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Climate diplomacy: Keeping the show on the road

Sun, 2014-12-14 12:45
UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Climate diplomacy Rubric:  Better than nothing, but much more to do Location:  LIMA MANUEL PULGAR VIDAL, Peru's environment minister (pictured right) and the host of this year's UN climate talks, had confidently predicted that negotiations would wrap up on schedule at 6.00pm on December 12th with a pisco sour, the country's national cocktail. In the event, it was coffee that the sleepless delegates consumed as the talks in Lima ran on for another day and a half. At last, in the early hours of December 14th, negotiators from 190 countries agreed a four-page text of decisions. While much less than climate activists wanted, it is enough to keep hopes alive that the world will agree a new climate treaty at the next summit in Paris in a year's time. But the haggling in Lima shows just how difficult that will be. Scientists believe that a rise in global temperatures of more than 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels risks triggering catastrophic climate change. To try to prevent that, all parties to the UN ...

Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Fri, 2014-12-12 20:44
A sign urging environmental action during a United Nations summit meeting on climate change was placed near a 1,000-year-old geoglyph that is a cultural treasure in Peru. Officials are outraged over the trespassing and the disturbance of the ancient grounds.






S&P 500 posts worst day since Oct, energy shares sink

Fri, 2014-12-12 02:47
The S&P 500 posted its biggest daily percentage drop since Oct 22 on Monday as oil's slump to a five-year low caused a selloff in energy shares.

China's changing image in climate debate

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:37
With the United Nations climate change talks in Lima, Peru, in full swing, provocative green discussions and debates are warming up in Paris and Brussels.

Philippines Pushes Developing Countries to Cut Their Emissions

Mon, 2014-12-08 21:33
The Philippines, taking the brunt of disastrous typhoons, is now challenging every nation to embrace emissions reductions.






EcoDemonstrator completes first green diesel flight

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:40

Boeing’s specially outfitted 787 ecoDemonstrator flight test aircraft has completed its first flight using “green diesel,” a sustainable biofuel blended 15 per cent with 85 per cent conventional petroleum.

Green diesel is made from vegetable oil, cooking oil waste and animal fat waste, which eliminate indirect land-use consequences associated with biofuels made from feedstocks. The fuel was found to be similar to the HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) aviation biofuel approved for use in 2011. The United States, Europe and Asia together have capacity to produce 3 billion litres of green diesel, with the potential to supply up to 1 per cent of global fuel demand near price parity for conventional fuel.

“Green diesel offers a tremendous opportunity to make sustainable aviation biofuel more available and more affordable for our customers,” says Boeing  managing director of environmental strategy and integration Julie Felgar. “We will provide data from several ecoDemonstrator flights to support efforts to approve this fuel for commercial aviation and help meet our industry’s environmental goals.”

Sustainably produced green diesel reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 90 percent compared to fossil fuel, according to Finland-based Neste Oil, which supplied green diesel for the ecoDemonstrator 787. On the EU policy side, Boeing continues to advocate for policy measures that can support aviation biofuels development and commercialisation.

Energy access, development and decarbonisation: uneasy bedfellows in the UNFCCC

Sun, 2014-12-07 16:24
By Jason Anderson, WWF The UN is a slow grind of thousands of negotiators meeting regularly to hash through minutiae is the world’s biggest intercultural exchange project, creating understanding one coffee break at a time.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Fri, 2014-12-05 23:23
The annual ritual of UN climate change conference is on in the Peruvian capital of Lima in a year which is almost certainly going to be the hottest on record.

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