January 9, 2011

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.

January 6, 2011

BP Cost-Cutting Blamed for 'Avoidable' Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable disaster caused in part by a series of cost-cutting decisions made by BP and its partners, the White House oil commission said last night.

UK Lawmakers: No Need to Stop Deepwater Drilling

A deepwater oil spill in the North Sea would be more difficult to handle than the Gulf disaster, but a moratorium isn't necessary because Britain has tougher safety standards, lawmakers said.

Lawmakers Protect Natgas from New Drilling Regulations

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers pressed the Obama administration on the first day of the new Congress not to impose regulations curtailing the controversial drilling technique of fracking.

State Dept. Defends Climate Approach

The Obama administration remains committed to plowing ahead with talks to address global warming, although it realizes that a legal deal similar to Kyoto isn't possible, the State Department said.

Boxer: EPA Climate Delay Bill Could Pass, but Would Be Rejected by Obama

One of the Senate's most liberal lawmakers signaled Wednesday that there may be enough support there to pass legislation delaying the EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Rockefeller Takes Aim at EPA

Sen. John Rockefeller said Wednesday that he's raring to go in his controversial bid to handcuff the EPA's climate regulations for two years.

South Korea Pumps Up Support for Renewable Energy

South Korea, the world's No.5 crude importer and No.2 liquefied natural gas buyer, will boost financial support for the new and renewable energy industry this year by nearly a quarter.

First Solar Revives China Project

First Solar and China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development plan to build a solar field in China's Inner Mongolia region that they expect will be the world's largest solar-energy project.

Indonesia Divided Over Forest Moratorium

Indonesia's government is still trying to thrash out the details of a two-year moratorium on forest clearing under a $1 billion climate deal with Norway, leading it to miss a planned Jan. 1 start and continued uncertainty for plantation firms.

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