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Worldwatch Institute Releases Report: Vital Signs 2006 - 2007 http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4345 . Press release by Worldwatch Institute, July 12, 2006. "Economic Gains Mask Underlying CrisisS Nearly 80 percent of the world's energy comes fromS fossil fuelsS [which] continued to rise despite soaring energy prices over the past two years: in 2004, coal use jumped 6.3 percent and natural gas consumption rose 3.3 percent; in 2005, oil use increased 1.3 percent. These growth rates were dwarfed by those in renewable energy: global wind power capacity jumped 24 percent in 2005, solar photovoltaic production increased 45 percent, and biofuels production jumped 20 percent. OThese developments are impressive and are likely to provoke far-reaching changes in world energy markets within the next five years,' said Worldwatch Institute president Christopher Flavin. OBut the transition will have to move even faster to prevent the kind of ecological and economic crises that may be precipitated by continuing dependence on fossil fuels.'" (Selected vital facts in the report) http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4346
Russia Ignores Pleas not to Drill into Pristine Antarctic Lake http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/russia-ignores-plea-on-drilling-antarct ic-lake/2006/07/12/1152637740824.html . By Andrew Darby, The Age (Australia), July 13, 2006. "Against the pleas of scientists and environmentalists, Russia is proceeding with plans to drill a giant lake locked under the Antarctic ice sheet, risking pollution in its first exposure to human contact. Lake Vostok, almost 13,000 square kilometres, has not been exposed to the outside world for hundreds of thousands of years. It is likely to contain unique life forms, and possibly fish."
French President Calls on G8 to Lead Global-Warming Fight
http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/07/13/chirac-kyoto.html?ref=rss .CBC News (Canada), July 13, 2006. "French President Jacques Chirac has called on developed countries to strongly commit to fight global warming. OThe increase in the fossil-fuel consumption will have disastrous effects for the environment and the climate,' Chirac said in an article in a French newspaper [Les Echos] on Thursday. Some media reports interpreted his comments as an attack on Canada and Japan, two countries that will not meet their commitments under the Kyoto pact, an international deal that set targets for cutting emissions that contribute to global warmingS The seven G8 members who have ratified Kyoto . BBC News, July 13, 2006. "People across 19 nations fear energy policies are affecting the environment and stability, a BBC poll suggests. The findings from across 19 countries come in the run-up to the G8 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, which will focus on energy security."
International Day of Direct Action for Climate Justice http://pittsburgh.indymedia.org/news/2006/05/23883.php . Pittsburgh Independent Media Center website, "July 15th will be an International Day of Action Against Climate Change. As G8 energy ministers promise trillions in new subsidies to the industries destroying our planet and our future, we will take action to shut them down! This is a call for autonomous, decentralized actions appropriate for your town, city, or bioregion. Use this international day of action to support local struggles against oil refineries, gas pipelines, strip mines and coal-fired power plantsS Get more information and updates about July 15th international actions against climate change, plus news and links about additional global resistance against the 2006 G8 Summit from July 14th to 17th! Go to http://www.reclaimthecommons.net ."
Montreal Climate Exchange Sets up Shop
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=33278 . GreenBiz News, July 13, 2006. "The Montreal Exchange (MX) has partnered with the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) to establish the Montreal Climate Exchange (MCeX), the first environmental products market in Canada. The new exchange combines the special expertise of the MX, Canada's financial derivatives exchange, with that of CCX, which operates the only global greenhouse gas emissions trading system. CCX is a world leader in building and operating environmental markets."
Senate Cuts Deal on Gulf Drilling http://www.sptimes.com/2006/07/12/Worldandnation/Senate_cuts_deal_on_g.shtm l . By Wes Allison, St. Petersburg Times, July 12, 2006. "Senate leaders announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday to open much of the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration, while providing significant protections for Florida's west coast over the next two decadesS The new deal shows that although political pressure to drill off the nation's coasts is rising with energy prices, the Senate is not ready to adopt the sweeping measure the U.S. House passed last month, which called for opening to drilling all U.S. waters past 50 miles, unless states opted to restrict it up to 100 miles."
Los Angeles Cars Going Green
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/13072006/323/los-angeles-cars-green.html . By Zachary Slobig, Agence France Presse, July 13, 2006. "With gasoline prices soaring, anxieties about global warming, and concern over the war in Iraq, a small but growing group in Los Angeles is replacing petroleum with alternative fuels. Clean fuel vehicle mechanic and salesman Brian Friedman cannot keep up with demand and says he is selling twenty vegetable oil fueled cars a week. OLove Craft,' his shop just east of Hollywood, is overflowing with 100 mostly late 1970s to early 1980s Mercedes diesel cars waiting to be converted and sold to anxious buyersS Love Craft's cars run on either recycled or fresh vegetable oil, which Friedman recommends because it eliminates the need for industrial refinement."
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