February 24, 2011

Mayor Vows to Keep Gas Drilling Fight Despite Move

The tiny rural town of Dish at the heart of the natural gas drilling controversy in Texas is losing its most high-profile crusader: Mayor Calvin Tillman, who has sold his house over concerns about his children's escalating health problems.

February 23, 2011

Oil Soars as Libyan Furor Shakes Markets

Turmoil in the Arab world drove oil prices higher and stocks lower despite efforts by Saudi Arabia to calm turbulent markets.

Mideast Unrest Shows Need for Alternative Fuels: Navy Secretary

Oil price rises spurred by spreading unrest in the Middle East underscore why the U.S. military should reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, said U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Big Mass. Utility Signs Deals, Bypasses Cape Wind

The second-largest utility in Mass. has agreed to buy electricity from three wind power companies to help it meet renewable power mandates, but it won't be buying from Cape Wind.

Increase in Natural Gas Production Could Slow Interest in Minn. Wind Power

Minnesota is the nation's fourth largest producer of wind energy, but a potential game-changing development in natural gas production could erode interest in wind power.

Hearings on Polar Bear Status Back in Court This Week

A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a case that speaks to a central question regarding Arctic animals affected by climate warming: When is a species endangered?

Oxfam Battles Big Oil Push for Disclosure Exemptions

Oxfam America is urging the SEC to hold back the exemptions that major oil companies are seeking from forthcoming requirements to disclose data on payments to foreign governments.

Solyndra and Government Support for Cleantech Under Fire

As public and political eyes turn to the federal budget and cost-cutting, Silicon Valley startups backed by Department of Energy loan guarantees and grants are coming under scrutiny.

Energy Department Loses Senior Official, Chu's Chief of Staff

The Energy Department will feature an altered lineup as it confronts GOP efforts to slash funding for several green energy programs.

S.E. Asia Urged to Exploit Abundant Clean Energy

From surging rivers to volcanic steam, Southeast Asia is blessed with abundant sources of renewable energy but governments are not doing enough to exploit them, experts and activists say.


Feinberg: His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'

The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims argues in a court filing posted Tuesday that the openness of the process has been "nothing short of extraordinary" and his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded what is required by federal law.


U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero

U.P.S. is about to add 48 trucks powered by liquefied natural gas and would like to deploy more. The final frontier for alternative motor fuels, powering big tractor-trailers, has been crossed.

San Diego Group Becomes U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce launched this week in San Diego County, California, where the San Diego Green Chamber decided to become a national organization.

EPA E-Mail Stirs Call for Agency Documents on Range Resources Order

Responsibility for methane contamination of two Texas water wells, a controversy pitting the U.S. EPA against Fort Worth-based natural gas producer Range Resources, is drawing attention in Congress after disclosure of an e-mail written by an EPA Regional Administrator.

'Climategate' Undermined Belief in Global Warming Among TV Meteorologists, Study Shows

A new paper by George Mason University researchers shows that "Climategate" undermined belief in global warming and possibly also trust in climate scientists among TV meteorologists in the U.S., at least temporarily.

February 22, 2011

Tar Sands Row Threatens Canada-EU Trade Deal: Sources

Canada has threatened to scrap a trade deal with the European Union if the EU persists with plans that would block imports of Canada's highly polluting tar sands, according to EU sources.

U.S. Sees Major Emitters Setting Own Climate Goals

Major greenhouse gas emitters should set voluntary curbs on emissions for the time being since a U.N. climate treaty looks out of reach in 2011, the U.S. climate envoy said on Monday.

Ethanol Execs Fear U.S. Budget Cuts to Hurt Growth

Budget cuts by Congress and fresh fears about food security are among many obstacles threatening growth of U.S. ethanol, according to industry leaders.

Natural Gas Big, Thriving and Growing Across W.Va.

Fracking in the Marcellus shale is hogging the limelight in this legislative session in West Virginia, eclipsing a thriving and growing natural gas industry across the entire state.

50 Million 'Environmental Refugees' by 2020, Experts Say

Fifty million "environmental refugees" will flood into the global north by 2020, fleeing food shortages sparked by climate change, experts warned at a major science conference that ended Monday.

Recent Swiss Drought Sign of Things to Come, Weather Expert Says

Recent prolonged dry spells in the west and south of Switzerland — the worst seen in more than 30 years — raised questions about whether the phenomenon is another example of global warming.

Tougher EU Climate Goal Could Boost GDP: Study

A tougher EU goal for cutting greenhouse gases could create jobs and boost economic growth by 2020, rather than slow it down as many EU governments fear, a study said on Monday.

UN Sees Rising Risks from Climate, Toxic Chemicals

Climate change is becoming a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, says a new U.N.-commissioned report.

NASA's New Satellite, 'Glory,' Will Monitor Aerosols' Effects On Climate Change

NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes.

Indonesia: 967 Forestry Firms Under Govt Scrutiny

A joint government team is planning stricter law enforcement against hundreds of plantation and mining firms operating illegally in Central Kalimantan, home to an avoided deforestation pilot project.

Nuclear Risk from Plane Crashes is Higher than Estimated, Inquiry Shows

The risk that planes will crash into nuclear plants and release potentially lethal clouds of radioactivity is significantly higher than official estimates, according to expert evidence to a public inquiry.

Global Warming Means Longer Allergy Seasons: Study

Ragweed allergy season in North America has grown two to four weeks longer in recent years because of warmer temperatures and later fall frosts, researchers said.

Cooking the Carbon Books, CO2 Tech Charged with Fraud

CO2 Tech Ltd, a publicly traded company based in London that claimed to sell products for combating global warming, found itself on the wrong side of criminal fraud charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice last week.

Libyan Turmoil Roils Oil Markets Amid Supply Fears

The spread of protests to Libya, a significant oil producer, is putting upward pressure on oil prices.

February 21, 2011

U.S. Has Modest Goals for S. Africa Climate Talks

The top U.S. climate change official says he does not expect this year's climate change conference in South Africa to yield a binding international agreement to stop global warming.

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