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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.

Aug 17, 2011

Vestas strong orders underscore Western edge in wind

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) – Danish wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) wrong-footed investors on Wednesday, announcing a bulging order book which underscored a western edge over China rivals and contrasted with solar two days after U.S.-based Evergreen Solar’s (ESLR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bankruptcy filing.

The statement helped Vestas Wind Systems A/S shares bounce more than 20 percent from Tuesday’s more than six-year low and buoyed the sector a week after it was depressed by a profit warning from Germany’s Nordex SE (NDXG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Aug 11, 2011

Low-carbon assets hurt as economic outlook sinks

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – A dimming economic outlook has cut the prospects
for low-carbon stocks and commodities, vulnerable to a credit squeeze and
falling climate priority, though continuing demand to build and replace power
generation provides support.

Particular winners may include efficiency technologies as some countries
pare back nuclear power.

Aug 9, 2011

Money-spinning China carbon scheme may end with loss

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors in a World Bank-backed carbon offset project in China may make a small loss in 2013, after a European Union ban, but could still net more than $800 million over the seven-year life of the project.

The project was launched in the mid-2000s in the heyday of emissions trading, which has in recent years suffered scandals including fraud and cyber theft, while carbon prices have slumped lately on gloomy world economic prospects.

Aug 5, 2011

Carbon offsets near record low, worst performing commodity

LONDON (Reuters) – Carbon offsets neared all-time lows Friday, confirming their status as the world’s worst performing commodity, as slumping demand meets rising supply of the U.N. instrument traded under the Kyoto Protocol.

A worsening global economic outlook has dented prices for emissions permits which depend on a robust economy belching greenhouse gases into the air, and has also impacted oil, grains, coal and natural gas.

Jul 21, 2011

Ideal carbon capture solution years off -study

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – A dream climate change cure to
turn planet-warming greenhouse gases into useful products from
jet fuel to plastics will take years to develop from the lab and
pilot projects, a report found on Thursday.

Pilot projects already use carbon dioxide (CO2) to feed
plants, for example to boost tomatoes in glasshouses, while
laboratories have tested the manufacture of concrete, plastics
and oils, but costs are high and projects depend on concentrated
streams of CO2.

Jul 19, 2011

European solar sector feels heat from China

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – A $1.2 billion write-down by
solar equipment maker REC on Tuesday highlighted the
pain being inflicted by aggressive Chinese competition and may
herald wider consolidation in the sector and flattening of
prices.

REC produces equipment across the supply chain from slices
of raw, solar-grade silicon, called wafers, to finished solar
panels.

Jul 15, 2011

U.N. CO2 panel to review, not halt, coal plant support

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.N. panel that oversees a $1.5 billion trade in carbon offsets has rejected advice to suspend support for new coal plants, proposing a review instead, its chairman Martin Hession said on Friday.

The panel, called the executive board, manages a trade in carbon offsets where rich countries pay for developing country projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions on their behalf.

Jul 14, 2011

CO2 capture will need support beyond 2020-study

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Power plants fitted with carbon
capture technology will need government support beyond 2020,
especially following a sharp drop in European carbon prices, an
EU and industry-funded study found on Friday.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), untested at the commercial
scale, is meant to trap and bury carbon dioxide emissions from
fossil fuel power plants.

Jul 14, 2011

Carbon dating technique to aid energy from waste

LONDON (Reuters) – A new use for carbon dating will aid the production of energy from wood and waste, said a bio-energy group on Thursday after British regulatory approval of the new test.

Carbon dating is commonly used to estimate the age of ancient artifacts, exploiting the fact that a particular type of carbon disappears, or decays, at a fixed rate, so that the amount left behind clocks how much time has passed.

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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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