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News from April 2007

2007 U.S.-EU Summit Economic Progress Report

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At the 2006 U.S.-EU Summit in Vienna, we committed to redouble our efforts to promote economic growth and innovation and reduce the barriers to transatlantic trade and investment by implementing all aspects of the 2005 Initiative to Enhance Transatlantic Economic Integration and Growth (2005 Economic Initiative). We endorsed the new Action Strategy for the Enforcement […]


Many methods, one basic idea shape new oil-shale technology

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Iran oil, gas production on the rise

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Iran’s oil production is expected to exceed 5.316 Mln barrels per day by the end of the country’s 5th Development Plan (early 2015). “The volume of global gas consumption is expected to exceed coal in 2012 and the volume of global oil consumption is to be raised from the current 80 Mln barrels per day […]


Oil Companies Created ‘Shortage’ That Is Driving Record Pump Prices

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Even as crude oil prices fell slightly today, gasoline prices continued a rocket trajectory upward due to “supply shortages” resulting from a combination of ineptness and greed on the part of oil companies, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Analysts blamed new refinery outages in Texas and Oklahoma, while a spokesman for the […]


The rich world’s policy on greenhouse gas now seems clear: millions will die

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Rich nations seeking to cut climate change have this in common: they lie. You won’t find this statement in the draft of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was leaked to the Guardian last week. But as soon as you understand the numbers, the words form before your eyes. The […]


Rich Oilfield Discovered in Northern Kuwait

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Kuwaiti Minister of Oil Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah announced Monday that a rich oil field was discovered in northern Kuwait, the official KUNA news agency reported. In a statement, Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah said that initial examination of the site proved it contained a huge amount of light oil and affiliate gas, but he did not […]


Seeing the trees for the forest

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After completing a two-year pilot phase, scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center are expanding the scope of the “National Biomass and Carbon Dataset” for the year 2000 (NBCD2000), the first ever inventory of its kind, by moving into the production phase. Through a combination of NASA satellite datasets, topographic survey data, land use/land cover […]


UK’s Wave Hub Proceeds with $43 M Investment

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The first large-scale wave farm, set to be built 10 miles off the coast of Cornwall in South West England, is now one step closer to becoming a reality with approval of GBP 21.5 million [US$42.9 million] in funding. The investment means Wave Hub could be operational as early as summer 2008, subject to final […]


Question to the Readership

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Brookline, Massachusetts is in the early stages of considering a raise in the automobile excise tax (car property tax) on all vehicles under 8,500 pounds which do not exceed a specific fuel economy (mpg) standard. The details are not finalized. The question to the readership is: what other municipalities in the US (or elsewhere) charge […]


World’s First Hydrogen Bus Fleet One Step Closer

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The Province is a step closer to deploying the world fuelcellsworks greencarcongress


The only glacier in Germany is melting due to global warming

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Germans spread tarps over part of the glacier and make other efforts to protect the glacier from melting each summer. Some wonder why Germany doesn’t do more to counteract greenhouse warming. Germany is the 6th largest producer of CO2 in the world. cnn


Arctic melt faster than forecast

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Arctic ice is melting faster than computer models of climate calculate, according to a group of US researchers. Since 1979, the Arctic has been losing summer ice at about 9% per decade, but models on average produce a melting rate less than half that figure. bbc greencarcongress


US recognizes warming threat but drags feet on remedies

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – As the world’s largest emitter of carbon-dioxide, the United States has shrugged off blame for global warming and continues to question recommended methods for slowing down the trend. The administration of US President George W. Bush has long rejected the role of human activity on the phenomenon, even as experts estimate that […]


Pakistan: Drastic energy-saving measures on the cards

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ISLAMABAD, April 29: The government is set to introduce this week drastic measures for energy conservation, including closure of commercial activities after sunset and possibly two weekly public holidays, to overcome the energy crisis in the country. This is part of a larger A senior official told Dawn on Sunday that the prime minister had […]


Global Warming Happening on Mars

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Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake. Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.Since […]


Vinod Khosla funds green chemistry start-up Segetis

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Mix Soviet chemists, Silicon Valley capital and Minnesota know-how and a promising cleantech company is born. Segetis Inc. aims to develop chemical products made from biomass as alternatives to petrochemical products. The hot topic in venture-capital circles these days is ‘the bioeconomy’ and the Minnesota start-up founded by a pair of Russian chemists with big […]


Bay Area crash yielding commuters

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Bus, ferry operators expand service after fiery weekend overpass accident OAKLAND, Calif. – Bay Area residents began potentially their worst commute in almost two decades Monday, a day after one of the region


9 freed after Ethiopian oil attack

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Seven Chinese oil workers and two Africans kidnapped during a rebel attack on a Chinese oil field near the Somali border were released Sunday. The Red Cross was taking the men to a safe location to be turned over the Ethiopian and Chinese authorities, said Patrick Megevand, spokesman for the International […]


Apocalypse later … maybe

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Commentary: Once-strident commodities letter more subdued about oil …There was a time when I could rely on Outstanding Investments for a resounding apocalyptical quote. How about this, from two years ago: “… For every SIX barrels of oil currently consumed, only one new barrel is discovered. And that number is getting worse there were only […]


UK: Gas shortage warning as Government fails to act on storage

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…The failure leaves Britain Only a streamlining of planning procedures, in keeping with the Government


Trend could spell trouble for malls

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The American mall, with its department store anchors, culinarily challenged food courts, concrete shells and native denizen, “the mall rat,” is becoming an endangered species. One anchor mall is being built in 2007 and none are planned for 2008. What is being built in massive quantities are “off-the-mall” retail and urban-friendly, largely upscale, open-air lifestyle […]


Costa Rica: Power Rationing to Continue Today

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Costa Rica’s energy crisis continued to be felt Friday and Saturday as residents in some parts of country dealt with power outages, and more rolling blackouts are planned for today, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute’s (ICE) Web site. A schedule of the blackouts is posted on www.grupoice.com. Viewers can click on the blue […]


EU: Public consultation on biofuel issues

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The European Commission has launched a public consultation on ‘biofuel issues in the new legislation on the promotion of renewable energy’, addressing issues such as how to achieve a 10% biofuel share and how to ensure environmental sustainability. The consultation follows upon the recently adopted Energy Policy for Europe. This included a proposal for a […]


Climate Change Sees Fish Grow Faster in Warmer Water

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Climate change is affecting the growth of fish, with those living in warmer, shallow waters growing faster and species in cooling deep ocean waters growing slower, according to an Australian study. The research by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found fish were growing faster in waters above a depth of 250 metres […]


Do the Liberal Democrats’ beloved green principles really hold up to scrutiny?

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While they’re often painted as the greenest of the major political parties, up and down the country the Liberal Democrats have been supporting climate-wrecking projects and opposing climate-friendly ones. Take flying: Huhne said, “The growth of aviation is unsustainable in environmental terms … Liberal Democrats have long advocated that action needs to be taken to […]


SUPER-IMPERIALISM: The Shameful Legacy Of Liberal Democrats

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…When super-imperialism is fully understood, the As a result of the mass exodus to cities, food prices have soared in numerous developing countries so that people who have relocated in cities are working primarily to get the money to buy the food they eat. Thus, says Hudson, the World Bank has been


Slick way to address oil thirst

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Oil is the oxygen of our economy. What would happen if oil supplies dried up? That’s the story behind a new computer game launching today, “World Without Oil” at www.worldwithoutoil.org. This game, which can be played for free over the Internet, isn’t purely make believe. It’s meant to draw attention to the real possibility of […]


Protect God’s creation: Vatican issues new green message for world’s Catholics

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The Vatican yesterday added its voice to a rising chorus of warnings from churches around the world that climate change and abuse of the environment is against God’s will, and that the one billion-strong Catholic church must become far greener. At a Vatican conference on climate change, Pope Benedict urged bishops, scientists and politicians – […]


Animal Extinction – the greatest threat to mankind

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You probably had no idea. Few do. A poll by the American Museum of Natural History finds that seven in 10 biologists believe that mass extinction poses a colossal threat to human existence, a more serious environmental problem than even its contributor, global warming; and that the dangers of mass extinction are woefully underestimated by […]


Qatar Oil Minister: High Price Due To Geopolitics, Not Shortage

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Crude oil prices, which have rebounded to September highs, are mostly supported by geopolitics, not tight crude oil inventories, Qatari Oil Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah said Sunday. “We have no indication of any shortage of supply,” Attiyah said in a telephone interview. He added, therefore, there isn’t any reason for OPEC to meet soon […]


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