December 17, 2010

Paris Autolib Electric Car Hire Scheme Accelerates

Parisians who flocked to use the popular Velib bike hire scheme will also be able to zip down the Champs-Elysees in environmentally friendly electric cars when a self-service car hire scheme gets underway next autumn.

SEC Charges Alternate Energy with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged an Idaho company on Thursday with fraudulently raising money from investors across the country and Asia to build a $10 billion nuclear power plant.

Green Groups Jump the Gun on Europe's Million Signature Law

EU citizens will now be able to ask the European Commission to introduce new legislation, provided they can muster one million signatures. The European Parliament approved the European Citizens' Initiative, ECI, on Wednesday by 628 votes to 15, with 24 abstentions.

December 16, 2010

Calif. Set to Adopt Sweeping Cap-and-Trade Rules

California air quality regulators are poised to adopt the nation's most sweeping regulations to give power plants, refineries and other major polluters an incentive to cut their emissions.

United States Sues BP Over Gulf Oil Disaster

The Obama administration has sued BP and several of its partners in the oil well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, potentially exposing them to billions in legal costs.

Kennecott to Curb Coal Burning in Salt Lake Valley

Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. said Wednesday it will improve air quality in by switching Salt Lake valley's only coal-fired power plant to burn mostly natural gas.

Texas Driller to Pay $4.1M Over Tainted Pa. Water

Penn. has dropped its plan to force a drilling company to pay nearly $12 million to extend a public water line to residents whose wells have been contaminated with methane gas.

Senate Bill Would Stop Biomass Crop Subsidy

A mammoth government funding bill awaiting a Senate vote would cut off funding for a program that pays farmers to experiment with biomass crops.

Judge Grants Injunction Halting Tessera Solar Plant

A federal judge granted the Quechan Indian Tribe's request to halt work on a giant solar plant under development by NTR's Tessera Solar near California's border with Mexico.

Desertification is 'Greatest Threat to Planet'

Desertification and land degradation is "the greatest environmental challenge of our time" and "a threat to global well being," according to the UN's top drylands official.

Australia: Rising Sea Levels Will Swamp Parts of Sydney

A number of Sydney suburbs will be inundated because of climate-driven sea-level rises, threatening infrastructure worth billion of dollars by the end of the century, new projections show.

Report: Home Solar Costs Hit Historic Low in U.S.

The average cost of home solar systems in the U.S. fell to a historic low in 2009, reversing a trend of rising prices seen in previous years, according to a new report.

Germany’s Opposition Backs Further FiT Cuts

Germany's opposition parties, the Greens and the Social Democrats (SPD), have backed calls to make further cuts to the country's feed-in tariff rate.

Obama Admin Wants Study But Backs Northeast Shale Drilling

The Obama administration supports a study gas drilling in the watershed that provides water for Philadelphia and NYC, but it doesn't want to wait until it's finished for drilling to begin.

State Lawmakers Look at Underground Slurry Ban, Drilling Regulations

State lawmakers are considering sweeping new regulations for Marcellus Shale drilling, and a permanent ban on pumping coal slurry underground.

$3.5 Billion 'Clean Coal' Plant in West Texas Wins Key Permits

A $3.5 billion "clean coal" power plant in West Texas achieved a milestone Tuesday when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved air quality permits for the project.

One Republican, Unhappy with His Party's Position on Carbon, Prepares a New Agenda

Sen. Lindsey Graham is designing an agenda for next year featuring a clean energy standard for utilities, which rewards increased nuclear and renewable power alike.

Curbing Carbon Emissions Can Save Polar Bears, New Study Says

Significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades could give polar bears a chance of surviving over the long term by preserving the Arctic sea ice on which they depend, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

Arctic Icecap Safe from Runaway Melting: Study

There is no "tipping point" beyond which climate change will inevitably push the Arctic ice cap into terminal melt off, according to a study released Wednesday.

 

Interior to Measure CO2 Storage in U.S. Lands

The Department of the Interior has announced a new methodology to assess the potential to store carbon in U.S. wetlands, forests and rangelands ecosystems — and thus to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

To Conquer Wind Power, China Writes the Rules

Chinese companies have acquired the latest Western technology by various means and then haven taken advantage of government policies to become the world's dominant, low-cost suppliers.

Timber Companies Stand to Benefit from New Climate Law

California timber firms could emerge as big winners in the state's fight against global warming, earning millions of dollars through the sale of carbon credits if a new set of rules are approved by the Air Resources Board this week.

Bulgaria CO2 Trade Could Be Restored by May, June

Bulgaria's carbon trading rights could be fully restored by next May or early June, an environment ministry spokeswoman told Reuters.

EU Gets Draft Deal to Curb Gas-Guzzling Vans

The European Union struck a provisional deal on Wednesday to improve the fuel efficiency of vans and curb emissions blamed for climate change.

First Solar to Reach Nearly $4 Billion in Sales in 2011

In an attempt to nearly double capital expenditure by as much as $1.1 billion over the next two years, First Solar hopes to achieve sales of between $3.7 billion and $3.9 billion in 2011.

December 15, 2010

Fox News Editor Reportedly Directed Staff to Cast Doubt on Climate Science

An editor said reports on global warming should note climate science is based on "theories critics have called into question."

Senate Votes to Extend Ethanol Subsidy for 2011

The Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of a 1-year extension of the ethanol tax credit and the tariff on ethanol imports at existing rates, despite complaints the subsidies are wasteful.

U.N. Panel continues HFC-23 Carbon Offset Issuance

A UN panel issued nearly 2 million carbon offsets to a hydrofluorocarbon-23 destruction project in China on Wednesday, it said on its website.

Legally Binding Climate Deal Not Likely Anytime Soon, Stern of U.S. Says

A legally binding accord to combat climate change isn't likely soon, though nations can take steps to curb global greenhouse-gas emissions, U.S. negotiator Todd Stern said.

U.S. Called Vulnerable to Rare Earth Shortages

A report says that it could take 15 years to break American dependence on Chinese supplies of critical manufacturing minerals.

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