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Melbourne now a carbon neutral city

Melbourne is now a carbon-neutral city, as certified by the Australian government’s independent carbon offsetting authority. In an effort to become one of the world’s sustainable and liveable cities, Victoria’s capital has reduced and offset its carbon emissions, meeting the National Carbon Offset Standard set by Low Carbon Australia. “We’re already one of the world’s most liveable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are...

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China mandates stringent fuel economy standards

After months of discussion, China has finally imposed fuel economy standards to tackle the issue of pollution caused by the transportation sector. According to a Reuters report, China placed strict fuel economy standards to reduce fuel consumption by 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers by 2015 and a further 5.0 liters by 2020. China’s current passenger car fuel consumption stood at 7.8 liters per 100...

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Ocean plankton storing more carbon than originally thought – U.C. - Irvine

The world’s ocean plays an even more vital role as carbon storage centers than previously thought, according to a study by the University of California – Irvine. The researchers found that plankton forum near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought and global marine temperature fluctuations could mean these microorganisms digest double the carbon previously calculated...

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Japan’s seas yielding natural gas

The waters of Japan are offering the Asian country an alternative to the importation of fossil fuels, as researchers have successfully extracted gas from its offshore deposits of frozen methane hydrate. State-owned Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation announced on March 12 that they had successfully conducted the world’s first tests to extract natural gas from methane hydrate deposits located in the Nankai Trough,...

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Melting sea ice opening new trade routes in Arctic

Global warming and thinning sea ice could open up new shipping lanes throughout the Arctic Ocean. “This development is both exciting from an economic development point of view and worrisome in terms of safety, both for the Arctic environment and for the ships themselves, said Laurence C. Smith, a professor of geography at the University of California – Los Angeles. According to findings from the U.C.L.A., global warming will...

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Concern over environmental problems hitting a 20-year low

With the world feeling the impacts of a changing climate; it is surprising that people have been showing less and less concern about the environment. A multi-country survey by GlobeScan, a public opinion research consultancy, revealed that environmental concerns among citizens worldwide have been declining since 2009 and have now reached a twenty-year low. “Scientists report that evidence of environmental damage is...

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L.A. to be off coal by 2025

The city of Los Angeles will be off coal by 2025, said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “In a couple of weeks, I will sing an agreement to take the city off coal by 2025,” said Mr. Villaraigosa during a symposium on February 26 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon re-election on July 2009, Mr. Villaraigosa announced plans to put L.A. on a path to break its love affair with coal. L.A. aims to get...

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Earth Hour 2013 looks for change

Earth Hour is not merely an annual event but a continuous movement calling for real action to change the world we live in. “People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are the lifeblood of the Earth Hour interconnected global community. They have proven time and time again that if you believe in something strongly enough, you can achieve amazing things,” said Adam Ridley, chief executive officer...

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A.P.E.C. member economies likely to meet 45% energy efficiency goal by 2035 - report

A new report found that Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries, even under business-as-usual scenarios, are likely to meet their 45 percent energy efficiency target by 2035. Commissioned by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center and A.P.E.C. Energy Working Group, the report assessed energy demand and supply, as well as greenhouse gas emissions in the region. “A.P.E.C.’s energy efficiency surge over...

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Renewable energy crucial to securing Australia’s energy future - study

Australia must immediately invest in alternative energy technologies in order to pull off its emissions reduction targets and provide a sustainable energy system for the country by 2035, suggestes a new study by the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland. Apart from coal-fired power plants, a combination of large-scale renewable energy facilities, including solar and wind, is needed to secure...

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