February 4, 2011

Isolated Amazon Tribes Threatened by Logging, Groups Say

Brazilian officials have released new aerial photographs of a highly isolated tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest in a bid to draw attention to the threat posed to its existence by illegal logging in neighboring Peru.

Food Costs at Records as U.N. Warns of Volatile Era

Global food prices tracked by a U.N. agency hit their highest level on record in January, a problem set to worsen after a massive snowstorm in the U.S. and floods in Australia.

Thai Oil Company Gets OK to Operate in Aust. Water

A Thai-owned oil rig operator was given approval Friday to continue working in Australian waters despite its role in Australia's worst-ever oil spill.

U.S. Unlikely to Reach Goal of 1 Million Electrics on the Road by 2015, Report Says

A report says President Obama's goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road within four years is unlikely to be met because automakers are not planning to make enough cars due to uncertain consumer demand.

February 3, 2011

Obama Admin. Threatens Climate Veto

The Obama administration Wednesday repeated its threat to veto legislation that would curb its ability to regulate greenhouse gases.

Inhofe Sees Dem Backing for Plan to Kill EPA Climate Rules

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday that his bill to upend EPA climate change rules could gain traction in the closely divided Senate, claiming several Democrats are potential backers.

EPA: New Pollution Limits Won't Apply to Some

More than a dozen industrial facilities could escape new federal controls on greenhouse gases after a top EPA official told a court that a Calif. power plant would not have to comply with the rules.

Solar Power Reaches Southern W.Va. Coalfields

A group in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia's coalfields region this week — a set of solar panels, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors.


Renewables Can Meet World Energy Needs by 2050: WWF

All but five percent of the world's energy needs could be met from renewable sources by 2050, a report by conservation group WWF and energy consultancy Ecofys showed.

Pacific Northwest Warned of Climate Change Dangers

Washington state and the province of British Columbia launched a joint effort to warn residents of the Pacific Northwest about the danger that climate change poses to coastal communities.

Five EU Emissions Registries to Reopen Friday

The European Commission, which halted spot trade in its carbon market two weeks ago due to thefts, said it will reopen national emissions registries in five countries on Friday.

U.S. States Take Initiative on Cap-and-Trade

As Congress fights over whether or not to block the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions, 23 states are moving ahead to institute cap-and-trade schemes.

Australian State Hints it Will Ban Fracking Chemicals

Queensland's planning minister has given the strongest sign yet that the state government would ban the use of a group of chemicals in the controversial technique known as fracking.

Ky. Senate Panel OKs Bill on Nuclear Plants

A western Kentucky lawmaker whose district is home to a uranium enrichment plant resumed his perennial push Wednesday to lift the state's ban on the construction of nuclear power plants.

Obama to Announce Clean Energy Plan for Buildings

President Barack Obama travels to Pennsylvania to announce a new clean energy program on Thursday, seeking to show that his focus remains on the economy in a state that may be essential to re-election prospects in 2012.

Judge Holds Interior Dept. in Contempt

A federal judge in Louisiana held the Interior Department in contempt late Wednesday, citing the agency for "dismissive conduct" by blocking offshore oil drilling during last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Gulf of Mexico 'to Recover from BP Oil Spill by 2012'

The Gulf of Mexico should recover from the massive BP oil spill by the end of 2012, the administrator of the $20bn (£12bn) victims compensation fund said yesterday.

U.S. Judge: Oil Claims Official Not Independent of BP

The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill compensation fund has been influenced by the British oil giant and must stop telling victims he is independent, a U.S. federal judge said.


Community Wind Projects Still Require Financing Acrobatics

Community wind projects deliver larger economic returns and encounter less local resistance, but a new report released last week shows that developing community wind still requires a daunting effort.

EPA Reverses Bush-Era Water Safety Standards, Will Regulate Contaminants

The EPA continued its reversal of Bush administration drinking water policies Wednesday by announcing that it will regulate perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, and 16 other chemicals, called volatile organic compounds, that can cause cancer at high enough doses.

Chevy Volt to Get California Tax Credit in 2012

Californians will likely be able to get a $5,000 discount on their plug-in hybrid GM Chevy Volts.

Global Investment in Solar Technology to Double by 2015

Global investment in solar technology could double by 2015, according to a new study published by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Greenpeace International.

February 2, 2011

Upton, Inhofe to Float Plan Wed. that Blocks EPA Climate Rules

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) will unveil draft legislation Wednesday that would prohibit the EPA from regulating CO2.

Canada-U.S. Pipe Would Cut Mideast Oil Imports: Study

A proposed pipeline from Canada's oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico would help "essentially eliminate" U.S. oil imports from the Middle East in a decade or two, according to a DOE study.

First of Megaloads Begins Trip Across Idaho

After a long legal fight, a giant truckload of oil refinery equipment began its journey Tuesday onto scenic U.S. Highway 12 -- the first of what environmentalists fear could be hundreds of truckloads.

Drillers Defend Injecting Diesel into Ground

Drilling companies injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel into the ground during fracking operations from 2005 to 2009, but the industry says the practice was legal.

Chevron Accuses Ecuadorean Plaintiffs of Extortion

Chevron Corp filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against Ecuadorean plaintiffs in U.S. court on Tuesday, opening up another legal front in its 17-year-old battle over pollution claims.

Administration Working to Streamline Offshore Wind Leasing

The country's top offshore-energy regulator said Tuesday that the Obama administration is working to streamline the leasing process for offshore wind.

Move to Low Carbon Economy ‘Will Cost Europe €2.9 Trillion'

Banks will have to supply 2 percent of Europe's GDP, or €2.9 trillion, to meet consumer demand for projects and technologies that tackle climate change, according to a new report.

BP Fund Underpays Oil Spill Victims: Mississippi

U.S. courts must compel the administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund to meet his legal obligations and stop short-changing victims of the Gulf of Mexico disaster, Mississippi said on Tuesday.

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