January 6, 2016

January 5, 2016

Norwegian Govn't to Statoil: Test Carbon Capture Feasibility in North Sea

Responding to a request by the Norwegian government, oil giant Statoil will conduct carbon capture and storage (CCS) feasibility studies in the North Sea during the first half of the year.

"The results from the storage studies, together with feasibility studies within CO2 capture and CO2 transport, will form the basis for a decision by the Norwegian government on further progress for full-scale CCS in Norway," Statoil said in a recent statement.

January 4, 2016

For 2015, Likely Record Low U.S. Coal Miner Deaths

For the U.S. coal industry, 2015 was not a great year with all the worker layoffs, plant closures and low stock prices. But there appears to be a silver lining. According to the Associated Press, the sector likely saw the lowest number of on-the-job deaths in coal mines in recent years.

Texas Joins Lawsuit Against EPA Ozone Rule

Texas recently become the ninth state to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone rule.

"Areas of the country that fail to comply with these impossible standards will be subject to costly new regulations that will harm our economy and kill jobs," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on Monday.

January 1, 2016

What's Behind the Record Flooding in the U.K.?

With record-breaking floods already impacting thousands of homes in the United Kingdom, there's been much discussion about what is driving the series of devastating winter storms. So far, both climate change and El Niño are currently under suspicion.

December 24, 2015

Shell Announces Big Cuts in Spending, Costs for 2016

Energy company Royal Dutch Shell recently announced plans for next year to dramatically cut spending by about 30 percent compared to 2014 and to slash its operating costs by $3 billion.

"Our industry has entered what could be a prolonged downturn," Chad Holliday, a Shell executive, said in a statement. 

December 23, 2015

Pres. Obama: Climate Agreement Will Outlast GOP 'Climate Denial'

In a recent interview with National Public Radio, U.S. President Barack Obama insisted that the recent climate deal with survive even a Republican presidency. When asked about whether a future president might undo the Obama administration's work on the agreement, he said, "by the time that even a Republican president came into office, what you would have seen would be a growing realization that not only should we do something about climate change, but it's not only a challenge, it's also an opportunity."

December 22, 2015

Researchers to Nations: Update Climate Pledges by April 2017

According to the recent international climate agreement, countries are required to set climate action milestones over the next years. But researchers at the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy are saying there's no need to wait—and urging countries to bulk up their existing pledges by April 2017.

"Let's ensure that the political momentum built up in Paris—involving 150 head of states and prime ministers—do not fade away," the researchers wrote in a manifesto published on Monday.

California Struggles to Set Water Priorities

With more water woes expected in the future because of climate change, California is looking to capitalize on a recent flow of money and attention towards overhauling the state's broken water system. But which part of the system needs fixing the most?

December 21, 2015

U.S. Needs New Laws to Meet Global Climate Goals

It's not enough for the Obama administration to rely on measures already in place to meet the ambitious goals of the recent climate agreement—new regulation is also needed, experts say. The U.S. has vowed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2025.

Republicans Are Running Out of Options to Undermine the Paris Climate Deal

Republican lawmakers acknowledge that they won't get a vote on the Paris climate agreement, but are still pursuing other channels to kill the agreement.

"The prohibition about doing it was very outspoken," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal Obama critic, told The Hill. "You heard me say that: 'No you can't do it.' But then they say, 'Well, we can do it within accounts.' So, that’s where it is."

Offshore Drilling Along Atlantic Coast Faces Growing Opposing

More than 90 coastal communities from Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia have recently taken a stand against offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Why should we put ourselves at risk?" Laura Wood Habr, vice president of Virginia Beach's restaurant association, said to the Washington Post. The Virginia Beach City Council recently voted 8 to 3 to rescind support for an offshore drilling resolution.

Fukushima's Future: Many Uncertainties, Challenges Remain

More than four years later, cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant remains a daunting task.

"This is something that has never been experienced. A textbook doesn't exist for something like this," Naohiro Masuda, who is leading the plant's decontamination and decommissioning efforts, told The Associated Press on Monday.

December 18, 2015

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