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Getting the carbon out of emissions

Cambridge, MA; June 2013

Many researchers around the world are seeking ways to “scrub” carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of fossil-fuel power plants as a way of curbing the gas that is considered most responsible for global climate change. But most such systems rely on complex plumbing to divert the steam used to drive the turbines that generate power in these plants, and such systems are not practical as retrofits to existing plants. Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a scrubbing system for carbon dioxide that requires no steam connection, can operate at lower temperatures, and would essentially be a “plug-and-play” solution that could be added relatively easily to any existing power plant.

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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013

London, 12 June 2013

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013 is the sixth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Based on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it has become the world’s foremost reference document for renewable energy investment statistics, and for the examination of trends by region, country, sector and investment type.

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Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: IEA

Paris, 10 June 2013

Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2 °C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.

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Launch of the MENA Renewables Status Report

London, 4 June 2013

Download the MENA Renewables Status Report: The MENA Renewables Status Report, released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REN21, and the United Arab Emirates, reveals massive growth in the renewable energy markets of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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The rise of carbon markets: Report

Washington DC, 3 June 2013

Today, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released The World’s Carbon Markets: A case study guide to Emissions Trading, a collaborative series of case studies examining carbon market development around the globe.

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Carbon Market Challenges & Opportunities

London, 29 May 2013

Short-term intervention in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is essential, say nine out of ten members of leading carbon association. IETA members would overwhelmingly support intervention by the European Commission in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) within 12 months to improve the functioning of the market from its current record lows.

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A ‘Lost Decade’ of EU Climate Policy: Report

London, May 2013

European policymakers must urgently send a clear policy signal to power sector investors, or risk a 'lost decade' in which the European economy fails to reduce carbon emissions and piles up costs for future delayed reductions. This is the key conclusion of a major new EURELECTRIC study: Power Choices Reloaded.

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CO2 level crosses milestone at Hawaii site

Washington, May 2013

The amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began in 1958, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Friday. To many scientists, crossing the 400 ppm threshold, which means that there are 400 molecules of carbon dioxide for every million molecules in the air, is a bit like the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising above 15,000 points.

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EU 2020 target unlikely to be met

London, May 2013

The continued slow pace of new investments in renewable energy around the world seen in Q1 this year, masks some strong signals of support according to the quarterly report from Rabobank. In the US, the role shale gas production will play in the energy mix may dominate the agenda of the new administration, but there remains a clear commitment to renewable projects.

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Moving the UK solar market past the ‘boom and bust’ stage

London, 6 May 2013

The UK solar PV market is making headlines again as its 500 MW of installed capacity accounted for 10% of the global installations in the first quarter of 2013. As a result, the UK market passed the 2 GigaWatt mark of cumulative installed solar capacity. 2012 hasn't been a bad year either. Government statistics confirm 779 MW of installed PV capacity in 2012. According to Solarbuzz, 11.3% of the UK’s electricity last year was generated from renewable energy sources.

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