|RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business|
by Andrew E. Kramer, The New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.
|WORLD: Forest Carbon Projects Under Scrutiny|
by Vanessa Houlder, Financial Times
November 13th, 2003
An agreement allowing companies to grow trees as an alternative to curbing their use of fossil fuels is becoming one of the most contentious issues in the run-up to next month's Milan conference on climate change.
|Russia: Island to Be Turned into Japan's Energy Hub|
by Nick Paton Walsh, The Guardian
August 25th, 2003
It will be the largest energy project in the world, but ecologists fear that a huge pipeline and three drilling platforms on and around the Russian island of Sakhalin, which borders Japan, may spell environmental disaster. The project is likely to bring a company led by British and Dutch giant Shell hundreds of billions of dollars and the Kremlin $49bn (31bn). Moscow's politicians and oil executives are already counting down to the project's completion in 2007. But ecologists are criticising the "foolish" decision to build the pipeline underground through an active seismic fault in an area considered by many a rare marine reserve.
|USA: Environmental Groups Critique Choice of New EPA Head|
Environment News Service
August 11th, 2003
Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, a Republican who favors strengthening the power of states over environmental regulation, has been chosen by President George W. Bush to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If confirmed by the Senate, Leavitt will replace former EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman, a former governor of New Jersey who resigned in May. Environmental groups reacted to the nomination with disappointment and warnings that the nominee must assure the nation he will not cater to developers. Business organizations were generally pleased with the President's choice.
|Alaska: Warming is Disturbing Preview of What's to Come, Scientists Say|
by Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder Newspapers
July 31st, 2003
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska is melting.Glaciers are receding. Permafrost is thawing. Roads are collapsing. Forests are dying. Villages are being forced to move, and animals are being forced to seek new habitats.What's happening in Alaska is a preview of what people farther south can expect, said Robert Corell, a former top National Science Foundation scientist who heads research for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment team.
|New Report: Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Not Diclosing, Acting of Financial Risks of Climate Change|
Investor Responsibility Research Center
July 9th, 2003
Most of Americas biggest carbon dioxide-emitting companies including ChevronTexaco (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), General Electric (GE), Southern Company (SO), and Xcel Energy (XEL) are not adequately disclosing the financial risks posed by climate change and also are failing to deal with global warming issues in other key corporate governance areas, according to a new study of 20 of the worlds largest companies.
|USA: EPA Downplayed Climate Change in Environmental Challenges Report|
by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
June 20th, 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency scrapped a detailed assessment of climate change from an upcoming report on the state of the environment after the White House directed major changes and deletions to emphasize the uncertainties surrounding global warming
|USA: White House Joins Corporate Houses|
by Ross Gelbspan, Down to Earth
June 3rd, 2003
The Bush administrations agenda aims to savage the United Nations, destroy the foundations of an emerging global community and ignore increasingly shrill alarms from an overstressed natural world.
|Bechtel: Oil, Gas and Mining|
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
May 1st, 2003
Bechtel has also played a major role in construction for the fossil fuel economy and the mining industry. Today as we lurch into a world where climate change has become a daily reality because of our over-consumption of fossil fuels Bechtel must take a share of the blame having built quite a few of the nation's as well as the world's major oil and natural gas production facilities and pipelines.
|US: Global Warming Activists Claim Big Victory|
by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
April 23rd, 2003
The season of corporate shareholder meetings is just beginning, but already global warming activists have claimed a major victory in the first of a series of 14 anticipated fights with some of the country's largest companies
|Indigenous Struggle in Ecuador Becomes a "Cause Beyond Control"|
by Kenny Bruno, EarthRights International
March 13th, 2003
Ecuador's government recently ruled indigenous opposition to Amazon oil development a "cause beyond control." That leaves the companies free to pull out. It could also be an excuse to step up repression.
|Apply for the Climate Justice Corps!|
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
March 6th, 2003
If you are a young organizer or researcher interested in climate change or environmental justice in the United States, apply to the Climate Justice Corps!
|USA: Memo Exposes Bush's New Greenwash Strategy|
by Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
March 4th, 2003
The US Republican party is changing tactics on the environment, avoiding "frightening" phrases such as global warming, after a confidential party memo warned that it is the domestic issue on which George Bush is most vulnerable.
|USA: Republican "Clear Skies" Toxic to Democrats|
Environmental News Service
February 28th, 2003
The Clear Skies initiative, an air quality plan architected by President George W. Bush, was reintroduced in Congress Thursday. It drew immediate criticism from Democrats who vowed to fight the administration's market centered approach to reducing air pollution from power plants.
|USA: Former EPA Chief Blasts "Clear Skies" Emissions Plan|
by Christine Suh, United Press International
February 25th, 2003
A former head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the Bush administration's Clear Skies initiative to cut power plant emissions could leave children vulnerable to mercury exposure.
|Bush's Climate Change Plan Violates Principles of Just Climate Change Policy|
Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
February 12th, 2003
OAKLAND, Calif.-- The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative finds that the climate change policy outlined today by President Bush violates key Principles of Just Climate Change Policy (for all 10 Principles, see www.ejcc.org). Representatives from communities most affected by global warming blast the Bush Administration's latest attempt to disguise action on this pressing issue.
|USA: The Kyoto Protocol and Iraq War|
by Michael Renner, United Press International
February 5th, 2003
WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- As discussion about the looming war in Iraq intensifies in the wake of George Bush's State of the Union address, one item conspicuously absent from news bulletins and pundits' pontifications is the Kyoto protocol.