May 31, 2011

Super-Dam Runs Short of Water to Relieve Drought

The Three Gorges Dam will have no water to release to the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River by June 10 to ease the worst drought in 50 years, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Analysis: German Nuclear Exit Plan Won't Draw Many Imitators

A German plan to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022 is unlikely to inspire many imitators even after the Japan crisis has dashed hopes of a nuclear renaissance, experts say.

Indonesia Forest Decree to Help CO2 Projects, Enforcement Key

A landmark forest protection ruling by Indonesia might be good for investors trying to save carbon-rich forests, but only if a ban is enforced.

Food Prices to Double by 2030, Oxfam Warns

The average price of staple foods will more than double in the next 20 years, leading to an unprecedented reversal in human development, Oxfam has warned.

Ice Melt to Close Off Arctic's Interior Riches: Study

Global warming will open up coastal areas in the Arctic to development but close vast regions of the northern interior to forestry and mining by 2050 as frozen soil under temporary winter roads melt.

 

In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency

Tokyo has showered generous subsidies, payouts and jobs on local communities that host or expand nuclear power plants.

Brazil Federal Leaders Discuss Amazon Conflict

Brazil's government will protect rural activists and increase policing in its Amazon rain forest in an effort to stem deadly disputes over illegal logging, officials said.

 

2 Wildfires Fueled by High Winds in Texas Panhandle

Two wildfires have destroyed at least 12 homes on the outskirts of the Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo. About 2.8 million acres have burned in the state since November.

May 30, 2011

Facing Legal Pressure, Pentagon Shrinks Backlog of Challenged Renewable Energy Projects

Tucked into Section 358 in the National Defense Authorization Act is a provision that demands the Pentagon vote up or down on more than 200 clean energy projects that have run aground.

China Drought Affects More Than 34 Million People

A debilitating drought along China's Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said.

Greenpeace Activists Climb Greenland Oil Rig

Three Greenpeace activists on Sunday climbed up an oil rig off Greenland's coast in an attempt to stop a Scottish oil company from starting deepwater drilling in the arctic waters, the green group said.

Australia: Climate Ad Divides Community, Politicians

A television advertisement urging Australians to support a tax on carbon has earned kudos and criticism as the debate over what to do about climate change deepens.

SC Nuclear Plant Becoming 1st in U.S. to Go Digital

Technicians will soon finish installing digital controls for the operating and safety systems of a nuclear reactor in South Carolina, a move being closely watched by other nuclear complexes.

 

Democrats Want Hearing on Marcellus Impacts

Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce want to hold congressional hearings on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

Kyoto Protocol Deal Loses Four Big Nations

Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at UN talks this year, and the U.S. reiterated it would remain outside the treaty.

Bacterial Enzyme Converts Carbon Monoxide to Hydrocarbons

Researchers at Utah State University report on an engineered bacterial enzyme — a molybdenum (Mo) nitrogenase — that is capable of converting carbon monoxide into usable hydrocarbons.

Activists All Out to Stop Rare Earth Plant

In the town of Gebeng in Pahang, a new rare earth plant has evoked fears of radiation contamination as residents seek to stop the construction of the world's largest such refinery.

Everest Glacier 'Turning Into a Lake' Due to Global Warming

A study of glacial melting in the high Himalaya found that the Imja glacier has melted from solid ice in the mid-1950s to a one and a half mile long lake today.

Trucks Lose, Ships Win in Warmer Arctic

Global warming will have a devastating effect on roads in the Arctic but open up tantalizing routes for shipping, according to a study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

 

China Expands Lead in Renewable Energy Technology: Index

China widened its lead over the United States as the most attractive country for renewable energy projects, following its "greenest" five-year plan to date, Ernst & Young LLP said.

Canada: Tories Left Oil Sands Data Out of UN Report

Canada has said it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20% increase in annual pollution from the oil sands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report that it was required to submit to the UN.

Germany to Scrap Nuclear Power by 2022

Germany on Monday announced plans to become the first major industrialized power to shut down all nuclear plants in the wake of the Japan disaster, with a phase-out due to end by 2022.

 

Climate Change to Deal Blow to Fruits, Nuts: Study

Climate change is expected to alter the global industry in fruits and nuts dramatically as tree crops such as pistachios and cherries struggle in the rising temperatures, researchers said.

 

Judge Orders U.Va. to Hand Over Climate Records

The University of Virginia has been ordered to turn over documents produced by a former scientist studying climate change so a state judge can decide which documents are exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Mexico: Withering Heat Prompts Warnings

Extreme temperatures are gripping much of Mexico, prompting warnings from health officials and causing concern among some residents over the absence of seasonal rainfall this week.

Ailing UN Climate Talks Jolted by Record Surge in Greenhouse Gases

The record leap in global greenhouse gas emissions last year has thrown the spotlight on the world's only concerted attempt to stem the tide of global warming – the UN climate negotiations.

Julia Gillard Orders Carbon Tax Blitz

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ordered a national blitz by senior ministers to sell the government's climate change plans amid mounting opposition from business to the carbon tax.

Michael Bloomberg: Too Much 'Hot Air' on Climate Change

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has accused politicians in the United States of a failure of leadership when it comes to dealing with climate change.

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