It may come as a surprise to some that Alberta pioneered carbon pricing — not just in Canada, but for all of North America.
Gudda, a small village in India received its first encounter with light after sunset with the arrival of solar panels.
Solar powered batteries have enabled them to study later for school, do more business and play music.
The surprise finding, announced by HSBC, the world’s fourth-largest corporation, showed India leading both the developed and developing worlds – far ahead of the UK, France, Germany and the US. HSBC said it shatters the widely held myth of the industrialized world leading the pack on global warming.
China, India, Brazil and other emerging nations must be persuaded not to expect sustainable growth without taking environmental degradation into account, says an editorial in Asahi Shimbun. While developed nations such as the U.S. bear greater responsibility for fighting global warming, it is also necessary to pinpoint the “differentiated” role cited by the UN for developing countries.
President Bush apparently has softened his position at the G-8 summit by offering to “consider” a proposal by Germany to fight climate change with a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050.
Global warming has taken center stage at the meeting – whose theme is “growth and responsibility in the global economy” – and Bush risks alienating his German counterpart , a former physicist who has made climate change her signature issue.
The prime minister, speaking on BBC TV, said climate-change awareness is gaining momentum with Americans and it’s possible the U.S. may be willing to support an agreement at the G8 summit in June on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Coal has long been seen as a dirty fuel due to high carbon emissions, a key cause of climate change.
But a new report says clean technologies already in hand can reduce the environmental damage. Moreover, unlike some renewable energy, coal can be stored and provided on demand.
Accused of scaremongering for taking climate change before the UN Security Council last week, Britain is standing firm in insisting it’s a global challenge that must not be allowed to degenerate into regional bickering.
Massachusetts Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich are advocating separate approaches to climate change, with Kerry calling for government regulation and Gingrich touting voluntary change fuelled by government incentives.