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Poll finds support for limiting power plant emissions

Source: 
Bloomberg

More than two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent poll by researchers at Yale and George Mason Universities said they would support curbing emissions at power plants even if doing so meant they’d pay more for electricity, Bloomberg reports.

Airlines’ fuel efficiency drive stalls

Source: 
FuelFix

A report from the International Council on Clean Transportation found that U.S. airlines failed to improve their fuel efficiency last year, a trend attributed in part to their retention of older aircraft, which may well continue as the recent slump in oil prices is easing pressure on them to cut their consumption, FuelFix reports.

Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise

SAO PAULO (AP) — Emission levels of greenhouse gases in Latin America's biggest country were almost 8 percent higher in 2013 than one year earlier, a Brazilian network of environmental groups said Wednesday.

The Observatorio do Clima, or Climate Observatory, is comprised of more than 30 non-governmental organizations focused on climate change.

NKorea may be restarting nuke fuel reprocessing

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly six years North Korea may be restarting a plant that can reprocess nuclear fuel into weapons-grade plutonium, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday.

The finding is based on analysis of recent commercial satellite imagery at the North's main Nyongbyon nuclear facility.

City OKs plan for gas-pump climate change labels

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Some of the country's first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.

The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

Oil

Brazil judge releases 11 pending Petrobras trial

SAO PAULO (AP) — A federal judge has released 11 of the 24 people arrested in the corruption scandal engulfing Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras pending the trial in the case.

Federal court press officer Christianne Machiavelli said Judge Sergio Moro on Tuesday evening ordered the release of those people he doesn't think will jeopardize the investigation.

UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. The two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009.

Anti-corporate groups to stop attending Davos

GENEVA (AP) — Two anti-corporate campaign groups say they will stop staging protests at the World Economic Forum because the annual meeting of political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps is no longer relevant.

Environmental group Greenpeace Switzerland and the Berne Declaration, which campaigns for responsible business, said Wednesday they will present the final "Public Eye Award" in Davos in January following 15 years of protests.

Dem Keystone backers got money from green groups

Source: 
National Journal

The 14 Democratic senators who supported the Keystone XL pipeline in Tuesday’s vote had received some $820,000 in campaign contributions from environmental groups, but an official with the Natural Resources Defense Council said her organization has also been giving consideration to lawmakers’ overall support of the Obama administration’s climate program, National Journal reports.

Renewable installations lag without carbon tax

Source: 
The New York Times

A carbon tax, not on the table because it’s not considered politically feasible, may be the only way to effectively and consistently boost renewable energy installations and cut emissions, The New York Times reports.

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