A scheme to collect millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and bury them under the North Sea off the coast of Rotterdam is Europe's best hope of showing it can make carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology work. Rotterdam, Europe's largest port, is the home to the sole survivor of a dozen European Union pilot plans to test CCS technology that has been thwarted by years of false starts. Fossil fuel and mining firms need to make CCS work if they are to avoid being left with "stranded assets", or energy resources whose value has to be written off because they fail to meet regulatory rules. Scientists say the technology is essential if the world is to meet targets to curb global warming because fossil fuels cannot be phased out quickly enough. However, industry has so far been reluctant to pay upfront costs to get the technology running. But that mood is changing as industry concedes that CCS is cheaper than abandoning assets and as political pressure grows following December's Paris … [Read more...] about Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases
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In a stinging defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US environmental officials have the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming. By a 5-4 vote, the nation's highest court told the US Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its refusal to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new cars and trucks that contribute to climate change. Morning commuters make their way through heavy smog on Interstate 5 near San Diego … [Read more...] about Court rules against Bush in global warming case
(CPV) – The UN-REDD Vietnam Program is assisting the Government of Vietnam in the Readiness Phase of REDD+. One of the key activities is the development of a National REDD+ Strategy. A team of national and international consultants has prepared a draft strategy for the National REDD+ Strategy as a basis for further discussion with government and civil society stakeholders. The drafting process began with a review of international experiences developing similar climate-related strategies, an assessment of how international best practice and UNFCCC guidance aligns with existing national policies. … [Read more...] about Developing a national REDD+ Strategy for Vietnam
Rubber companies in despair as price falls As rubber companies totally depend on export price, they are likely to fail in achieving their business targets for this year, with rubber prices currently at their lowest. Losing trend in the global rubber market started from 2012, mainly caused by the economic crisis, especially the sovereign-debt crisis in Europe which urged these countries to cut spending, seriously affecting automobile industry, leading to a slump in the rubber processing industry. Experts forecast that rubber prices would rebound in the first quarter of this year as global economy showed signs of recovery and China was expected to gradually regain growth while rubber supply declined, as rubber trees entered a low-productivity period. However, things happened differently. At the end of the first quarter of this year, RSS rubber future price on Tocom trading floor fell 16 percent compared to that in the beginning of this year, due to the ongoing European debt crisis, … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 29/5
Cleaning your plate may not help feed starving children today, but the time-worn advice of mothers everywhere may help reduce food waste from the farm to the fork, help the environment and make it easier to feed the world's growing population. Hard data is still being collected, but experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. The average American throws away 33 pounds of food each month -- about $40 worth -- according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which plans to publish a report on food waste in April. In a year, that means each person throws away almost 400 pounds of food, the weight of an adult male gorilla. (Graphic, U.S. food waste in 2010: link.reuters.com/fad27s ) The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23 percent of eggs and an even higher percentage of produce ends up in the trash. "We forget we have all these fresh fruits and … [Read more...] about Clean your plate, save the world?