December 16, 2010

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.

Green Finance Group Seeks Greater SEC Disclosure of Offshore Drilling Risks

Advocates are urging the presidential commission probing the BP spill to recommend that the SEC mandate greater disclosure from oil companies about the risks of offshore drilling.

U.S. Says Financing Core Part of Cancun Climate Deal

Despite tough economic times, rich countries must make good on short-term pledges of billions of dollars in financing to help developing countries tackle global warming, the U.S. climate envoy said.

Senate Bill Includes Nuclear Loan Guarantee Money

The Senate would provide $8 billion in new loan guarantees for nuclear power plant construction under a large omnibus year-end spending bill.

USCAP, Opponents Craft Rival Energy Strategies for New Congress

U.S. Climate Action Partnership is formulating strategies for the next two years as it faces a Congress that is likely to oppose any mandates.

Will a GOP-led House Un-Green the Capitol?

Congress has gone to great lengths in recent years to reduce its carbon footprint. Will Pelosi's "Green the Capitol" see its own "footprint" reduced by the new majority?

Despite Cancun Deal, U.S. Shifts Away on Climate

A new international accord on global warming has heartened environmentalists, but casting a shadow is the political shift in the United States where legislative climate efforts died in 2010.


Abound Solar Nails DOE Loan for Thin-Film Factory

Thin-film solar manufacturer finalizes $400 million in loan guarantee and raises $110 million in equity to ramp up solar manufacturing in U.S.

Japan, Tunisia to Build Solar Power Plant

Japan will join hands with Tunisia to develop a solar power project and 38 other new programs in the North African country, Japanese government officials said.

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