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First carbon capture & storage project goes online +++ Geographers to use wind to slow Alpine glacier melt +++ Germany builds giant offshore wind park +++ Australian hospital built to withstand sea level rise +++ G8 leaders want to halve CO2 emissions by 2050

Rising CO2 Emissions Fuelled by Developing Countries.

Global carbon dioxide emissions rose sharply again in 2007, four times faster year-on-year than during the 1990s, the Global Carbon Project said in its annual report. For the first time, half of all CO2 emissions are now produced in developing countries, like India and China.

World's First CCS Plant Goes Online in Germany.

Swedish utility Vattenfall has installed a carbon capture & storage (CCS) facility at a large coal power plant near Berlin, Germany. The pilot project will store carbon dioxide produced from burning coal underground rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.

Cooling Glaciers?

A team of geographers has installed windscreens on the Rhône glacier in Switzerland to stop further glacier melt. The scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany are hoping that cold fall winds can slow down rapid glacier melt in the Alps and other mountainous areas worldwide.

Germany Builds First Big Offshore Wind Park

Germany's first major offshore wind farm is starting to take shape. After years of planing and debate, the "alpha ventus" wind farm is scheduled to start producing energy in Fall 2008. The farm will be built 45 kilometers from the North Sea island of Borkum at a water depth of approximately 30 meters.

Australian Hospital to Resist Climate Change.

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, has announced plans to build a new, billion-dollar public hospital well above sea level to protect it from the effects of climate change. Placed a few meters above the waterfront, the building will be able to withstand storm surges and a rising sea level.

G8 Wants UN Deal to Cut Emissions

In their final statement on climate change, the leaders of the G8 countries said they want to cooperate with UN member states to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The climate communique, agreed on at the G8 summit in Japan, contains no numerical targets or precise mid-term goals. Video starten...

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