• ‘Climate Change Resistant Crops’ Move Nearer After Gene Breakthrough

    • Date: 08/01/10

    Crops resistant to climate change have come a step closer after British scientists discovered the key gene which allows plants to react to temperatures around them. In a breakthrough that has the potential to help feed billions of people, scientists from the John Innes Centre in Norwich have found the “thermometer gene” which plants use […]

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  • Unilateral Carbon Tax Will Make French Industry Even Less Competitive

    • Date: 06/01/10

    Large French companies that pollute heavily will be penalized under new carbon tax legislation but are likely to pay variable rates, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said in remarks published on Tuesday. More than 1,000 companies would be penalized according to how much energy they use to produce and how much competition their sectors face, Lagarde […]

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  • Peter Odell: Our Long-Term Energy Future: A Reality Check

    • Date: 04/01/10

    European Energy Review: Realism over the critical issues of potential energy resources in the 21st century has become a very scarce commodity. This is the result of three widely held, but highly doubtful, beliefs. First, that there is an inherent scarcity in the world’s endowment of carbon energy resources. Second, that CO2 emissions from the […]

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  • Biofuel Industry Faces Bankruptcy As Subsidies Run Out

    • Date: 03/01/10

    The Washington Post: An alternative fuel for diesel engines is off to a shaky start this year though it emits fewer pollutants and cuts down on petroleum use because it’s made from environmentally friendly waste and vegetable oil. A federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon expired Friday. As a […]

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  • Why Climate Scientists Should Not Be Trusted

    • Date: 01/01/10

    Wired Magazine: Kevin Dunbar is a researcher who studies how scientists study things — how they fail and succeed. In the early 1990s, he began an unprecedented research project: observing four biochemistry labs at Stanford University. Philosophers have long theorized about how science happens, but Dunbar wanted to get beyond theory. He wasn’t satisfied with […]

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  • Economists Warn of a Climate Trade War

    • Date: 30/12/09

    Spiegel Online: John Kerry was on a roll. At the Copenhagen climate summit, the former US presidential candidate delivered a fiery speech that was mostly directed at China. If the US has to accept binding targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, then Beijing must do the same, Kerry told his audience. Workers in the […]

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  • Nigel Lawson: Time For Plan B

    • Date: 21/12/09

    The Wall Street Journal: The world’s political leaders, not least President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are in a state of severe, almost clinical, denial. While acknowledging that the outcome of the United Nations climate-change conference in Copenhagen fell somewhat short of their demand for a legally binding, enforceable and verifiable global agreement […]

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  • Dominic Lawson: The Copenhagen farce is glad tidings for all

    • Date: 20/12/09

    The Sunday Times: After two weeks of increasingly ill-tempered negotiations, one of the European delegates at the Copenhagen summit “to save the planet” had clearly reached breaking point; or perhaps it was the ingratitude of the people he was trying to save that caused this negotiator to tell the BBC’s science correspondent, Susan Watts, that […]

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