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Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Oil Drilling, UN Talks, China ‘Meets Environmental Goals’

The Department of the Interior on Friday outlined a plan to streamline permitting for offshore drilling, the Hill reports. The proposals by the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) come as Republicans and some Democrats accuse the Obama administration of dragging its feet on energy permits. The … Read more »

Climate Talks Down to the Wire: Copenhagen Day 12 Roundup

Failure to reach agreements on carbon emission cuts, financial aid to developing nations and verification of emissions curbs on the last day of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) likely means there will be no climate agreement reached on Dec.18. A leaked scientific paper also indicates that the … Read more »

Climate Talks Strive to Make a Deal: Copenhagen Day 10 Roundup

Environment ministers have a tough day of negotiations ahead of them as heads of state arrive in Copenhagen to potentially seal a new climate deal Dec. 18 at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). U.N. climate chief Yvo De Boer told the Xinhua News Agency that the world … Read more »

Copenhagen Delegates Tire of Rhetoric – Day 10 Roundup

As a few key issues continue to stall negotiations, the Danish prime minister took control of the climate conference on Dec. 16. as the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) moves into the final days of talks. The president of the UN Climate Conference, Connie Hedegaard, has resigned, allowing … Read more »

Copenhagen Negotiators Make Up for Lost Time After Walk Out: Day 9 Roundup

When talks resumed on Dec. 14 after a delegation representing developing nations walked out of a meeting over sidelined discussions on the Kyoto Protocol, negotiators worked into the night to make up for lost time, but still came up nearly empty-handed at the start of day 9 of the 15th … Read more »

Copenhagen Talks Resume After 130 Nations Temporarily Walk Out – Day 8 Roundup

Representatives of some 130 nations temporarily walked out of the Copenhagen climate talks, reports the Wall Street Journal, but the talks have resumed after the three-hour delay, which centered on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, reports Bloomberg News. The entire round of talks were “suspended” Dec. 13 after the … Read more »

China, India, Brazil Draw ‘Red Lines’ on Emissions Cuts

Just days before the Copenhagen climate talks, several large developing nations have indicated they have limits on what they’ll accept. Most notably, China, India, Brazil and South Africa want rich nations to make more substantive cuts before they agree to the draft text, reports Reuters. The four nations rejected three … Read more »

S. America Takes Most Urgent View of Copenhagen Talks

People in South America view a global climate deal as having more urgency than people in other parts of the world. About 99 percent of South Americans surveyed by World Wide Views on Global Warming. That compares to about 93 percent of those in Europe, 92 percent of those Oceana, … Read more »

Canada Delays GHG Emissions Regs, Russia Ups Emissions Cuts

Add Canada to a growing list of countries that want to wait until a global climate deal is struck and the United States decides how it will regulate emissions before they regulate their own greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this week, New Zealand made a similar announcement. There also appears to … Read more »

Peabody, Exxon Accused of Undermining Climate Talks

Negotiations for a new climate treaty in Copenhagen this December are being blocked by a multi-national backlash led by fossil fuel industries and other heavy carbon emitters, according to a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an arm of the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity. According to … Read more »

Global Climate Talks Set Carbon Offsets in Motion, Market May Quadruple by 2015

The success of the emerging global carbon market rests on the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, according to a report from market researcher Frost & Sullivan. In the meantime, European Union leaders have agreed on a climate deal to present at the global climate talks. But analysts … Read more »

Study Finds Servers Waste $25B a Year

One of the biggest causes of energy and information technology (IT) operational waste is millions of servers at the world’s largest IT departments that don’t do anything useful, according to a new global server study. As a result, U.S. businesses will need to consider making energy-efficient changes, including the implementation … Read more »