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Methane leaks could reduce climate benefits of US shale gas

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USA: Report from report Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), says America’s shift from coal to gas has produced important climate gains but potential methane emissions – which is 105 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas on a 20-year timescale – are a serious concern. (Guardian)

US CO2 emissions from domestic energy have declined by 8.6% since a peak in 2005 – according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA)

UK: British lawmakers on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the coalition government’s Energy Bill which would have locked the power sector into tough carbon cuts from 2014, two years earlier than planned, and limited new gas plants being built after 2020. (Reuters)

Japan: Investment in solar could see the country become the world’s largest photovoltaics market in terms of revenue this year. A new report “The Photovoltaic Market in Japan” suggests growth is now at 270%, after 1.5 GW of PV capacity was installed in the first quarter of 2013. (Clean Technica)

Canada: Per capita consumption of all petroleum fuels has dropped 16% in British Columbia since a carbon tax was introduced in 2008 (Vancouver Sun)

UN: Negotiators at the Bonn UN climate change conference next week are expected to propose setting up a REDD+ governing body, which could help provide a solution to how countries monitor, report and verify successful emissions reductions. (Trust.org)

 

 

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