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May 5, 2011

Green energy can wean off subsidies, gradually

LONDON (Reuters) – Government support for renewable energy must end gradually and in tandem with cuts in fossil fuel subsidies, say investors and lobbyists who complain bitterly about unpredictable chopping of incentives.

Most green energy sources still struggle to compete with fossil fuels except in favorable areas, for example for onshore wind in coastal areas of western Europe or in Texas.

Apr 27, 2011

Green claims of diesel cars disputed

LONDON (Reuters) – Modern diesel cars may not be as clean as previously thought, say some experts as regulators try to roll out industry standards to satisfy “green” consumers.

Filter technologies have cleaned up diesel cars traditionally viewed as far more polluting than gasoline rivals, but their soot emissions are now underestimated, say some analysts.

Apr 27, 2011

Analysis: Green claims of diesel cars disputed

LONDON (Reuters) – Modern diesel cars may not be as clean as previously thought, say some experts as regulators try to roll out industry standards to satisfy “green” consumers.

Filter technologies have cleaned up diesel cars traditionally viewed as far more polluting than gasoline rivals, but their soot emissions are now underestimated, say some analysts.

Apr 17, 2011

Scientists want climate change early-warning system

LONDON (Reuters) – A better monitoring network for greenhouses gases is needed to warn of significant changes and to keep countries that have agreed to cut their emissions honest, scientists said in papers published Monday.

“What we’re hoping to do is see if the warming is feeding the warming, particularly in the Arctic,” said Euan Nisbet, a specialist in methane emissions at the University of London.

Apr 12, 2011

FourWinds launches agriculture fund, plans another

LONDON (Reuters) – Commodities investor FourWinds Capital Management has launched a new agriculture fund and plans another later this year, targeting futures and physical assets respectively, its head of UK told Reuters on Tuesday.

Agricultural commodities are roaring with U.S. wheat up 68 percent in the past 12 months against a backdrop of soaring demand and supply constraints including a poor Black Sea harvest last year.

Apr 7, 2011

McKinsey defends its climate costs slide rule

LONDON (Reuters) – Global consulting firm McKinsey on Thursday played down suggestions that it had underestimated the costs to farmers and industry of making cuts in carbon emissions.

Governments around the world want to know the cost of low-carbon technologies to choose the cheapest path to fight climate change and overhaul the world’s energy system.

Apr 6, 2011

Russia, Turkey climate action insufficient: EBRD

LONDON (Reuters) – Insufficient support is holding back climate action across the bloc of former communist countries and Turkey, an EBRD report said on Wednesday.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development called for a sweeping system of carbon pricing, whether through taxes or cap and trade schemes, across the region which extends from eastern Europe through to Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Apr 4, 2011

“Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.

Apr 3, 2011

Analysis: “Peak Everything” may mute Fukushima backlash

LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) – Political support may be holding for nuclear power and offshore oil, despite the Fukushima and Macondo disasters, as decision-makers confront climate change and dwindling domestic energy reserves.

A theory of “Peak Everything” suggests we are running short of vital assets such as clean water, carbon-free air, some minerals, fish stocks or the cheap fossil fuels which have powered the world economy and helped curb the price of food.

Mar 25, 2011

Japan nuclear reactor cores likely intact: experts

LONDON (Reuters) – Higher radiation in water seeping from Japan’s stricken nuclear reactor is not likely to be a sign of damage to the central container of uranium fuel, experts said Friday.

Damage to a central pressure vessel has always been the most feared development since the crisis caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, as these vessels contain the hottest, most radioactive fuel in the power plant’s reactors.

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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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