.

The five biggest melts in a 32-year satellite record have all happened in the past five years, likely a result of both manmade climate change and natural weather patterns.

Sep 7, 2011

Witness: Arctic ice breaks up as polar bears stalk ship

500 MILES FROM THE NORTH POLE (Reuters) – Stepping onto an Arctic ice floe on Monday, an unusually mild, easterly breeze blew at the end of the annual summer melt. The footprints of two polar bears from the night before were disintegrating in a dusting of snow.

At nearly 81 degrees latitude, the air temperature was 2.5 degrees Celsius — normal for a winter’s day in Europe but rather mild for the high Arctic, even in late summer. The previous day had been 4 degrees colder.

Sep 7, 2011

Arctic ice breaks up as polar bears stalk ship

500 MILES FROM THE NORTH POLE (Reuters) – Stepping onto an Arctic ice floe on Monday, an unusually mild, easterly breeze blew at the end of the annual summer melt. The footprints of two polar bears from the night before were disintegrating in a dusting of snow.

At nearly 81 degrees latitude, the air temperature was 2.5 degrees Celsius — normal for a winter’s day in Europe but rather mild for the high Arctic, even in late summer. The previous day had been 4 degrees colder.

Sep 7, 2011

Experts drill Arctic ice to fathom speed of melt

500 MILES OFF THE NORTH POLE, Sept 7 (Reuters) – As polar
bears stalked their ship, scientists drilled into the Arctic sea
ice this week to try and figure out why it’s disappearing so
fast.

The disintegrating ice floes — each half the size of a
football field — floated among narrow lanes of open water next
to the Arctic Sunrise, the Greenpeace ice breaker likely to be
the most northerly ship in the world, according to ice pilot
Arne Sorensen.

Sep 5, 2011

Total Arctic sea ice at record low in 2010: study

500 MILES FROM THE NORTH POLE (Reuters) – The minimum summertime volume of Arctic sea ice fell to a record low last year, researchers said in a study to be published shortly, suggesting that thinning of the ice had outweighed a recovery in area.

The study estimated that last year broke the previous, 2007 record for the minimum volume of ice, which is calculated from a combination of sea ice area and thickness.

Sep 1, 2011

Arctic sea ice shrinks, ice free summer looms

OFF SVALBARD, Norway (Reuters) – Arctic sea ice cover has already shrunk to its third lowest level on record this year, in an irreversible trend which may see an ice-free summer around 2030, said the head of the world’s main monitoring centre.

The sea ice area will be reduced further in the next two weeks but was unlikely to beat a 2007 retreat in a 32-year satellite data record, said Mark Serreze, director of the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

Aug 18, 2011

Biomass key for low-carbon energy, spurs food prices

LONDON (Reuters) – Greater use of woody fuels is vital to slash global carbon emissions but fast advances in crop yields will be needed to avoid driving up food prices, members of Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found.

Biofuels are already widely used in the United States, Europe and Brazil to substitute for gasoline and diesel, but are made from crops including sugar, oilseeds and corn which has driven concerns they are stoking food prices.

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      "Based in London, for four years I have helped coordinate Reuters global coverage of green business and environmental markets. I focus on policies and investment related to renewable energy, carbon markets, energy efficiency and emerging clean technologies including electric cars. I also cover UN climate negotiations, biodiversity, land use and climate science. Previously I covered distressed M&A and credit markets on the corporate finance desk."
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