December 14, 2010

Mass. Business Group Challenges Wind Power Deal

 A Massachusetts business group is asking the state's highest court to set aside the state's approval of the power-purchase deal between the Cape Wind project and utility National Grid.

New York Governor Halts 'Fracking,' But Environmentalists See a 'Loophole'

New York Gov. Paterson signed an executive order temporarily halting horizontal gas drilling. But advocates say it's possible that drillers could increase their reliance on vertical drilling.

U.S. Southwest Could See 60-Year Drought: Study

A worst-case scenario devised by US researchers shows that the American southwest could experience a 60-year stretch of heat and drought unseen since the 12th century.

Extreme Weather Grips U.S.

A NOAA satellite image shows cold weather disturbances ove the East. Heat records fall in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona, as  temps rise 10 to 15 degrees above normal.

Japan: Will Keep Seeking Wider Climate Pact than Kyoto

Japan will push for a broad climate treaty, that would include major greenhouse gas emitters China and the U.S., as an accord reached in Mexico left the door open to the possibility.

In Cancun Climate Talks, India Enjoys Place in Sun

India has emerged as a new global power on climate change, with major nations voicing praise -- and surprise -- at New Delhi's agile diplomacy that helped produce a deal in Cancun, Mexico.

 

Security Council Must Tackle Climate Change: Germany

Germany, which will join the UN Security Council in January, believes the body should start dealing with climate change as a potential global threat, its UN ambassador said on Monday.

'Fast-Tracked' Wind Projects Held Up Over Eagle Protection

The future of several large wind farms proposed for federal lands is in doubt.

Small Climate Deals Forged Outside International Talks

As delegates to the latest U.N. climate talks struggled to come up with a modest pair of global warming accords, governments, businesses and individuals working behind the scenes forged ahead with their own projects to cut emissions.

California Outpaces UN on REDD Carbon Market

California is forging ahead on a cap and trade scheme that looks set to kick-start international carbon market action.

Government Issues Guidance on Offshore Drilling Rules

The Interior Department on Monday issued guidance about its new regulatory regime for offshore drillers, responding to complaints that confusion over the agency's new policies has delayed deepwater permitting.

 

Canadian Oil Sands Firms Team Up on Tailings Study

Canada's oil sands developers, stung by controversy over the environmental impact of their toxic waste ponds, said on Monday they agreed to collaborate on research into speeding up reclamation of the northern Alberta land they cover.

UK Names Nine Electric Cars Eligible for Subsidy

The British government on Tuesday revealed the first nine electric vehicles that will be eligible for their purchasers to receive subsidies of up to $7,935 under a plan to promote low-carbon transport.

December 13, 2010

EU Should Target 30% Emissions Reduction by 2020, Hendry Says

The EU should tighten climate targets to reduce emissions by 30% from 1990 levels by 2020, from its current 20% reduction goal, U.K. Minister of State for Energy Charles Hendry said.

Blankenship to Take the 5th

Retiring Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship no longer plans to appear next week to be questioned by state and federal investigators who are looking into the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster.

Missoula Journal: A Raw Divide over Oil Equipment

A project to ship equipment along a path in Montana that includes fly fishing rivers and scenic highways is being fought by literary opponents, among others.

Dismal Clean Vehicle Sales in China

Many Chinese automakers are facing the tough decision to either ditch their green car plans or continue on with sales that are far below expectations

In Ohio, Water Contamination Worries over Gas Drilling.

As oil and gas drillers prepare to tap into eastern Ohio's lucrative shale formations, the industry has come under fire from landowners and environmentalists who claim drilling techniques are contaminating water supplies.

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Washington State

Record rainfall in the Pacific Northwest triggered mudslides and caused flooding that swamped homes, sending some residents fleeing and others rushing to get sandbags in place.

Japan to Recycle Electronics for Rare Metals

The Nikkei reports that Japan's government plans to create a recycling program for devices such as mobile phones and game consoles in an effort to secure supplies of 13 rare metals

 

Enviro Chief Challenges India on Green Development

India's environment minister has blocked the construction of mines, power plants and dams. He's held up a new airport and describes diesel cars as criminal. He's even taken Harry Potter to task.

 

Britain Prepares for Energy Overhaul

The U.K. is to publish proposals in the next few days for a major overhaul of its electricity market, designed to encourage big investments in low-carbon energy

EU's 30% Emissions Target Back on the Table

An increased emissions reduction target across Europe is back on the table after the UN climate conference in Cancún.

BP Oil-Spill Claims Get Fast Track

People who say they've been harmed by BP PLC's massive Gulf Coast oil spill will have more options for faster payment of claims under a plan being announced today

New Climate Battle Looms in South Africa in 2011

The world's governments face a new battle in South Africa in 2011 between rich and poor about slowing climate change, buoyed by some progress in Mexico but with faded hopes for a new treaty in coming years.

 

China, Norway Strike Oil Deal Despite Peace Prize Tensions

Beijing's fury over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo may not stop major commercial deals.

Cancún: Dawn Breaks on Low-Carbon World

Cancun's climate conference was largely a diplomatic triumph. Yet behind the scenes, at side events across Cancún, the architecture of a remarkable new low-carbon world was on display

December 12, 2010

New York Governor Vetoes Fracking Bill

Gov. David A. Paterson of New York on Saturday vetoed legislation intended to curtail gas development using hydraulic fracturing until a closer review of its effects can be undertaken.

BASIC Nations Very Happy with UN Climate Draft: Ramesh

India said that the BASIC countries were "very happy" with the two draft texts prepared by negotiators on the Kyoto Protocol and a long-term action to combat climate change.

New Coal Mining Permits Surge in Central Alabama

Alabama has released a surge of draft permits for new and expanded strip mines, creating movement on a backlog caused by the EPA's demands for stricter scrutiny of pollution.

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