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WMO celebrates 60 yr of service to human safety.

April 8, 2010

On World Meteorological Day, March 23, 2010, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated theme, WMO - 60 Years of Service for Your Safety and Well-Being. Event was celebrated by National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in 189 member states/territories. Achievements of WMO include alerts on thinning ozone layer/climate change and work on early weather warning systems. Organization held ceremony at Geneva headquarters which included presentation by Dr. Osvaldo F. Canziani. Read More

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Technological Collaboration formed to build artificial trees.

April 8, 2010

Columbia University and Global Research Technologies (GRT) have entered collaboration and licensing agreement for technology that extracts CO2 from atmosphere. Expectations are that, within 2 years, units would capture up to 1 ton of CO2 per day. Deemed synthetic trees, technology uses proprietary resins and processes to absorb CO2 from air at rates exceeding that of natural trees. With predicted lifespan of 15 years, products will consume minimal energy during carbon capture process. Read More

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Hydrothermal Vents have been located off Antarctica.

April 8, 2010

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found evidence of hydrothermal vents on seafloor near Antarctica. By analyzing thousands of oceanographic measurements, geochemist Gisela Winckler and her Lamont colleagues pinpointed 6 spots on remote Pacific Antarctic Ridge - approximately 2,000 miles from New Zealand and 1,000 miles from west coast of Antarctica - where vents are likely to be found. Those sites are described in published paper in Geophysical Research Letters journal. Read More

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EPA accepting applications for environmental training program.

April 8, 2010

U.S. EPA is accepting grant applications to help manage National Environmental Education Training Program over next 5 years. EPA will award one cooperative agreement, worth approximately $10 million over 5 years, which will provide teachers and other education professionals with resources and support to enable them to teach about environmental issues more effectively. Institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations in United States are eligible to apply. Read More

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EPA proposes adding 16 chemicals to TRI list.

April 8, 2010

Established as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Toxics Release Inventory list of reportable chemicals is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to list and has concluded, based on review of available studies, that these chemicals could cause cancer in people. Read More

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UNFCCC Report summarizes 2009 UN Climate Change Conference.

April 8, 2010

UN Climate Change Secretariat published results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Report details outcomes of UNFCCC Conference of Parties at its 15th session and Conference of Parties serving as meeting of Parties to Kyoto Protocol on its 5th session. Since closing of conference, UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80% of global emissions from energy use. Read More

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African Plan of Action devised to protect Indian Ocean.

April 8, 2010

Ministers and representatives of 10 African countries that share Western Indian Ocean signed agreement to protect their marine environment. Cooperatively devised, this 25-year program of action aims to ensure efficient management of marine and coastal environment in larger Eastern and Southern African regions. Specific issues addressed include increasing pollution of coastal waters, destruction/degradation of critical habitats, and challenges resulting from global climate change. Read More

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UNEP launches IEA training materials at GEO-5 event.

April 8, 2010

UNEP launched Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) Training Package alongside First Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Fifth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-5), in Nairobi, Kenya. Package includes training manual; community platform; e-learning modules, with interactive online training; and trainers database, which provides access to international network of experts. Manual is available in 6 official UN languages. Read More

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El Niño is in Decline but impacts may continue until Mid-2010.

April 8, 2010

El Niño event, which started in June 2009, continues to have widespread impacts. Effects have been seen in basin-wide Pacific Ocean conditions as well as climate patterns around world. Most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for El Niño to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across tropical Pacific. Even during its decay over next few months, conditions associated with El Niño will continue to influence climate patterns at least through second quarter of year. Read More

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Commitment to Green Electric Cars is needed in Europe.

April 7, 2010

Independent report, commissioned jointly by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and Transport and Environment, warned that putting more electric cars on the road could increase carbon emissions unless they run on green energy. The study warns that existing EU legislation on car emissions is flawed because it allows manufacturers to use sales of electric vehicles to offset continued production of gas-guzzling cars. Read More

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Heads of JODI review progress since 11th IEF Ministerial.

April 7, 2010

Ahead of 12th International Energy Forum, Heads of JODI organizations met in Cancun to review progress made since 11th IEF Ministerial, and to discuss development of Initiative going forward. Joint Oil Data Initiative, a global source of statistics on oil production, trade, consumption and storage, can help mitigate volatility by providing transparency to market. Heads of JODI organizations call on participating countries to further improve completeness and quality of data they submit to JODI. Read More

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Green Groups Sue European Commission over withheld biofuels documents.

April 7, 2010

On March 8 of 2010, coalition of environmental groups filed legal action against European Commission over its refusal to release documents which contain previously undisclosed information on negative climate impacts of widespread biofuel use in EU. Lawsuit alleges several violations of European laws designed to promote transparency, democracy, and legitimacy in EU policy-making. Efforts to gain access to information began October 15 of 2009. Read More

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EPA Energy Star Leaders quadruple savings in 2009.

April 7, 2010

EPA Energy Star Leaders prevented equivalent of over 220,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released and saved more than $48 million across commercial building portfolios in 2009. Milestones include 10% energy reduction across portfolio, which 58 organizations met, and top performer category, which requires buildings to perform in top 25% of similar structures, which 75% of Energy Star Leaders met. Over 100 organizations have been listed as Energy Star Leaders since 2004. Read More

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CCX Integrates Best Practices into offset project protocols.

April 7, 2010

CCX® integrated internationally recognized best practices into offset project protocols. Specifically, ISO 14064-2:2006 and ISO 14064-3:2006 are integrated into project protocols, program guidance documentation, and processes. Further integration of best practice greenhouse gas accounting methods is also specified, as are enhancements to program forms and documentation. Various project management protocols have also been included. Read More

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T&E states that motor lobby attack on van CO2 law lacks credibility.

April 7, 2010

According to T and E, some of Europe's biggest-selling vans are already close to meeting proposed EU CO2 targets for 2016 after making improvements in fuel efficiency this year. European Commission's proposal for binding CO2 targets for vans states that manufacturers should cut van emissions to 175 g of carbon dioxide per km by 2016. Meanwhile, car industry lobby continues to claim that EU proposals for binding reduction targets are unrealistic. That claim is not credible, says T and E. Read More

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Report Details Projected Costs of generating electricity.

April 7, 2010

Joint study by International Energy Agency (IEA) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition, concludes future electricity costs will depend on costs of raising financial capital and price of carbon. Presented by IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri, report comprises latest data on costs of electricity generation for various fuels and technologies and establishes global benchmark for power supply costs. Read More

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IEA commends Italy on progress in energy policy.

April 7, 2010

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Italy 2009 Review acknowledges that Italy has succeeded in diversifying gas supply routes, added electricity generating capacity, and is in the process of further diversifying fuels for electricity generation. However, Review points out that country's energy sector needs integrated long-term vision and that it remains vulnerable in several respects, such as high dependency on electricity imports and long delays in infrastructure development. Read More

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NREL and 3M sign agreement on renewable energy research.

April 7, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL announced series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with 3M that establish joint investigations in 3 key areas of innovation. Areas include moisture barrier films and flexible packaging for CIGS thin film solar cells; reflective coatings to protection and enhance performance of mirrors used in concentrating solar power; and alternatives to ethanol biofuel distillation that will increase throughput in production plants. Read More

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RMMSDC Names NREL as corporation of the year.

April 7, 2010

Minority business advocacy group named US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as its corporation of the year, citing contracts with and outreach towards minority-owned businesses. Award was determined by heads of minority-owned businesses who are members of Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC), which said NREL has provided needed opportunities to its members. "NREL has been a strong supporter," said RMMSDC President/CEO Stan Sena. Read More

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EPA Recognizes leaders in energy efficiency.

April 7, 2010

US EPA is honoring 110 select manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, home builders, and other organizations as 2010 Energy Star award winners. Specifically, organizations are being recognized for long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. Each winner falls into one of 3 major award categories: Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Excellence. Read More