Today’s Climate: March 14-15, 2009

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Cape Wind Wins State OK for Power Grid Connections (Mass High Tech)

Cape Wind, the proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm, cleared another regulatory hurdle last week, with a state board voting unanimously to grant approval of a "super permit" that combines 9 state and local permits needed to build the turbines.

Japan Unveils $5 Bln Green Loans for Asia at G20 (Reuters)

Japan has announced a $5 billion loan fund to help developing nations, hard hit by the global credit crisis, put in place solar power systems and other green infrastructure.

L.A. Solar Measure Could Still Win (Contra Costa Times)

Election officials say about 46,000 uncounted ballots cast in precincts across LA could alter the outcome of a controversial solar-energy measure, known as Measure B.

New Mexico House Approves Delay in Tougher Auto Emissions (AP)

New Mexico will delay implementing California’s tough auto emission standards, set to go into effect in 2011, under a proposal approved by the state House of Representatives.

EPA Says Texas Leads Nation in Production of Coal Ash Waste (Dallas Morning News)

As the EPA moves toward controlling coal ash waste from power plants, a new study finds that Texas leads the nation in current and proposed production of the toxic debris.

Ships, Not Pipes, for CO2 Ocean Burial (Cleantech Group)

Danish shipping and oil company A.P. Moller-Maersk is investigating whether sea vessels can transport greenhouse gases for underwater storage more efficiently and more cheaply than pipes.

85% of the Amazon Rainforest May Be Lost Due to Global Warming (

Global warming could decimate up to 85% of the Amazon rainforest by 2150, according to new research to be published in the journal Nature Geoscience by the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre.

Bay Transportation Panel Supports Forcing Motorists to Report Mileage, Privacy Fears Aroused (Contra Costa Times)

A proposal to chart global warming emissions from California cars and trucks by requiring motorists to report odometer readings during annual vehicle registrations is meeting resistance from those worried about drivers’ privacy.

Sioux Tribe Set to Reap a Whirlwind of Green Profit (The Observer)

The Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Indians from South Dakota are poised to sign a $400 million deal with a big Boston energy firm to build a massive wind farm across their 1m-acre reservation.

As Oil and Gas Prices Plunge, Drilling Frenzy Ends (New York Times)

The number of oil and gas rigs deployed to tap new energy supplies across the country has plunged to less than 1,200 from 2,400 last summer, and energy executives say the drop is accelerating further.

Danish Port Aims To Be World’s First ‘Fossil-Fuel Free’ City (AFP)

Denmark’s northern port of Frederikshavn, a former naval base with a population of 25,000, has set a goal to be the first city in the world to run entirely on alternative energy by 2015.

Opinion: Carmakers Lobby Florida to Push Their Gas Guzzlers (Pensacola News Journal)

US automakers are spending big bucks on Tallahassee lobbyists who are doing their best to fight Gov. Charlie Crist’s move to require more efficient cars.

Australia Oil Spill ’10 Times Worse’ (BBC News)

An oil spill along the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia is 10 times worse than originally thought, state authorities have said. They have also warned that the toxic sludge is carcinogenic and threatening wildlife.

Maldives Leader Vows to Make Country Carbon Neutral (AFP)

The Maldives will become the world’s first carbon neutral country by fully switching to the use of renewable energy within a decade, President Mohamed Nasheed has pledged.