‘WASHINGTON Reuters – China and other developing nations must help “pay” for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Monday, backing off a recent statement that put a greater burden on the United States.’
‘The United States got about 2800 megawatts of geothermal energy in 2006, or 0.3 percent of the total. But it only costs 4 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour to make on average, according to DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division – close to the ultra-cheap price of energy made from coal, but without coal power’s massive carbon emissions.’
‘The Quercus Trust and 21Ventures said Wednesday they have invested $2 million in Westford, Mass.-based GreenRay, which is pairing solar panels with its microinverters to create AC solar panels.’
‘China, like the United States, seems ready to take off as a ravenous consumer of solar energy.
Earlier this week, China’s largest solar company, Suntech Power (NYSE: STP), said it had signed letters of intent to build four solar farms totaling 1.8 gigawatts for provincial and city governments in China.’
‘LONDON (Reuters) – A dual system of both national emissions caps and carbon trading schemes should play a central role in cutting global greenhouse gas emissions, a report commissioned by the British government said on Monday.’
‘SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United Nations has given a green light to the first of a new generation of carbon offset programs designed to bring carbon reductions to a mass market in developing nations.’
‘WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce Monday that his department is temporarily barring the filing of new uranium mining claims on about 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, an Obama administration official said.’
Reuters video covers alternative agriculture: one small organic dairy farmer’s fund raising efforts in New York.
‘GURGAON, India (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sounded optimistic on Sunday that the United States and India can bridge their differences on reducing greenhouse gases.’
‘OSLO (Reuters) – The Pacific island state of Tuvalu set a goal Sunday of a 100 percent shift to renewable energy by 2020, hoping to set an example to industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gases it blames for rising sea levels.’