April 22, 2011

Obama: Think About Ditching those Gas-Guzzling SUVs

Pres. Obama urged the public Thursday to think about trading in their SUVs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, arguing that gas-guzzlers keep the country dependent on foreign oil.

Shutdown of Wells Extended in Arkansas Quake Study

Two gas companies have agreed to extend the shutdowns of two injection wells in Arkansas as researchers study whether the operations are linked to more than 1,000 earthquakes.

NRC Extends Life of Largest U.S. Nuclear Station

The U.S. nuclear safety regulator said on Thursday it has extended the operating life of the nation's largest nuclear plant, the three-unit Palo Verde plant in Arizona for an additional 20 years.

Study Finds Solar Panels Increase Home Values

A new study from federal researchers finds that the installation of residential solar systems increases resale prices of homes.

Native Groups Next Frontier for Ontario Green Power

Canada's province of Ontario is putting up millions of dollars to tempt First Nations groups into the renewable power sector, and deep-pocketed investors are joining their development deals.

As Consumers Cut Spending, ‘Green’ Products Lose Allure

As recession gripped the country, the consumer's love affair with green products faded like a bad infatuation.

Ozone Hole Linked to Southern Rain Increases

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is a significant driver of climate change and rain increases in the southern hemisphere over the past 50 years, US scientists said Thursday.


Arctic Research Team Searches for Soot

Though the Arctic is often pictured as a vast white wasteland, scientists believe a thin layer of soot - mostly invisible - is causing it to absorb more heat.

Report: Smart-Grid Apps to Revolutionize Electricity Use

Smart-grid applications in six key areas will change the way people use, buy, manage, and think about electricity, according to GigaOm Pro and Pike Research.

Pike: Total Sales of Fuel Cell Vehicles Will Exceed 1 Million in 2020

According to a report from Pike Research, cumulative sales of fuel cell vehicles will surpass the million-unit milestone by 2020, with total sales hitting 1.2 million by the end of that year.

E10 Debacle Puts the Brakes on Biofuels

An attempt to introduce the biofuel mixture E10 in Germany has been a disaster, after motorists refused to buy the supposed green gasoline.

A City Built on Oil Discovers How Precious Its Water Can Be

Midland and several other Permian Basin cities are facing serious water problems as their above-ground reservoirs dry up.

Australia: Scientists Question Carbon Farming Plan

Scientists and agricultural experts say Labor's plan to pay farmers to store carbon in their soil won't do much to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

April 21, 2011

BP to Provide $1 Billion for Gulf Projects

Federal officials say BP has agreed to provide $1 billion for projects that will restore natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico damaged by last year's oil spill.

Coal Lease Sale Would Open Tons of Fuel to Mining

Federal officials on Wednesday announced an upcoming coal lease sale that would allow an existing Montana mine to tap into an estimated 133 million tons of the fuel.

Activists Arrested at Chicago Coal Plant after Calling for Shutdown

Six activists slipped through a gap in the fence at the Crawford Generating Station in Chicago and were arrested after unfurling a banner that read "Close Chicago's Toxic Coal Plants."

Pa. Agency OKs More Gas Drilling on Game Lands

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has expanded the scope of leasing state-owned hunting lands for harvesting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, this time netting more than $18 million.

U.S. Natgas Well Blowout Raises Safety Concerns

A blowout at a Pennsylvania natural gas well late Tuesday could heighten concerns about the safety of a controversial process to extract gas from shale rock.

Supreme Court Indicates it Will Dismiss 6-State Global Warming Lawsuit

The Supreme Court signaled this week that it would throw out a huge global warming lawsuit brought by California and five other states that seeks limits on carbon pollution from coal plants.

A Year after BP Spill, Obama Vows to Restore Gulf

Pres. Obama vowed to do "whatever is necessary" to restore the Gulf and to "hold BP and other responsible parties fully accountable for the damage they've done."


Poll: Americans Less Worried About Climate Change, Sub-Saharan Africans More

Europeans and Americans have become less concerned with climate change in recent years. But concern among people in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa has grown, Gallup polling shows.

Melting Ice on Arctic Islands Boosts Sea Levels: Study

Melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a far greater role in sea level rise that previously suspected, according to a study published Thursday.


BP Hits Halliburton in Latest Oil Spill Claim

BP has filed a lawsuit against Halliburton, the company that cemented the blown-out well which caused the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a day after claiming $40 billion from rig owner Transocean.

Senator Calls for New Step in Nuclear Relicensing

Regulators should set a more rigorous standard for allowing aging nuclear plants to keep operating, demanding they be as capable of withstanding natural disasters as new facilities, a senator said.

Issa Slams Obama for 'Political Bias' against U.S. Oil Drilling

Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is marking the one-year anniversary of the BP disaster by accusing the Obama administration of placing destructive limits on drilling in the BP oil spill's wake.

Italian Senate Votes for Halt to Nuclear Program

Italy's Senate has approved a proposal to halt plans to return to nuclear power, as a top minister said Rome would seek guidance from the EU on the way forward.


China Rebuilds Its Power Grid as Part of Its Clean Technologies Push

After two years of testing its smart grid plan, the state Grid Corp. of China is throttling up to full-speed implementation. The hope is to rescue renewable energy, especially wind, from a technical bottleneck.

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