Saturday, May 26, 2007

Climate News Update: World Business Council on Sustainable Development



Energy efficiency a growing corporate concern -- survey
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Greenwire, 18 May 2007 - Nearly eight out of 10 corporate building managers expect energy costs to rise significantly during the next year, according to a new survey commissioned by building systems provider Johnson Controls Inc.
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No excuse for lack of action on climate change: UN
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AFP, 18 May 2007 - Governments must act decisively to avert a global climate catastrophe, the UN's chief official on climate change said Friday after talks to lay the ground for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
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Clinton Climate Initiative Offers $5B to Green Cities' Buildings
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GreenBiz.com, 17 May 2007 - At this week's C40 Large Cities Climate Summit here, companies, cities and organizations have announced plans and programs to help cities fight global warming. But yesterday, former U.S. president Bill Clinton trumped them all with the announcement of his $5 billion program to renovate municipal buildings at cities worldwide.
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Climate issue now 'conventional' in US, S&P says
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Environmental Finance, 17 May 2007 - Climate change has moved from "controversial" to "conventional" in the US, according to Standard & Poor's, although costs are difficult to estimate since control technologies are uncertain.
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Wave power tipped as 'holy grail' for Australia
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AFP, 17 May 2007 - New technology harnessing wave energy could be the "holy grail" for providing electricity and drinking water to Australia's major cities, Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane said Thursday.
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Companies see need for Energy Executive
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GLOBE-Net, 16 May 2007 - Most companies do not have an energy strategy in place despite concerns over climate change, and the majority of executives now see a need for a 'Chief Energy Officer' to manage strategic energy issues, according to a recent survey.
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Emissions rising in both rich and poor countries
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GLOBE-Net, 16 May 2007 - Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise, with the world producing 16 percent more CO2 today than in 1990, according to the World Bank's Little Green Data Book 2007, launched at United Nations Sustainable Development meeting which is focused on issues of energy and climate change.
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Asian and European Firms Lead World on Carbon Cuts
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GreenBiz.com, 15 May 2007 - Nearly a third of companies currently have no way of monitoring their own carbon emissions, or the indirect emissions of their supply chain, and they have no plan to begin doing so, a new survey of global executives has found.
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Biofuels: The New Trade Frontier?
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Bridges, 15 May 2007 - Fuelled by concerns over climate change and energy security, as well as rapidly increasing commercial interest, emerging patterns in biofuel production and trade are generating both international co-operation and growing unease over trade terms.
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(Above: biofuels are promoted as a green energy source but are actually one of the main drivers of tropical deforestation)

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