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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:34:12 PM EST
Mexico passes climate-change law : Nature News & Comment

The Mexican legislature passed one of the strongest national climate-change laws so far on 19 April. Mexico, which ranks 11th in the world for both the size of its economy and its level of carbon emissions, joins the United Kingdom in having legally binding emissions goals aimed at stemming the effects of climate change.

After three years of debate and revisions, the bill passed in Mexico's lower house with a vote of 128 for and 10 against, and was later passed unanimously by the Senate. The new law contains many sweeping provisions to mitigate climate change, including a mandate to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30% below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50% below 2000 levels by 2050.

Furthermore, it stipulates that 35% of the country's energy should come from renewable sources by 2024, and requires mandatory emissions reporting by the country's largest polluters. The act also establishes a commission to oversee implementation, and encourages development of a carbon-trading scheme. Although there was initial resistance from Mexico's steel and cement industries, the bill passed with bipartisan support.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:34:21 PM EST
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Eight native Mexicans shot dead defending forest

Eight members of an indigenous group that took on armed gangs and illegal loggers nearly a year ago have been shot dead in a confrontation in western Mexico, officials said.

The group of indigenous rangers were on their way to clear an area to prevent forest fires when they heard chainsaws and called for reinforcements to confront suspected illegal loggers, Michoacan state secretary Jesus Reyna said late Wednesday.

Eight of the rangers were killed in the subsequent shootout and one of their vehicles was torched, he said.

Last April around 17,000 members of the Purepecha community blocked access to the village of Cheran -- near famous sanctuaries for migrating Monarch butterflies -- accusing organized crime groups of shielding illegal logging

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:54:20 PM EST
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Coalition makes U-turn on nuclear energy subsidies | Environment | The Guardian

Ministers are planning to subsidise nuclear power through electricity bills - despite their promises not to, a secret document seen by the Guardian reveals.

The leaked document clearly lays out plans to use "contracts for difference" for nuclear energy, which would allow nuclear operators to reap higher prices for their energy than fossil fuel power stations.

The plans will further inflame rows over energy policy and cause a political furore for the Liberal Democrats, who fought the general election firmly opposing an expansion of nuclear power.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 02:34:31 PM EST
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Embarrassing for the LibDems ?? ...boggle. If they're not past embarrassment by now. LibDem, thy name is capitulation

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:27:35 AM EST
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How Chinese Panels Are Impacting the European Solar Market | Renewable Energy News Article

In recent years, the global price of PV modules has undergone a rapid and sustained period of decline. In light of scaled back policy in key markets and recent bankruptcy announcements, the questions remain: How exactly is Chinese PV module pricing affecting the European market? And how best should European governments and solar companies react?

The general consensus amongst many industry observers is that the ongoing decline in global PV module prices is largely driven by a combination of oversupply and growing production overcapacities, coupled with ongoing cost reduction as a result of technological progress and innovation.  According to some, there is no question that this trend has emerged as a direct result of the seemingly unstoppable rise of Chinese PV module manufacturers.

"Since the major part of the global production capacity is installed in China it is almost exclusively driven by them," says Günter Weinberger, CEO of German solar company Solar-Fabrik AG.

It is certainly undeniable that, in recent years, the Chinese solar industry has enjoyed some of the highest levels of investment in production capacity.  According to Matthias Fawer, Director of Asset Management Sustainability Research at Bank Sarasin, Chinese and Taiwanese solar companies increased production volume by 120 percent over the last four years.  In contrast German and Japanese companies grew production by only around 40 percent.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 21st, 2012 at 03:08:04 PM EST
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