Daily Archives: July 13, 2013

BBC News – Typhoon Soulik: China coastline battered with waves

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23301953
13 July 2013 Last updated at 11:06 ET Help

Strong winds are lashing coastal areas in China where some 300,000 people have been left their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland, reports say.

In the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, flights and train services were cancelled and fishing boats called back to shore.

Waves as high as 10m (32ft) hit Yuhuan County in Zhejiang Province and authorities have warned residents to stay away from the dangerous coastline.

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BBC News – China evacuations as Typhoon Soulik hits

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300439
13 July 2013 Last updated at 09:32 ET

Waves as high as 10m (32ft) hit Yuhuan County in Zhejiang Province

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Some 300,000 people in eastern China have fled their homes as Typhoon Soulik moves inland amid warnings of floods and landslides, state media report.

Winds of 119 km/hour (74 mph) lashed the coastal Fujian Province, said China’s National Meteorological Centre.

Emergency response plans were being implemented, said Xinhua state media, after recent torrential rain reportedly left 200 people dead or missing. ….(read more).

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Biofuels from food crops to be capped following MEPs’ vote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/11/biofuels-food-crops-capped-meps-vote

Influential Environment Committee backs cap on crop-based fuels and moves to include indirect emissions in EU directives

Biofuels from food crops will be capped under new EU plans voted on by MEPs. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

EU Parliamentarians have approved proposals to limit the contribution of conventional biofuels toward its green transport targets, in a move producers labelled “complex and ineffective”.

MEPs in the influential Environment Committee (ENVI) voted 43-21, with one abstention, to set a cap for fuels made from food crops at 5.5% and include emissions arising from indirect land use change (ILUC) factors such as clearing of forests, wetlands, or grasslands in the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive when calculating official emissions impacts.

The Commission had already proposed a five 5% cap, but the EU Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) said last month this should be raised to 6.5% and recommended ILUC factors not be included until the methodology for measuring indirect emissions is more reliable.

The cap is designed to accelerate the development of so-called second-generation biofuels, which derive from materials such as waste, agricultural residues, or algae, which in theory do not compete with food production but have yet to reach industrial levels of production.

Green groups have blamed biofuel production for rising food prices and point to a number of research papers that suggest ILUC emissions mean that some forms of biofuel, particular biodiesel made from palm or soybean oil, are worse for the environment than the petrol and diesel fuels they are designed to replace. (read more).

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