Sunday, September 03, 2006

Newsletter of the Week: E-carbon news

As alway e-carbon news has more interesting infor than i can posibly summarise so have a look at the whole newsletter. My pick of the news is bellow. I may pick a few more tomorrow, truly a great news letter.

1. 280th mayor signs up to action on climate change.

By becoming the first Idaho mayor but the 280th in the United States to sign
the US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter committed Boise to meet or beat the targets of the Kyoto Protocol. Boise goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7 per cent from 1990 levels by 2012, to urge state and federal governments to meet a similar goal, and to advocate a federal emissions-trading system.16 August Idaho Statesman

2. Legislation on c02 to spur economic growth.

"On the day that UC Berkeley issued a study concluding that tighter
greenhouse gas emissions legislation in California would spur billions in
economic activity and create thousands of jobs as companies invest in new energy
technology, a prominent venture capitalist broke with business critics of the
legislation and said laws to reduce emissions would spur a new wave of clean
energy, with entrepreneurs going out to "compete and innovate to bring enormous solutions to the market"

3. In the US federal regulation of emmissions is comming.

The President of the American Public Power Association, Alan Richardson,
representing 15 per cent of United States power generation, is convinced that
federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is coming and that emitters need
to get ready for it. "The issue is no longer whether there is a human
contribution to global warming but the extent of that contribution," he said.
There is, he added, "an emerging public consensus and a building political
directive that inaction is not a viable strategy

4. New UNFCC head

Dutch climate expert Yvo de Boer has been appointed Executive Secretary of
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

5. Biofuels could have opposite of intended effects.

Biofuels could mean increases in fuel prices passed on to drivers, and
the rush to plant more crops for biofuels could result in burning swathes of
virgin forest cleared for cultivation
. Compared to conventional fuels,
biofuels are still uneconomic in developed countries unless they have
favourable tax treatments.

Climate Change Action

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