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Reducing Carbon Emissions from Cars and Trucks Difficult but Feasible, New Study Finds

Cambridge, Massachusetts – A new study from current and former researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will be a much bigger challenge than conventional wisdom assumes – requiring substantially higher fuel prices combined with more stringent regulation.

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Coal from Mass Extinction Era Linked to Lung Cancer Mystery

A study published in ACS’s semi-monthly journal, Environmental Science & Technology, titled, “Silica-Volatile Interaction and the Geological Cause of the Xuan Wei Lung Cancer Epidemic,” reports that coal used in parts of Xuan Wei County had about 10 times more silica, a suspected carcinogen.

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UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network Member PUMA to Spearhead Exciting World Cup Initiative

PUMA will compensate the company’s direct and indirect CO2 emissions through offsetting projects in Africa that also take the needs of local communities and the conservation of biodiversity and CSR programs into account.

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Ninja Slug, Lungless Frog & World’s Largest Insect among Recent Discoveries in Heart of Borneo

WWF Report highlights discoveries on world’s third largest island and pinpoints urgent need for protection.

A frog with no lungs, a “ninja” slug that fires love darts at its mate, and the world’s longest insect are among new species discovered in the past three years on the island of Borneo and featured in a World Wildlife Fund report released April 22, 2010.

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TERI University Launches MA in Sustainable Development Practice (MA-SDP)

TERI University becomes one of the first institutions in India to announce courses relevant for inculcating understanding of sustainable development, with the launch of their programme, Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice (MA-SDP).

ThinktoSustain presents an Interview with Dr. Arabinda Mishra, Dean, Faculty of Policy & Planning, TERI University, New Delhi.

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Japanese Policy Mix Needs Strong Shot of Emissions Trading

An effective policy approach to turn Japan into a low-carbon economy needs emissions trading at its heart, a WWF report has found.

Japan has the ability to meet its goals on emissions reductions, but does it have the will to do it?

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Colloquium on Biodiversity: Why does it matter to Business?

CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in association with Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is organizing the “Colloquium on Biodiversity: Earth’s Most Valuable Resource – Why does it matter to Business?” This Colloquium will focus and deliberate on the two very specific aspects, i.e., Biodiversity: A Business Case, and Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation: A Policy Road Map.

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The Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition

The report, ‘Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition’, which was presented in Paris by IEA Executive Director, Nobuo Tanaka, and NEA Director-General, Luis Echávarri, comprises the latest data on the costs of electricity generation for a wide variety of fuels and technologies. It establishes a global benchmark for the costs of power supply.

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Smart Grid Revolution Becomes “Disruptive” for Utilities Worldwide According to New Microsoft Survey

Houston – Only 8 percent of utilities around the world have completed their smart grid technology implementations while 37 percent have projects underway and more than half haven’t yet started, according to a new Microsoft Corp. survey. The Microsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2010, released at CERAWeek 2010 in Houston, surveyed almost 200 professionals within electric, gas and water utilities and related companies around the world.

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CDM Coal Power Projects Violate Kyoto Protocol

A review of all coal projects under validation within the Clean Development Mechanism reveals that they do not actually reduce any emissions. The review also puts under question the methodology which provides the basis for the emission reduction calculation. Environmental groups are now pressuring the CDM Executive Board to put all CDM coal power projects on hold with immediate effect.

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