April 25, 2011

Texas Firefighters Race against Clock to Beat Fires

Hundreds of weary firefighters were racing against the clock on Sunday, pushing back massive brush fires that have destroyed near-record swatches of Texas countryside.

Swiss Economy Minister against New Swiss Nuclear Plants

Switzerland's economy minister said on Sunday it would be decades before the country could give up nuclear power completely but that in the meantime no new plants should be built.

Pa. Official: End Nears for Wastewater Releases

Pennsylvania's environmental regulator says he is confident that the gas industry is weeks away from ending its practice of the discharging polluted brine into rivers used for drinking water.


China Study: Progress Made on Environment, But Real Change May Take 20 Years

A study says the government's efforts to control pollution have paid off by cutting emissions of major pollutants. But it may still take China two decades to fully rein in rampant pollution.

Possibility of Shale Oil Prompts Buying Frenzy in Nebraska Panhandle

The success in extracting oil from other shale formations in the United States, along with oil prices that have spiked above $110 a barrel, has sparked interest in the Niobrara Shale.

EPA to Take Control of North Dakota Air Quality Program

For the first time, the EPA will take control of an air quality program in North Dakota because it disagrees with the state's plan for cleaning up nitrous oxide emissions at two coal plants.

State Regulators List 33 Ways EPA Rules Aren't Working

A group of top state officials is raising concerns about U.S. EPA rules, particularly in regard to the hoops that states must jump through to implement them.

Scientists Worry about Funds to Study Gulf Oil Spill

Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on animal species.

Ozone Hole 'Changes Southern Hemisphere Weather'

The Antarctic ozone hole is changing weather patterns across the Southern Hemisphere, even affecting the tropics, scientists have concluded.

New Zealand: Moves to Stop Indonesian Illegal Timber Imports Supported

A group of timber importers have pledged to stop buying any wood from Indonesia unless it is legally sourced.

Australia: Solar Panel Industry Pleads for Help

Companies that install rooftop solar panels have warned the federal government the industry is on the verge of collapse because of a slump in the value of renewable energy certificates.

April 24, 2011

Chesapeake Seeks Permanent Plug for Natgas Well

Chesapeake Energy is looking for options to plug permanently a Pennsylvania natural gas well following a blowout this week that sent drilling fluid into local waterways.

Families Blast Gas Exploration

Just a few days after a Chesapeake natural gas drilling site fluid spilled into Towanda Creek, about four dozen protesters, demonstrated across the street from Chesapeake's local headquarters Friday.

U.S. Negotiator Warns Kyoto Fight Could Derail Climate Talks

In an interview, U.S. Climate Envoy Todd Stern  said the U.S. goal is to keep nations focused on bringing to life climate agreements made in Cancun, Mexico, last year.

Obama Says Developing Renewable Energy is 1 Answer to Rising Gasoline Prices

President Barack Obama says one answer to high gasoline prices is to spend money developing renewable energy sources.

Gulf Anniversary Renews Debate on Arctic Drilling

A year after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, some experts are pondering the next doomsday scenario — a massive oil well blowout in the icy waters off Alaska's northern coast.

U.S. Coast Guard Slams Transocean

The U.S. Coast Guard slammed drilling rig operator Transocean's "poor safety culture" in a report Friday on the explosion and fire that unleashed the biggest maritime oil spill in history.


Protests Mount against Indian Nuclear Plant

Opposition to the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project runs deep in the Indian fishing village of Sakhri in western India, whose people have earned a living from fishing and farming for generations.


Tens of Millions Live in Nuclear 'Danger Zone'

Some 90 million people worldwide live within 30 kilometres of a nuclear reactor, equivalent to the exclusion zone around Japan's crippled Fukushima plant, a study released Friday shows.

Japan Reactor Team Let Pressure Soar

The operator of Japan's stricken nuclear plant let pressure in one reactor climb far beyond the level the facility was designed to withstand, a decision that may have worsened the crisis.

Massive Wildfires Continue Raging throughout Texas

Firefighters continued to make gradual progress containing massive, wind-whipped wildfires that raged across Texas on Saturday, while expressing worry that a change in the weather early next week could spark a new outbreak.

Britain: Hottest April Ever is Forecast

Britain remains on course for the hottest April since records began, as the warm weather continues over the Easter weekend.

Melting Arctic Ice Could Nearly Fill Lake Erie: Study

Over the six years that Canadian researcher Alex Gardner monitored Canada's Arctic glaciers and ice caps, he says they lost almost as much water as there is in Lake Erie.

Protesters Converge of Legislature to Call for Fracking Ban in N.S.

More than 100 protesters marked Earth Day on Friday by calling on the Nova Scotia government to ban hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from underground.

Shanghai Plans to Harness Geothermal Energy

Shanghai is expected to use shallow geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings in the near future, the Shanghai Institute of Geological Engineering Exploration said.

Former REDD Negotiator for Indonesia Sentenced to 3 Years for Corruption

Wandojo Siswanto, one of the negotiators for Indonesia's delegation at climate talks and a key architect of its REDD partnership with Norway, has been sentenced to three years in prison for accepting bribes.

Germany Explores Using Train Lines as a Power Grid

Many in Berlin are wondering if the grid powering the country's train system could be used to transport wind power from the north to the south. Some say it could save up to 75 percent of expected costs.

April 22, 2011

U.S. Races on Renewables Loan Guarantees, Deadline Looms

The U.S. official in charge of funding for alternative-energy projects expects to guarantee a total of up to $25 billion in loans before a key program ends in September.

As Gas Prices Soar, Task Force to Explore Energy Fraud

With U.S. gasoline prices soaring, the Obama administration Thursday unveiled a working group of federal agencies to probe potential fraud in the energy markets.

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