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Academic, Non-Governmental

August 31, 2009

By SolveClimate Staff

Aug 31, 2009


U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry announced today that they will delay introducing a Senate climate bill for a few weeks and instead set a goal of unveiling legislation "later in September."

(Carbon Positive)

A landslide victory for Japan’s party of near-permanent opposition has turned the country’s political scene on its head, and the country’s climate change policy along with it.


New Zealand should impose carbon emission controls on its power companies and manufacturers using a trading program rather than a carbon tax, a committee of lawmakers that has spent nine months reviewing the options said today.

(Wall Street Journal)

After nearly a six-month lull, Wall Street is getting back into the business of financing new wind farms. Bankers say this is the beginning of an active pipeline of new wind-farm financing, as well as investment in large solar and geothermal facilities.


Nepal's prime minister opened the first climate change conference of Himalayan nations today with a warning about the dangers of melting glaciers, floods and violent storms for the region.


Countries eager for an ambitious global deal on climate change should prepare to settle for less, warns Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Chair of the EU: “I am confident that we will have an agreement, but at this point I doubt it will be enough to reach the 2 degrees target."


Worldwide demand for rare earth metals, found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods, including hybrid cars, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tons annually in several years unless major new production sources are developed.

(Green Car Congress)

BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics is able to run completely under electric power for up to 31 miles with the power of the turbodiesel engine alone.

(San Diego Tribune)

Still haunted by rolling blackouts and budget-busting energy contracts, California plans to broaden its aggressive directive requiring utilities to get more power from renewable sources, but lawmakers have yet to deliver with two weeks left in the session.

(Tampa Tribune)

Military analysts say climate change threatens a cascade of natural disasters, crop failures, famine and disease that will strengthen terrorists by sparking conflict in unstable countries.

(Post & Courier)

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