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Carbon dioxide emissions from the average new car in the UK dropped by a record amount in 2008 (PDF), according to a new report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The report states that emissions from new cars shrank by 4.2 percent last year, to 158.0... Read more
A new barcoding system unveiled this week will inform consumers about the carbon emissions associated with a product and will also help them learn about any projects the manufacturer supports to offset those emissions. The CO2code, offered by the CO2code Initiative, “creates public awareness of products emissions and opens... Read more
Scientists have long warned that accelerating climate change could lead to more wildfires around the globe, and that those wildfires would release more carbon dioxide … which would accelerate climate change. And that appears to be the case in Australia, where recent fires have — according to Reuters’ Planet... Read more
IBM is offering customers a new service that can assess their organisations’ energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions at any level, enabling them to better identify areas for improvement. The Strategic Carbon Management programme could help companies cut their overall carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent, according... Read more
The global climate changes wrought by rising carbon dioxide emissions are now too late to stop and will linger for more than 1,000 years, according to a new study by researchers in the US and Europe. “Our study convinced us that current choices regarding carbon dioxide emissions will have... Read more
Couldn’t wade through all the cleantech headlines yesterday? Following are some of the stories you might have missed: In yet another sign of an environmental and scientific turnaround in Washington, DC, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding off its approval of a new coal-fired power plant in... Read more
Following are some of the top headlines yesterday from the world of cleantech: Technology developed at the University of Chicago might soon land in the marketplace in the form of a new and more efficient plastic solar cell for portable electronics. Solarmer Energy Inc. says it expects to have... Read more
California officials are hoping the new atmosphere in Washington, DC, will mean a renewed opportunity for them to regulate greenhouse gases in the state’s atmosphere. On Wednesday, Mary Nichols, chairman of California’s Air Resources Board (ARB), asked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider a decision that prevents... Read more
On his first full day as president of the US, Barack Obama is receiving some climate change advice from the Sustainable Energy Network: Start tackling the problem today. A loose affiliation of 600-plus companies, groups and individuals, the Sustainable Energy Network outlined its recommendations for immediate action in a... Read more
More head-spinning updates on the “Google searches are melting the planet” brouhaha: the research that reportedly found two Google searches produce as much carbon dioxide as heating up a pot of tea is being refuted not only by Google but by … the researcher himself. The Guardian reports today... Read more