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Clean Energy Expo China 2011 Wins Praises from Participants

Clean Energy Expo China 2011, held at China National Convention Center in Beijing, closed on June 24 after receiving much praises from exhibitors & visitors alike for enabling business and facilitating information exchange. ThinktoSustain.com was the media partner for the event.

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Carbon Fat Cats Could Make 5.6 Billion Euros from ETS

New research by Sandbag Climate Campaign has revealed the top ten companies profiting from Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), all of whom are prominent members of trade associations actively lobbying to prevent the system from being reformed. The ‘Carbon Fat Cats’, all of them steel and cement companies, share between them surplus carbon permits (EUAs) of 240 million tonnes – more than the annual carbon emissions of Austria, Denmark, Portugal and Latvia combined.

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Economic Cost of Weather May Total 485 Billion Dollars in U.S.

Boulder – Everything has its price, even the weather. New research indicates that routine weather events such as rain and cooler-than-average days can add up to an annual economic impact of as much as $ 485 billion in the United States. The study, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), found that finance, manufacturing, agriculture, and every other sector of the economy is sensitive to changes in the weather. The impacts can be felt in every state.

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Emissions Reduction, Energy Efficient Buildings Help Lafarge Fight Climate Change

Gland, Switzerland – WWF and Lafarge, the world’s largest cement maker, on June 24 agreed to continue working together to further reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help build hundreds of energy-efficient buildings – targets that will help fight the effects of climate change.

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Major Environmental Disasters: Year 2011

2011 has witnessed extreme weather events that have direct or indirect link to climate change phenomena. As the debate on this issue delays global action, untimely and erratic events are on the rise. . . . → Read More: Major Environmental Disasters: Year 2011

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Businesses See Climate Change Adaptation as an Opportunity: UN Survey

New York – Climate adaptation offers competitive advantages to businesses worldwide, according to the new report, “Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change”, jointly released by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Oxfam and the World Resources Institute (WRI). In response to a survey of global businesses, 86 percent described responding to climate risks or investing in adaptation as a business opportunity.

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More Than 100 Economists Endorse Stronger Fuel Efficiency and Auto Pollution Standards

Washington – More than 100 economists issued a letter on June 7 calling for stronger pollution and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks sold in model years 2017 through 2025. They said that stronger standards would protect consumers, strengthen energy security, generate new jobs, and reduce global warming emissions. The letter was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board – the three agencies developing the standards.

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What Will Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Mean for Barrier Islands?

A new survey of barrier islands published earlier this spring offers the most thorough assessment to date of the thousands of small islands that hug the coasts of the world’s landmasses. The study, led by Matthew Stutz of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., and Orrin Pilkey of Duke University, Durham, N.C., offers new insight into how the islands form and evolve over time – and how they may fare as the climate changes and sea level rises.

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Global Demand for Food Products Threatens Tropical Forests

Demand for everyday products, from hamburgers to cookies to soap, is now the biggest threat to tropical forests, according to a new study released June 13 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report, “The Root of the Problem: What’s Driving Tropical Deforestation Today?” concludes that large international businesses producing items such as palm oil, beef and timber have become the most destructive drivers of deforestation – a shift from the past when local populations were thought to be responsible for much of the damage to rain forests.

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WWF Cool on Lukewarm Outcome in Bonn Climate Talks

Bonn, Germany – In contrast to its slow start, the United Nations climate talks have picked up pace this week and could help set the stage for the conference in Durban, South Africa, at the end of this year, WWF said on June 17.

“While progress is still uneven, parties have returned to constructive talks and have been moving forward step by step,” said Tasneem Essop, WWF delegation leader, reflecting on negotiations at the UNFCCC Intersessional Conference on Climate Change that ended June 17 in Bonn.

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