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Denmark Considers Phasing Out Coal

Denmark should ban coal use by 2025, according to Helveg Petersen, Denmark’s climate, energy and building minister, as reported by Reuters. The cost of phasing out coal would not be significant, according to Petersen. Wind turbines are set to generate more than half of Denmark’s electricity by 2020. Petersen’s ministry … Read more »


Lego Builds on IPCC Meeting

Lego looks to be continuing its recent climate-change action campaign. After ending its promotional deal with Shell, following pressure from Greenpeace that called on Lego to stop making toys with Shell’s branding, the toy company is partnering with sustainability think tank Sustainia and the World Wildlife Fund to host an … Read more »

IPCC Report Warns ‘Irreversible Impacts’ of Climate Change

Rising greenhouse gas emissions are “increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems,” according to a draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC report, now under review by government officials and top scientists meeting in Copenhagen, is slated for approval on … Read more »

China Both Boon and Bane for Emissions Cutting

As a sign that China is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, China’s national assembly adopted a new law that requires electricity grid companies to buy all the power produced by renewable energy sources, or face a fine, reports AFP. Despite the new law aimed at cutting GHG emissions, … Read more »

Plummeting EU Carbon Market Bodes Ill for Clean Tech Investment

As carbon emissions allowance prices inch ever lower, it becomes less and less feasible for companies to invest in renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and other alternative energy means, observers say. After the Copenhagen talks failed to reach a binding agreement, EU carbon prices fell to a six-month low … Read more »

After COP 15, What’s the Outlook for Business?

After COP 15, What’s the Outlook for Business?

While the Copenhagen talks yielded a non-binding political agreement, some business sectors say a better outcome would have included a more concrete set of targets. In the Copenhagen Accord (PDF) that was reached, a cap was set on worldwide temperature increases of no more than 2 degrees. Unilateral GHG targets … 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 »

REDD in Copenhagen: Picking the Low Hanging Fruit vs. Saving the Tree

Talks on REDD and “REDD plus” are moving forward at the Copenhagen climate treaty conference of parties (COP 15). The basic idea of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is to pool funding from developed countries to reduce forest loss in developing countries, where most of the carbon emissions … Read more »

COP 15 December 15 Press Briefing

In a joint press briefing, COP 15 President Connie Hedegaard and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer stressed that talks have reached an important phase, with the High Level Segment of the conference about to begin. Hedegaard said that in order to achieve the desired success, Ministers must be extremely … Read more »

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