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  • IPCC mitigation report moves to final review | Business Spectator
    Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu IPCC mitigation report moves to final review 18 Dec 2013 12 47 PM Climate Science Environment Final draft of Fifth Assessment Report dealing with options to reduce emissions now complete You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has submitted the final draft of the mitigation section of the Fifth Assessment Report to governments for review With an outline of 16 chapters the report provides a detailed assessment of the options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change About 16 000 comments were submitted by experts in the review of the first order draft Close to 20 000 comments were received from experts and governments in the second round of review Ottmar Edenhofer Co Chair of the working group authoring the mitigation report noted The reviews are an essential part of the IPCC s assessment process as they improve the quality of the report and

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  • EU reaches deal to cap super-warming F-gases | Business Spectator
    power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu EU reaches deal to cap super warming F gases 17 Dec 2013 9 41 AM Climate Policy Politics Science Environment Environmentalists and industry welcome agreement push on for international deal You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters The European Union on Monday reached a tentative deal on limiting the use in fridges and air conditioners of fluorinated gases that have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide Two decades after international action led to the phasing out of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons CFCs the European Commission last year proposed a law to eliminate the climate harming F gases that replaced CFCs Under Monday s deal the new rules introduce a cap to achieve a 79 per cent reduction by 2030 on the group of gases known as hydroflurocarbons HFCs The rules also include bans on the use of HFCs in new equipment in some business sectors by 2022 and prevent their use for servicing and maintainence of old equipment The agreement on Monday needs to be endorsed by EU diplomats and then the European Parliament and EU ministers to become law EU officials said F gases used as coolants in air conditioning and in domestic supermarket and industrial refrigeration were introduced as a solution easily acceptable to industry because their production chain resembled that for CFCs But their global warming potential up to 23 000 times more than carbon dioxide led the Commission to push for natural non synthetic alternatives such as ammonia or CO2 which can have high cooling properties when used in refrigeration Environmental campaigners and Green politicians had tried to get a more sweeping ban but said that the

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  • Reading the Arctic's cold exterior | Business Spectator
    extent reached a record low in Eurasia despite a frigid and snowy winter The rapid melt of snow cover accelerates warming in the Arctic as dark land surfaces absorb more solar radiation and that warming also helps contribute to sea ice melt Widespread sustained changes that are driving the Arctic sytsem into a new state Some would say that this has already happened that the Arctic has shifted into a new normal said Martin Jeffries science adviser for US Arctic Research Commission and a professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks One major theme throughout the report is how much scientists still don t know about the Arctic particularly when it comes to marine life A lack of observations of fish populations for example prevent researchers from understanding how global warming is shifting fish species at different layers within the ocean Scientists seeking more observations As the Arctic Ocean has rapidly opened in recent years due to sea ice loss scientists have been scrambling to deploy observing systems to keep pace with the environmental changes But they have bumped up against budgetary challenges and logistical constraints We have almost no observations of the currents of the census of life in new areas of open water NOAA s Kathy Crane said at the press conference The insights that scientists have been able to glean about changes to the oceans in the Far North show the same thing that is occurring on land widespread rapid change The report found that 25 percent more heat and freshwater is now being stored in the Beaufort Gyre which is a clockwise moving ocean current that circles around north of Alaska and Canada Much of that heat has been added during the summer and fall coinciding with the most rapid time of sea ice loss In addition the report said that Atlantic mackerel and cod have already moved into Arctic seas with a historically high amount 2 1 million tonnes of spawning fish of Atlantic cod in the Barents Sea Norway and Russia shared a record Atlantic cod quota in 2013 and the report warned that increased industrial fishing could alter local fish populations especially since no fisheries management limits have yet been put into place for international Arctic waters Jeffries said new observing networks are urgently needed in the Arctic and efforts are underway on an international level to deploy more instruments to monitor the oceans and atmosphere in the region Budget constraints and the lack of currently available observing platforms including icebreakers that can transport researchers and serve as floating science platforms during the winter and early spring have hampered activities The US currently has just two functioning icebreakers and Alaska s senators Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich along with Washington State s Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have been trying to authorise funding for the construction of up to four new icebreakers for the US Coast Guard Rapid Arctic climate change has forced the US military to re

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  • Andrew Freedman | Business Spectator
    comprehensive of any city worldwide by Andrew Freedman 10 26am June 13 Finding a way to slow sea level rise Reducing emissions of short lived climate pollutants like methane and soot can slow the rate of sea level rise a new study suggests by Andrew Freedman 11 22am April 15 6 comments Which hemisphere is warming faster One hemisphere is leading the other in global warming and projections show that it is likely to widen its lead in the coming decades by Andrew Freedman 10 22am April 11 2 comments Extreme weather You ain t seen nothing yet A new study warns engineers that are designing critical infrastructure that planning for only the current types and severity of extreme events is likely to underestimate the actual risk by Andrew Freedman 9 40am April 09 2 comments An extreme insurance toll In a tough follow up to 2011 s record extreme weather saw 2012 tally as the third most expensive year on record for the insurance sector according to reinsurance giant Swiss Re by Andrew Freedman 9 20am April 02 3 comments The Arctic s fractured February A large expanse of Arctic sea ice has fractured a sign the ice is thin and vulnerable to melting ahead of summer by Andrew Freedman 9 24am March 14 1 comment 2012 ranks in top 10 hottest 2012 was one of the 10 warmest years on global record separate analyses from NASA and NOAA say as the effects of man made global warming become more apparent by Andrew Freedman 11 16am January 16 America s hottest year on record According to America s official weather agency 2012 was the warmest and second most extreme year on record in the lower 48 states by Andrew Freedman 11 20am January 09 The latest on climate records The globe recorded the fifth warmest October on record while the northern hemisphere winter forecast is more uncertain by Andrew Freedman 8 51am November 19 Obama s climate call to action At a press conference on Wednesday President Obama was as firm as ever in his commitment to address climate change But a carbon tax still appears a longshot by Andrew Freedman 9 28am November 15 Hurricane Sandy A Frankenstorm strikes the US History is being written as an extreme weather event continues to unfold one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States So how bad is it and what has climate change got to do with it by Andrew Freedman 8 51am October 30 Page 1 Reading the Arctic s cold exterior Despite the lack of a summer melting scientists say signs of global warming continue unabated in the Arctic by Andrew Freedman 1 39pm December 16 4 comments Pouring cold water over Arctic optimism This year weather patterns in the Arctic were more favourable for maintaining more of the ice cover than during the past few summers But that ice is precarious and the long term trend is unchanged by Andrew Freedman 11 36am September

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  • Fugitive emissions offset grid decline | Business Spectator
    into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Fugitive emissions offset grid decline 13 Dec 2013 4 30 PM Climate Energy markets Policy Politics Science Environment Electricity emissions fall 6 3 per cent in financial year mining and gas production numbers spike You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Newly released data from the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows that Australia s emissions overall rose 1 5 per cent in the year from June 2012 to 2013 with a continuing decline in electricity emissions being largely offset by increases in fugitive carbon The 6 3 per cent or nearly 12 million tonnes decline in emissions from electricity generation reflecting lower demand and changes in the generation mix was largely offset by increases in fugitive emissions For instance fugitive emissions from mining and gas production jumped 11 4 per cent reflecting growth in black coal mining and gas production Elsewhere other emissions excluding land use land use change and forestry fell 0 1 per cent Emissions from sectors not covered or are only partly covered by the carbon laws continued to grow These include resource extraction transport agriculture and deforestation Transport emissions increased by 2 8 per cent Agricultural emissions were up 2 7 per cent and net deforestation emissions up by 1 5 per cent or 8 4 million tonnes Meanwhile annual emissions for 2012 13 are estimated to be 545 9 Mt CO2 e

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  • EU fails to limit biofuels | Business Spectator
    Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu EU fails to limit biofuels 13 Dec 2013 10 10 AM Climate Policy Politics Science Environment Governments forced to delay food based biofuel limit amid food price environment concerns You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters EU energy ministers on Thursday failed to agree on a compromise deal to limit the use of transport fuels made from food crops which critics say pushes up food prices and can do more harm than good to the environment The European Union s Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the delay would damage its efforts to reduce dependence on gas and oil imported from such sources as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and would hurt its drive to curb greenhouse gas emissions If we delay and postpone the winners will be OPEC and Russia he said Last year in response to warnings about food price inflation and unintended consequences on the environment the European Commission the EU s executive proposed to cap the bloc s use of biofuels based on crops such as maize or rapeseeed at 5 per cent That compares with an existing goal to get 10 per cent of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020 an amount that would be almost entirely derived from food based fuels Lawmakers in the European Parliament backed a slightly higher cap than the Commission proposed of 6 per cent stirring opposition from the biofuels industry The industry has invested on the basis of the original 10 per cent goal and accuses the Commission of a U turn that it says will force plant closures and cost jobs EU energy ministers debated a new compromise of 7 per cent put forward by Lithuania holder of the EU presidency Member states were deeply divided Some such as Poland and Hungary argued a 7 per cent cap was too low while Denmark and Belgium for instance said it was too high Others said a compromise deal should be accepted on pragmatic grounds There are some good victories for the environment compared to the current directive said Ed Davey Britain s energy and climate change secretary Danish Minister for Climate Energy and Buildings Martin Lidegaard wanted more He called for a sub target to spur new generation biofuels made from algae and waste a cap of 5 per cent on crop based fuels in line with the Commission proposal and accounting of factors such as indirect land

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  • Govt, Rio rush on coal approval | Business Spectator
    Govt Rio rush on coal approval 12 Dec 2013 11 38 PM 1 Industries Resources and Energy Climate Science Environment Enviro groups say NSW govt miner are making mockery of due process You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP The NSW government and mining giant Rio Tinto are working together to rush through approval for a controversial coal mine already ruled against by the land court environmentalists say The Lock The Gate alliance and the Bulga Milbrodale Process Association BMPA have written to the state s planning minister Brad Hazzard asking him to suspend the approval process for the expansion of the Warkworth coal mine in the Hunter Valley The groups have been fighting the expansion of the mine since fully owned Rio Tinto subsidiary Coal and Allied applied to the government for approval in March 2010 It was approved in February last year and subsequently challenged in the Land and Environment court by BMPA The Land and Environment court overturned approval for the mine which was expected to produce about 18 million tonnes of coal annually in April The reasons for the judgment included unacceptable impacts on residents impacts on endangered ecological communities and the fact the Rio Tinto had previously signed an agreement not to mine the area in question the groups said in a joint statement This decision was appealed by Rio Tinto and the planning department and is before NSW Court of Appeal But on November 12 Rio Tinto applied for a smaller extension of the same mine under which open cut mining would be conducted in the same area where the Land and Environment court ruled it should not take place They sprang this without warning which is fairly unprecedented Lock the Gate s Steve Phillips told AAP on Thursday night The project was put on public exhibition for two weeks half the usual period and Rio Tinto responded to about 1000 submissions the next business day after public consultation closed he said That s a process that usually takes at least a couple of months We think that they just haven t even read the submissions On the business day following Rio Tinto s response the planning department published a report recommending the project be approved Again that s a process that usually takes months it was done literally in one day Mr Phillips said At the same time the public were being kept in the dark he said They are working together to make sure it proceeds through the approval process as fast as possible making a complete mockery of due process Comment has been sought from the NSW government Print

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  • Business builds its own carbon bridge | Business Spectator
    week by CDP a non profit organisation that compiles environmental performance data for investors Royal Dutch Shell and BP are planning on US40 and Total anticipates a carbon cost of US34 according to the New York based group formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project Companies involved in extracting and processing hydrocarbons such as crude oil and natural gas must ensure that multibillion dollar investments remain profitable for decades under even the strictest environmental rules said Deborah Gordon a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace s energy and climate program Oil and gas companies face risks that regions currently without significant greenhouse gas limits will impose costs or penalties in the future that may threaten the profitability of major capital investments such as offshore platforms or refineries The fact that some countries are moving forward while others are regressing on carbon regulation is less significant than the overall uncertainty of what the regulatory environment will look like over the next 20 years Meanwhile Australia s US9bn clean energy fund is lobbying to stay in business to aid the nation s fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Prime Minister Tony Abbott s government introduced legislation within weeks of his September 7 election victory to dismantle a carbon price the fund and related agencies established by the previous Labor Party administration The clean energy fund is expected to survive to at least until July when a new Senate is sworn in as opposition parties join together to block the suite of bills shutting down several climate programs In a last ditch appeal to stay open the clean energy lender submitted a paper to lawmakers last week claiming it can contribute more than half the emission reductions that the government has promised by 2020 In the airline industry Europe may decide in the next five months to extend a freeze on emission limits for foreign flights as far as 2020 a European Union adviser said EU lawmakers will consider the position of nations including the UK that are unwilling to have the bloc s emission limits imposed on flights outside the region Pierre Dechamps an adviser for energy and climate change at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers said December 5 The fact that policy makers have yet to come to an agreement on the coverage of the aviation sector leaves the industry uncertain on its future compliance position The UK seems more wary of reigniting the potential for a trade conflict and if additional member states align with this stance the commission s proposal to include all emissions in EU airspace will face an uphill battle European Union governments are also stripping national targets out of draft EU legislation meant to boost clean fuels for cars trucks and ships EU transport ministers deleted the minimum number of publicly accessible electric vehicle recharging points that the European Commission proposed in January to be established by 2020 The ministers also threw out proposed 2020 targets for the maximum distances between fuelling

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