Climate change predicted to cause more extreme weather

A review of emergency planning and response to this month’s wind storms will further improve the ability of government, industry and the community to deal with such incidents, according to the Victorian Government. More than 420,000 residents across Victoria were left without power at the height of the storms on 2 April 2008, according to […]

Australian Coal Association proposes environment alliance

An alliance between industry, union and environment organisations has called on the Federal Government to establish a National Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce to combat climate change. The new taskforce, proposed by the Australian Coal Association, the CFMEU, The Climate Institute and WWF, would be charged with developing and implementing a nationally coordinated plan to […]

Energy efficiency project to reduce CO2 by 34,000 tonnes/year

An energy efficiency project in Andhra Pradesh, India is the 1000th project to be registered by the CDM. The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 34,000 tonnes annually. “The CDM has passed another milestone, time to reflect on our success and redouble our efforts to improve and expand the mechanism,” said […]

Cost of European Carbon

The price of European carbon closed on Tuesday at €25.05, up only €0.05 from Monday’s closing price of €25.00 for the benchmark December 2008 contract. Traders said that with carbon prices at their highest for almost 11 months many market participants opted to take some profits on long positions. The December 2008 contract opened strongly […]

The world’s largest steel company seeks to annul parts of ETS

The world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal has sought to annul key parts of EU ETS (emission trading scheme) at a Court of First Instance hearing in Luxembourg. However, CFI judges obtained the parties’ agreement to suspend the case following the hearing, pending the outcome of a European Court of Justice case which will rule on […]

CSIRO investigates injecting coal with bacteria to make methane

CSIRO scientists are investigating whether injecting coal seams with certain kinds of bacteria and CO2 can produce commercially viable quantities of methane gas. CSIRO’s Mohinudeen Faiz said research performed in the Sydney Basin shows that microbial activity can significantly increase the levels of methane in coal seam “sweet spots”. “We are discovering ways to culture […]

£700m offshore wind farm to be built in UK waters

UK generator E.ON UK has submitted a planning application for a £700m offshore wind farm located over eight kilometres off the East Yorkshire coast. If built, the 300 MW Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in UK waters. The application is the first for an offshore wind […]

Australia to aid feasibility study for worlds largest solar city

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that China and Australia have agreed to conduct a feasibility study into building the largest solar city in the world in north-east China. Rudd and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong toured a coal-fired power station in China, and discussed the implications of climate change. Rudd said the development of […]

Australian and China strengthen cooperation on climate change

Australia and China have stressed the importance they attach to the issue of climate change and their willingness to strengthen cooperation to jointly meet the challenge of climate change. During a meeting between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to the UNFCCC and the Kyoto […]

Texas approves net metering rule for solar power industry

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has voted unanimously to approve a net metering rule that the solar-power industry has argued will be onerous for solar panel owners and that will discourage the development of the state’s vast solar power potential. Under the rule, which is supported by retail electric providers and recommended by the […]