April 20 News: Climate Change Is Impacting Europe’s Mountain Plants

Our round-up of the latest news in climate and energy. Please post additional links below.

The acceleration of climate change is stressing mountain plants in Europe and driving them to migrate to higher altitudes, according to a study released by US researchers. [AFP]

California has had remarkable success in extending its national lead in clean technology, using it to help fuel the state’s economic rebound and drive its effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even as its population continues to grow. [LA Times]

Two years after a blowout on BP’s Macondo well killed 11 men and triggered the largest oil spill in U.S. history, oil companies are again plying the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. [Washington Post]

“Chill out – sometimes this stuff takes years.” That was Bill Clinton’s wry observation on Thursday as he addressed a sustainability conference in New York City, expressing frustration over how long it is taking for the country to move forward on clean energy and energy efficiency. [New York Times]

Forget about putting solar panels on the roof. Miles Barr wants to make curtains, cell-phone cases, and even shirtsleeves that generate electricity from the sun. [Businessweek]

Beginning with a magical shower of 3D snowflakes, Greg MacGillivray’s IMAX documentary “To the Arctic 3D” takes us to the frozen north — or, rather, the not-so-frozen north. [Seattle Times]

Mexico’s Senate on Thursday passed a climate change bill aimed at encouraging a voluntary carbon emissions trading market, clearing the way for President Felipe Calderon to sign it, as expected, into law. [Reuters]

China will support the building electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the country, hoping to have 5 million green cars to appear on the roads of China by 2020. [Auto World News]

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has stepped into the growing row over the coalition’s green policies to call for companies to pay much higher penalties for the carbon dioxide they emit. [Guardian]

19 Responses to April 20 News: Climate Change Is Impacting Europe’s Mountain Plants

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Parliament opposes phase-out of diesel tax advantage

    The lead MEP on the proposal, Astrid Lulling (EPP, LU) backed the proposal’s aim of combating climate change but opposed tax neutrality on the grounds that it would lead to a diesel price hike.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Parliament shoots down Commission’s energy tax plan

    Conservatives in the European Parliament delivered a setback for European Commission plans to erase tax benefits for diesel fuel, saying that a period of austerity and high fuel costs is not the time for such moves.
    MEPS voted 374-217, with 73 abstentions, for an overhaul of the EU executive’s year-old draft energy taxation directive that would require members states to end their practice of taxing diesel fuel at lower rates than gasoline.

    Diesel exhaust kills…

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Salmond defends wind energy drive

    First Minister Alex Salmond has defended his push for a “renewables revolution” in a letter to US businessman and outspoken windfarm opponent Donald Trump.
    Mr Trump is angry at plans to build offshore turbines near the site of his Aberdeenshire golf course. He wrote to Mr Salmond after hearing that Korean engineering company Doosan shelved a renewable energy investment plan, citing “overall economic conditions”.
    Mr Trump alleged the energy policy will turn Scotland into a third world wasteland that global investors will avoid. In an earlier letter, made public on Friday, the First Minister told Mr Trump: “It is my belief that Scotland’s great cities and ports are ideally placed to become a key hub for the rapidly-growing multibillion-pound offshore renewables industry.
    “Our waters are estimated to have as much as a quarter of Europe’s potential offshore wind energy and we are perfectly positioned to develop the technology that will power this remarkable renewables revolution.”

    Phony accusations by Trump..

  4. Sasparilla says:

    This was from yesterday – “Sigh. Rush Limbaugh continues plug-in car attacks; Bob Lutz plays defense”

    Not really newsworthy, except for a little detail that came out during the interview on the plug-in Volt:

    “Lutz said that when GM and the Obama administration met during the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, the government’s recommendation was to kill the Volt program.”

    A bit of a shock at first, although not too surprising, on reflection, considering the guy in charge of the process for the government was a former business exec and his mission was to get the companies ready to be successful (make money) ASAP (since the right wing criticism was unending at that point) – and the Volt wasn’t going to be a profit maker (gen 2 or 3 will be though). Apparently the guy in charge of the government side of things really was given hands off by the admin to do things as he saw fit.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Head of Credit Risk Coal, Oil & Freight (m/f)
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    The successful candidate will manage an international team of cross-commodity credit risk analysts; the team is responsible for analyzing and managing credit risk arising within the Global commodity trading portfolio of E.ON Energy Trading (EET) primarily focusing on Coal, Freight and Physical Oil
    The manager will be responsible for shaping future direction of the team, and for operational and strategic decision making, in conjunction with the Head of Credit Risk Management

    Do i have to apply in order to shape the future?

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Normalize Renewable Energy Credits Now

    Several renewable energy incentives are on the congressional chopping block this year, and every year, it seems. There are plenty of persuasive arguments on either side regarding whether or not to keep renewable incentives. We believe a long-term energy policy is needed at the federal level to allow the domestic renewable energy industry to grow and ultimately prosper. It will remove the guesswork surrounding what incentives may be available in any given year.

  7. Jay Alt says:

    Here is a nice resource on glacial hazards and their effects on humans, courtesy of UO history prof Mark Carey. It has links to scientific info from 6+ regions worldwide. There is an education page with age appropriate videos. Another summarizes the focus areas of > 30 international experts, often w/ links to their papers and websites.

  8. prokaryotes says:

    US Solar Market Will Explode within Five Years
    Experts predict good business opportunities at The Solar Future conference

    NEW YORK, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Within the next five years solar energy in a large portion of the US will be cheaper than power from the grid. Costs of solar panels and installation keep moving down, while the transportation costs of electricity move up. When solar power reaches the ‘holy grail’ of grid parity the solar market in the US will boost, and a sleeping giant will awake, experts predict.

    “The awakening of the US solar market will be driven by grid parity within each region. Federal incentives provide a good foundation for the expansion of the solar industry but state-level incentives are still needed to truly make solar energy competitive in each regional market. Over the next five years we believe that solar power will reach grid parity in a large portion of the US market, thus opening up the opportunity for significant expansion of the industry in the years to come,” says renewable energy advisor Eric Graber-Lopez of BlueWave Capital.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Walgreens Affirms its Commitment to Environmental Sustainability, Innovative Technology and Renewable Energy Initiatives During Earth Week 2012
    National drugstore chain is largest retail host of electric vehicle charging stations and solar installations

    DEERFIELD, Ill., Apr 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Recognizing the important role retailers play in corporate responsibility and as stewards of the environment, Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) today affirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability, innovative technology and renewable energy initiatives during Earth Week 2012.

    Walgreens has a long-standing commitment to reducing energy usage and creating ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Currently, the drugstore chain has 134 solar panel installations at its stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters, giving Walgreens more solar installations than any other retailer in the country. In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, lighting, refrigeration temperatures, heating and cooling and waste management at more than 3,000 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.

    As more people choose greener lifestyles, Walgreens today is also the nation’s largest retail host of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and has plans to offer this service at 800 locations. Drivers can already top off and charge while doing errands or traveling along major commuter routes in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Q1 electric car battery prices drop 14 percent on year

    (Reuters) – The average price of an electric vehicle-grade battery fell 14 percent year-on-year to $689 per kilowatt hour in the first quarter as manufacturing capacity outstripped demand, a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance said on Tuesday.

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Electric-Car Owners Will Save Up to $1,200 on Fuel, Study Finds

    Drivers of electric vehicles such as General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf may save as much as $1,200 a year on fuel compared with a new gasoline-powered compact, a scientists’ group found.

    Assuming gasoline costs $3.50 a gallon, drivers who plug cars into electrical outlets would save $750 to $1,200 a year instead of buying gas for a new model that gets 27 miles (43 kilometers) a gallon when driving 11,000 miles a year, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a study released yesterday.

  12. prokaryotes says:

    China to Give Stimulus for Development of Electric Vehicles

    The government will broaden pilot programs, build recharging facilities and develop a plan to recycle batteries, as part of a drive to have 500,000 such vehicles by 2015, rising to 5 million by 2020, the State Council, or cabinet, said in a statement posted on its website yesterday.
    “This clarifies the direction for all participants, carmakers, consumers, regulators,” said Thomas McGuckin, Shanghai-based partner who oversees the Asia Pacific automotive practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. “The price point, infrastructure and consumer usage patterns will ultimately determine adoption.”
    General Motors Co. (GM) and Volkswagen AG (VOW) have announced plans to introduce so-called new-energy vehicles in China, which is seeking to cut smog and its reliance on imported oil. BYD Co. (1211), the Chinese carmaker partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/B), will show next week the first electric vehicle model developed through its venture with Daimler AG. (DAI)

    There he is Warren Buffett, the legendary investor goes electric! He taps into the biggest auto market in the world! He will win again! Another Success story in the making!

  13. prokaryotes says:

    China redoubles efforts to drive electric vehicle adoption
    Government statement confirms plans for new subsidies and recharging infrastructure, despite initially slow sales

  14. prokaryotes says:

    US Demand for Electric Vehicles Climbs in First Quarter

    According to Bloomberg, electric-drive vehicles formed the fastest growing segment in the US auto market in the first quarter. Sales in this sector climbed to 49 percent during the first quarter to total 117,182 vehicles from 78,527 in the previous year.

    Wow! Seriously this is amazing! 117,182 Americans will save now 1200,00 buggs each single year!

  15. fj says:

    After several months of public meetings and online feedback on bike-share station siting, NYC DoT is beginning to tour community boards with preliminary station maps in preparation for launching North America’s most expansive bike-share system this July.


  16. fj says:

    Celebrate Earth Day this Sunday with Plan B: The Film airing on a PBS station near you

    via Lester Brown @EarthPolicy

  17. David B. Benson says:


  18. David B. Benson says:

    Interesting article in today’s TNYT biz section on India’s electricity woes. Part of the problem is that the price of coal imported from Indonesia has recently doubleed in price.

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