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Climate Change: Bangkok talks begin with plea for action (part 2)

One negotiating track will look at proposals for a new clean technology transfer mechanism, while another will address the mitigation actions developing countries need to take to curb emissions. A third workshop that took place yesterday looked at industrialised countries' emission targets and how to assess whether they have been met.

"These discussions are important because they have started to shape up governments' ideas on how to create a transparent, rule-based global emission reduction framework, with delegates looking at the specifics of enhanced accountability and transparency for both developed and developing countries," Figueres said.

Tansneem Essop, delegation leader for the World Wildlife Fund sums up the task ahead:

"The fragile compromise achieved in Cancun helped put the UN negotiations back on track, Bangkok needs to build on this progress and boost the overall ambition levels of the talks if we are to avert the worst consequences of climate change."

Climate Change: Bangkok talks begin with plea for action (part 1)

But she reiterated her warning that current emission reduction pledges will deliver only 60 per cent of the cuts thought necessary to meet the agreed target of limiting average global temperature rises to less than two degrees Centrigrade.

She also warned that the 1,500 diplomats and ministers attending the talks needed to find a way to end the stand off over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, noting that the current commitment period is due to end in 2012, potentially removing the only legally binding limits on industrialised nations' carbon emissions and undermining the legal framework for the UN's carbon trading schemes.

Experts agree: lithium-ion will power EVs for a while

Automotive and battery-industry experts, citing a lack of alternatives, said lithium-ion will be the dominant electric-vehicle battery technology for at least another 15 years.

"We now have lithium-ion and, if you look at the lead times for introducing new technology, I don’t think there will be a new technology for a while," said Uwe Likar, manager advanced engineering planning at Mitsubishi Motor.

Added Jerome Perrin, r&d director at French automaker Renault: "We’ll have lithium ion for another 20 years."

90% enterprises of Lead-acid battery recycling industry in China are not qualified

It's said by one expert in China that in the industry of lead-acid batteries recycling, from the recycling to the dismantling, and then to the production of lead, each step is pollution! Much lead-acid battery recycling in China is illegal.

Statistics show that about 300 companies are engaged in the field of regenerated lead  in China (many of them are in the field of lead-acid battery recycling). But half of these companies are without legal operation, without legal documents from the government. The investment of these illegal companies are as low as RMB50,000.00 (about US$7,640.00) to RMB100,000.00 (about 15,267.00). More than half of China's lead contamination comes from these outdated lead-acid battery recycling enterprises. In fact 90 per cent enterprises in the industry of lead-acid battery recycling in China are not qualified.

The safety costs of nuclear power station are rising

60% of the capital costs of building for any nuclear power plants is related with nuclear safety, radiation protection and eco-friendly. And 25% - 40% of the costs of Nuclear Power Plant is used on eco-friendly issues.

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is the first commercial nuclear power plant in the 60s of last century. Its design and safety standards fully meet the requirements at the time. But it's also limited by the level of technology and industry restrictions at that time.

There is always room for improving the safety of nuclear power plants if the investment is enough. The only question is economical or not. Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant adopted the boiling water reactors, which were designed by General Electric (GE) in the 60s of last century. This kind of boiling water reactor is simple, stable, with low cost. But the security is not high after the accident.

Tianjin Eco-city Cleantech Focus (part 3)

A minority of anonymous conference attendees expressed the heavily critical view that the SSTEC exists simply as a trendy method of attracting venture and development capital from the blossoming community of investors supporting projects focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. While this thought may or may not be running through the heads of the powers-that-be, green business is certainly commanding attention and investment in business circles around the world.

Following early September's World Economic Forum meeting and the SSTEC conference, Tianjin is now set to host the United Nations Development Program's climate conference, with expected attendance around 3000. While the successes and failures of eco-cities, and the SSTEC, have yet to be determined, the Bohai Economic Rim's is all but written in the stars. With plans for the region's economic outlook booked, Tianjin will certainly continue to be a hot growth region for the People's Republic.


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