Today’s Climate: January 7, 2009

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Conservation Groups Threaten Lawsuit Over Federal Oil Shale Plans (Los Angeles Times)

Green groups are threatening to sue the federal government to block plans for commercial oil shale development on nearly 2 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

NY Adopts Clean Air Rules, Stricter than EPA’s (AP)

Under rules adopted by the NYS Environmental Board, new industrial plants — as well as some existing ones — will have to install state-of-the-art pollution controls. The rules take effect in March and are said to be stricter than those imposed by the EPA.

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps Lack Regulation (New York Times)

The coal ash pond that ruptured in Tennessee last month was only one of more than 1,300 similar dumps across the US — most of them unregulated and unmonitored — that contain billions of gallons of fly ash and other byproducts of burning coal.

Environmental Activists Turn Up Heat on Granholm (Detroit Free Press)

A coalition of environmental activists used a public hearing yesterday on a proposed coal plant in Michigan to renew their call for Gov. Jennifer Granholm to block construction of all such plants.

Australian Military Warns of Climate Conflict: Report (AFP)

The Australian Defense Force has warned that global warming could create failed states across the Pacific as sea levels rise and heighten the risk of conflict over resources, according to a new report.

First Availability of ChargePoint Network for Plug-Ins (Green Car Congress)

Coulomb Technologies and the city of San Jose, California, have announced the first availability of the ChargePoint Network public charging stations for owners of plug-in electric cars.

World Bank Raises $350m Through "Green Bonds" (BusinessGreen)

The World Bank has announced that it has raised approximately $350 million through the issuance of its first wave of "green bonds" to fund emission-reduction projects in developing economies.

NRC Proposes $65K Over Napping Nuke Plant Guards (AP)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $65,000 fine against the operator of a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant where security guards routinely napped on the job.