March 14, 2011

Angela Merkel Orders Safety Checks on Germany's Nuclear Power Stations

Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered immediate safety checks in all nuclear power stations, after tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest against her nuclear expansion plans.

China to Build 60 Nuclear Reactors over Next Decade

China plans to build six nuclear power plants a year over the next decade, increasing its nuclear capacity to more than 70 GW by 2020, according to a top official of a nuclear power company.

China: Senior Official Calls for Cap on Coal Consumption

An environmental official said China should consider capping coal consumption in Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, amid growing environmental pressures.

Seven EU Ministers Push for Deeper CO2 Cuts

The EU should deepen cuts to greenhouse gases beyond the current 20 percent target by the end of this decade, according to environment ministers from seven EU countries.

N.J. Withdraws from Lawsuit to Have Utilities Cut GHGs

New Jersey has withdrawn from a lawsuit brought by several states that sought to have five electric utilities cut the greenhouse gases emitted by their power plants in 20 states.

Coalition Forms to Fight W. Mass. Biofuel Plants

A coalition of environmental, fiscal responsibility, public health and social justice groups are joining together to fight proposed biofuel plants in western Massachusetts.

Hearing is Set in Climate Fraud Case

A nearly yearlong effort by Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of Virginia to force the University of Virginia to turn over the documents of a prominent climatologist is headed to the state's Supreme Court.

Bill to Regulate Marcellus Shale Drilling Dies

Members of West Virginia's House of Delegates and Senate blamed each other for the demise of legislation that would have addressed environmental regulations, permit fees, protections for property owners and other issues related to development of natural gas.

March 13, 2011

Japan Races to Avert Multiple Nuclear Meltdowns

Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast.

Crisis Underscores Fears About Safety of Nuclear Energy

The troubles at an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant in northern Japan will raise fresh questions about America's ambitious plans to develop nuclear energy.

Nuclear Safety Worries Spread to Europe

Japan's nuclear emergency is puting pressure on European governments, with protests in Germany and concern growing over new plant plans in Italy and the UK.

French Greens Call for End to Nuclear Energy

French green groups renewed a call on Saturday for France to end its dependence on nuclear power, saying Japan's nuclear emergency shows there are no safety guarantees in the industry.

Japan Responsible for Nuclear Cleanup

The liability costs associated with cleaning up after the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will be borne by the Japanese government instead of the private insurance market, according to experts.

U.S. Issues Second Post-Spill Drill Permit in Gulf

The government has given BHP Billiton the second new permit to drill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo oil spill, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said on Saturday.

Environmentalists Hope to Seize the Expensive Energy Moment

After decades of failed attempts to wean the U.S. off its dependence on oil, environmental groups are crossing their fingers that rising fuel prices will lead to significant policy changes.

U.S. Utility Future Unclear Without CO2 Rules

The absence of mandatory U.S. limits on CO2 emissions from power plants has left a regulatory vacuum for a utility sector struggling to plan much-needed future generation investment.

China Says Environment Still Suffering Growth Pains

China's fight against chronic pollution is faltering in the face of urbanization and rapid growth, though the last five years have seen some progress, the country's environment ministry said.

Greenpeace Attacks UK Government's Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions

Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport such as electric cars and speed limits.

Algae-Oil Maker Solazyme Files To Go Public

The California company seeks to raise up to $100 million on the stock market to speed up commercialization of its algae oil for fuels, food, and personal care products.

March 11, 2011

No Repeat of Chernobyl Disaster for Japan: Experts

Japan should not expect a repeat of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster after an explosion blew the roof off one of its nuclear power plants that had been shaken in a huge earthquake, experts said.

BP Expands in Brazilian Biofuels with $680 Million Buy

BP has agreed to buy a Brazilian sugar and ethanol group for $680 million, expanding its presence in the country's biofuels industry.

Norway Blocks Oil Drilling in Fish-Spawning Area

Norway on Friday rejected oil drilling in ecologically sensitive waters just above the Arctic circle, partly because of worries over a disaster like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Lawmakers Declare New Jersey a No-Fracking Zone

New Jersey lawmakers approved a bill to ban the practice of drilling for natural gas by fracking. For practical purposes, the bill will have little impact since no drilling is occurring in New Jersey.

Julia Gillard Puts Carbon Tax on U.S. Agenda

Julia Gillard has assured corporate America that companies with investments in Australia will be compensated to ensure they are not damaged by her plan to put a price on carbon.

Japan Nuclear Site Declares State of Emergency after Quake

Japan declared a state of emergency Friday at a nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed following a massive earthquake. There was no radiation leak.

Bill to Stop EPA on Climate Passes House Panel

A bill to stop the U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas rules passed a first step in the Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday.

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