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September 11, 2009 | G20 Need to Push Green Technology Markets

Global Green Recovery Task Force: In a report commissioned by the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, an online task force conducted by the Atlantic Initiative with 26 experts from Germany, the US and the UK, derived green technology market recommendations in three broad areas: 1) generating new sources of revenues to fund green technologies; 2) intensifying dialogue on existing national green policies; and 3) spurring new international co-operation on green technologies.

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March 16, 2010 | Geo-Engineering: Researching on a Global "Sun Block"

Faced with the grim reality of global warming, one researcher or the other may have dreamed of coming up with a type of sun block for the planet. This dream may yet come to pass. Canadian scientists are confident that they will be able to turn a new technology, called “solar radiation management” into an effective tool for fighting climate change. Though still in its infancy, the new

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January 11, 2010 | Europe Must Act Tough on Climate Change

According to the latest scientific research, the climate is warming more rapidly than previously anticipated, not least because the oceans are progressively losing their ability to absorb CO2. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) warns that controlling costs for climate change will be possible only until 2020. After that date, global warming will have passed a tipping point

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November 13, 2008 | Only Less Consumption Can Stop the Crash

The disastrous effects of unfettered consumption have been known and understood for 40 years already. Back then, American environmental researchers Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren created the “Ehrlich equation,” a tool that can also be applied to current greenhouse gas emissions. After application of the equation only one radical conclusion remains: unlimited growth and sustainable development are

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June 30, 2008 | Global Boom in Wind-Generated Power

A Scottish island was a trendsetter for second hand wind turbines in 2004, now covering almost all its annual demands. ++ Long waiting lists for new turbines, the EU CO2 reduction targets, and 40% price reduction makes used turbines attractive. ++ Large companies like E.ON or Iberdrola will upgrade their capacity, therefore 5 000 machines are expected to be on the market by 2013 and a huge demand

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March 14, 2008 | The High Cost of Decarbonizing the Economy

The US and the EU should stop priding themselves for having slowed or reduced their CO2 output mainly thanks to the outsourcing of production to other parts of the world. ++ Environmentally sustainable consumption will require cutting living standards and massively restructuring major economies. ++ As consumption rather than production matters, biofuels and renewables are compounding the problem.

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January 15, 2008 | Gasoline Made Out of Carbon Dioxide

Chuck Squatriglia of Wired News reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico have found a way of using sunlight to recycle carbon dioxide and produce fuels like methanol or gasoline. The technology, which could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, already works, although large-scale implementation could be a decade or more away.
Previously, the idea of recycling carbon

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December 11, 2007 | New Climate Change Performance Index Reveals Poor Results This Article contains Flash-Video

The recent index, published by Germanwatch, shows that even those countries, such as Sweden and Germany, with the highest scores still only have average grades, while seven of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters are on the lowest end of the ranking.

The annual climate change index compares the climate protection performances of 56 industrialized countries and emerging economies.

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