April 20, 2011

States, Utilities Ask EPA to Boost Regional Cap-And-Trade Plans

Three states, as well as a dozen power companies and advocacy groups, have joined forces to persuade U.S. EPA to let states meet new federal climate change rules by crafting their own programs.

Environmentalists Still Face Uphill Battle on Gulf Coast

In the conservative Gulf Coast region, heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry, environmental activists have had difficulty gaining momentum.

Wildlife Shows Resilience One Year after Gulf Oil Spill

Fears that Gulf of Mexico wildlife could be devastated by the BP oil spill have, so far, proved unfounded. But life is definitely harder for the many species that call the Gulf home.

Pa. Wants to End Gas Drilling Wastewater Discharge

Pennsylvania on Tuesday asked the state's natural gas industry to halt disposing of millions of gallons of contaminated drilling wastewater through treatment plants that discharge into rivers and streams.


SunPower Power Plant Approval Survives Appeals

A major SunPower solar plant will move forward as planned in California after San Luis Obispo County officials on Tuesday rejected appeals that sought to overturn the project's approval.

Google, Japanese Invest $500 Million in Wind Farm

Google and the subsidiaries of two Japanese companies are investing $500 million in a wind farm being built in the northwestern state of Oregon.

Solar Trust of America Nabs $2.1 Bln Loan for Solar Thermal Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to Solar Trust of America for a solar thermal power plant near Blythe, Calif. that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power.

Government Using Score Cards to Track Federal Agencies' Greening Efforts

Using a scoring system modeled on a traffic light, the Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a new way to track how the government's largest agencies and departments are scaling back their use of electricity, water and fuel.

Investors Urge Swift Security Fix for "Limping" Emissions Trading Platform

Investors have urged the EU to remedy a prolonged "bad limp" in the spot trade element of the bloc's emissions trading system, three months after a high-profile cyber attack resulted in millions of credits being stolen.

Plans for Tough European Rules on Oil Spills Come Under Attack

European plans to crack down hard on oil companies with a series of measures to prevent a spill in EU waters like that of BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster, are under attack from the UK and other national governments, the Guardian has learned.

Solar Companies Take Legal Action over UK Feed-In Tariff Cuts

Solar power companies in the UK are taking the government to court over last-minute changes to subsidies that they say are destroying their business.

Demand for Gold Pushing Deforestation in Peruvian Amazon

Deforestation is on the rise in Peru's Madre de Dios region from illegal, small-scale, and dangerous gold mining. In some areas forest loss has increased up to six times.

World's First Carbon Offsetting Lottery Launches in the UK

A new Carbon Lottery offering businesses and individuals a chance of scooping a weekly €4m (£3.5m) jackpot while offsetting emissions is to be launched at the end of the month.

April 19, 2011

Do W.Va. political leaders believe in science?

The Gazette's political staff asked the Democratic gubernatorial candidates  a pretty straight-forward question about global warming: Do you accept the science?

Riverside County Solar Project Gets $2.1-Billion Federal Guarantee

The US Department of Energy is offering a conditional commitment for a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to support a solar power project in Riverside County, California expected to create over 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 80 operations jobs.

Honda to Produce Electric Vehicles in China

Honda Motor Co said it will produce electric vehicles at two Chinese units, and will launch sales in that country as early as next year, the Nikkei said, citing company sources.

Mob Sets Fires in Protest of India Nuclear Plant

A mob opposing a government plan to build a nuclear plant in the western Indian state of Maharashtra ransacked a hospital and set buses on fire Tuesday during a protest strike.

40 Mediterranean Fish Species Could Vanish

A new study suggests that more than 40 fish species in the Mediterranean could vanish in the next few years.

Climate Activists Descend on President's Doorstep

Thousands of young climate activists descended on Washington, D.C., over the weekend for the third biennial Power Shift conference. Then on Monday they took their message to the streets and the president's doorstep.




Greenpeace Releases New Report on Koch Brothers

Greenpeace is out with an update of the stealth campaign of billionaires Charles and David Koch to attack climate science and policies.

Teens Get Failing Grade on Understanding Climate Change

Only one-fourth of American teenagers receive a passing grade on their climate change awareness and understanding, says a new study from Yale University.

Google Puts $100M into Wind Farm

Google announced that it has plunked $100 million into the Sheperds Flat wind farm in Oregon that will produce 845 megawatts of power when it goes live in 2012

Oil Companies Go Solar to Tap Supplies

Soaring oil prices are turning some energy companies into accidental environmentalists: They are building clean, solar-powered systems to pull crude out of their aging wells

April 18, 2011

New Climate Change Case Headed to Supreme Court

The Obama administration and environmentalists are on opposite sides of a Supreme Court case over the ability of states and groups that want to sue utilities and force cuts in emissions.


Australia Carbon Scheme Faces Growing Opposition

Opposition to Australia's carbon tax is swelling with 60% of voters against the plan and food retailers, miners, energy and agriculture firms writing to the prime minister opposing the tax.

For Young Environmental Activists, Obama's Now the One to Pressure

Young environmental activists are planning to use organizing techniques borrowed from President Obama's White House campaign to pressure him to rethink his energy policy.

Scientists: Gulf Health Nearly at Pre-Spill Level

Scientists judge the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico as nearly back to normal one year after the BP oil spill, but with glaring blemishes that restrain their optimism about nature's resiliency.

Even Liberal Maryland Comes Up Short on Clean Energy

Even a state as liberal and environmentally conscious as Maryland is unwilling to add $2 a month to the family electric bill to pay for offshore windmills to create a new source of clean energy.

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