January 9, 2011

EPA, Range Resources in Fight over Well Contamination Claim

The EPA and Range Resources are locked in a fight over claims that two Parker County water wells were contaminated by methane from natural gas wells operated by the Fort Worth-based company.

Kochs Sue over Climate Prank

Koch Industries claims that its "business and reputation were harmed" by a December prank, when a fake press release and website appeared stating that the company had changed its ways on warming.

Aided by Oil, Carbon Capture Projects Advance in Texas

In Texas, the demand for CO2 is soaring — because carbon dioxide can help squeeze oil out of formations deep in the earth — and new carbon dioxide-producing facilities are in the works.

Climate Shifts are Changing New Weather "Normals"

As the new decade opens up, researchers are gathering data that will redefine weather pattern averages for the nation. The "new normals" will update the averages for temperatures, rainfall and snow.

Oil Still Fouling La. Marshes, Tour Finds

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster remains in marshes off the coast of Louisiana, where officials renewed complaints Friday about the cleanup effort by BP and the federal government.

Feds Push Back in Flap over Blowout Preventer Test

Federal investigators are pushing back against criticism they aren't doing enough to keep firms involved in the oil spill away from an role in the forensic analysis of a key piece of equipment.


Interest in Ohio Natural Gas Drilling on Farmland Grows

Farmers in Ohio are increasingly being approached by energy service providers interested in leasing part of their land to drill for oil or natural gas.

U.S. Farmers Have Adapted Before to Sharp Shifts in Temperature

Thanks to global warming, North American wheat production is set to move back in time.  It will be a stark shift -- but one that has happened before, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

U-Va. Receives New FOIA for Global Warming Documents

The University of Virginia has received a request under Virginia's freedom of information laws seeking documents related to the work of former university climate scientist Michael Mann. The group seeks similar documents to those sought by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli II.

Vestas Wins Order for 25 Turbines from China

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas won an order for 25 turbines for a wind park in China, the group said on Friday, highlighting its success in winning business in the world's second biggest economy.

Ford Follows GM, Nissan With Electric Car

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that an electric version of its Ford Focus sedan will go on sale in North America by the end of this year.

Has Overfishing Ended? Top U.S. Scientist Says Yes

For the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won't take too much of any species from the sea, one of the nation's top fishery scientists says.

January 7, 2011

Republicans Attempt to Stifle Action on Climate Change

In their first full day in the new Congress, Republicans outlined three different bills – encapsulating three different strategies – aimed at limiting the powers of the EPA. 

Republicans Kill Global Warming Committee

The kick-off of the 112th Congress on Wednesday marked the end of an era in the House – the demise of a committee devoted solely to climate change and energy issues.

Boxer Promises GOP a Fight on Climate Change

Sen. Barbara Boxer, head of the Environment and Public Works Committee, vowed to "use every tool" to beat back any effort to undermine the EPA's power to regulate carbon as an air pollutant.

Feds Sue Pa. Coal Plant Operators over Pollution

The feds sued several companies over a coal plant, calling it "one of the largest air pollution sources" and asking the court to keep it from operating unless it meets Clean Air Act standards.

Bacteria Gobbled Methane from BP Spill: Scientists

Bacteria ate nearly all the potentially climate-warming methane that spewed from BP's broken wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico last year, scientists reported on Thursday.

BP Shares Higher Following U.S. Spill Report

Shares in BP PLC opened higher Thursday after a U.S. presidential commission criticized the oil company's contractors and regulators as well as BP for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Rare Earths Leave Toxic Trail to Toyota Prius, Vestas Turbine

China's rare earth industry each year produces more than 5 times the amount of waste gas, including deadly fluorine and sulfur dioxide, than the total flared annually by all U.S. miners and refiners.

Asia's Climate Steps Could Delay Global CO2 Market

Asia's powerhouse economies are turning cautious on national plans to price emissions and instead pursuing incremental steps that could delay a global carbon offset market.

India Poised for Big Solar Power Growth: Report

As No. 1 global solar market Germany ratchets down subsidies for solar, investors looking for the next hot market for the renewable source should be eyeing India, a report by Lux Research said.

Dalai Lama WikiLeak: Climate Change More Important Than Independence Now

The Dalai Lama wants to shift the global dialogue surrounding Tibet and its independence to one that focuses on climate change in the Himalayas instead, a WikiLeaked document said.

Uranium Mill in Colorado Gets License

Colorado regulators on Wednesday approved a license for the first new rock-crushing uranium mill to be built in the United States in more than 25 years to make fuel for nuclear power plants.

Lakes a Big Source of Climate-Warming Gas: Study

Lakes and rivers emit far more of a powerful greenhouse gas than previously thought, counteracting the overall role of nature in soaking up climate-warming gases, a study showed on Thursday.

Al Gore to Connect Climate Change to Beetle Kill in Aspen

Al Gore will be in Aspen in February to attend what's believed to be one of the first major public symposiums linking global climate change to the deteriorating health of forestland in the American West due to ongoing insect infestations and the growing threat of wildfire.

Clean Energy Stocks Underperform in 2010

The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (ticker NEX), which tracks the performance of 100 clean energy stocks worldwide, fell 14.6% in 2010. This was in stark contrast to a 12.8% gain for the US S&P 500 index and a 16.9% rise for the Nasdaq Composite.

Canada Invests $279 Million in "Greener" Paper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a $279 million investment Thursday to help Canada's pulp and paper industry become more environmentally friendly.

Empire State Building Turns to 100% Green Power

The Empire State Building, the New York City icon undergoing the largest green retrofit in the U.S., is purchasing wind power credits for 100 percent of its energy use in a deal that parties say provides more proof that sustainability can be achieved without paying premium.

Five Myths About Green Building

Despite common perception, green buildings tend to be small, simple and surprisingly affordable.

California Ports First to Scrub Ship's Emissions With Seawater

A new technology that uses seawater to remove pollutants from the exhaust of ships' auxiliary engines and boilers will be tested for the first time on a container vessel visiting Southern California in a three-year project starting this coming spring.

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