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David Kappos Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

David Kappos Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

David Kappos, Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu (R), speaks alongside Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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David Kappos Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

David Kappos Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

David Kappos (R), Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, speaks alongside Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu (R), speaks alongside Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Arun Majumdar Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Arun Majumdar Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Arun Majumdar (R), Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, speaks alongside Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Arun Majumdar Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Arun Majumdar Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Arun Majumdar, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Energy Secretary Steven Chu (R), speaks alongside Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Speaks on Green Technology in Washington

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke speaks at a press conference where he announced new green technology initiatives, at the Commerce Department in Washington on December 7, 2009. Under the new plan the U.S. Trade and Patent Office would expedite the approval of new green technology. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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China Discusses Carbon Emissions and Greenhouse Gases Targets

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 7 (UPI) — As world leaders gathered for the Monday opening of the U.N. climate-change conference in Copenhagen, a Chinese minister said his country’s carbon emissions would peak between 2030 and 2040.

Wan Gang, minister of science and technology, told the Guardian he hoped the maximum output of Chinese greenhouse gases would come as soon as possible within that range.

While Wan’s comments to the newspaper are not official policy, it is the nearest China has ventured in setting a target for when emissions will begin to decrease. Various experts, research groups and academics in China have estimated that emissions could peak between 2020 or 2050, although the government has yet to officially announce a target.

Determining a peak date for developing countries, which are experiencing quickly rising emissions, is a crucial issue for some 192 world leaders meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 7-18 to agree on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Under Kyoto, China was exempt from any requirement to control emissions.

“There are some uncertainties here, so it is difficult to say whether it will be in the beginning, the end or the middle, but I can say for sure it will be within that range,” Wan said in predicting the emissions peak occurring between 2030 and 2040. “As the minister of science and technology I would say the sooner the better.”

Wan said unpredictable factors such as the pace of China’s economic growth, increases in urbanization, and the level of scientific strides would affect the timing of the emissions peak. Attaining the earlier date in the range, he added, would be possible if China continued to invest in renewable energy efficiency, implemented carbon capture technology and promoted changes in consumer behavior.

China, the world’s biggest emitter of carbon, will account for approximately 29 percent of total global emissions by 2030, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,

Beijing announced its first carbon intensity target Nov. 26, saying it would cut carbon emissions per unit of its gross domestic product by between 40 percent and 45 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. Even with this cut, the country’s output of carbon dioxide is expected to increase by about 90 percent if the economy grows by 8 percent.

China’s Nov. 26 announcement “has assisted in triggering fresh momentum” in the days running up to the Copenhagen talks, Nick Nuttall, spokesman for the office of the U.N. Environment Program executive director, told state news agency Xinhua Saturday. “It underscores China’s determination to continue and accelerate the decoupling of CO2 emissions from economic growth,” he said.

Nuttall noted that China’s announcement, alongside commitments and pledges by other countries or blocs like the European Union, Brazil, Mexico and the Republic of Korea, is bringing the opportunity of a decisive agreement in Copenhagen much closer than perhaps was the case only a few months ago.

Xinhua predicts tough negotiations at the Copenhagen meeting.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Toronto Humane Society Closed Indefinitely on Animal Cruelty Charges

TORONTO, Nov. 30 (UPI) — The Toronto Humane Society is shut down indefinitely while accusations of animal cruelty and malfeasance are investigated, officials said Monday.

Toronto’s Globe and Mail reported it learned the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee is investigating alleged employee theft, kickbacks to directors, and improper use of the society’s cars and credit cards.

The newspaper said a source within the animal protection organization said the examination of its financial management is closely linked to the animal cruelty allegations, which led to charges against five senior managers and the board of directors last week.

The Globe said the source provided financial documents revealing the charity has spent $418,609 on lawyers this year, compared with $276,248 on emergency animal care.

The National Post reported the animal cruelty investigation will go on indefinitely, with one official saying it could be at least three weeks, and the shelter has been closed to the public until it is over.

“There is no end date, no sunset clause, so we are in this building as long as we need to be,” said Kevin Strooband, lead investigator for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Toronto Humane Society spokesman Ian McConachie said Monday the organization is “disappointed that we continue to be denied access to our facility.”

OSPCA investigators examined the approximately 1,000 animals in the shelter and found about half of the 800 cats were suffering from upper respiratory infections, Strooband said. Rat and cat droppings were found in spaces above the ceiling.

The Toronto Star reported the province has sent a letter to society board members warning them against using donor money to cover legal fees.

In the meantime, Toronto’s Animal Services’ four centers are available for people who need help with an animal or want to surrender one.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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