May 29, 2011

Amazon Activist Shot Dead, Third Murder in a Week

A community leader who had denounced illegal logging in Brazil's Amazon was shot dead Friday, a church ministry said, making him the third environmental activist killed last week.

 

Officials Meet for Rainforest Summit

Top officials from the world's three major tropical rainforest regions will meet in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital on Sunday ahead of a summit to boost cooperation between the areas.

 

Bidding War Heats Up for Low U.S. Corn Supplies

A bidding war is heating up among users of corn in the United States as livestock feeders and ethanol makers scramble to lock in supplies before extremely low stocks run dry by this summer.

From Allergies to Deadly Disease, Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

Researchers say that subtle changes in climate over the last 40 years may be the reason it's infecting people much farther north. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is already treating climate change as a serious health threat.

Freezing Coral DNA to Preserve Great Barrier Reef's Biodiversity

Coral will be kept on ice in a frozen DNA bank for decades, even centuries, in a bid to preserve the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef – an inititiative that has started as a worst-case-scenario response to the threat of global warming.

Huron River Advocates Form Regional Effort to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

The Huron River Watershed Council is launching a new initiative to explore the impact of climate change on communities within the river's 910-square mile watershed.

Analysis: German Drought Threat to Biodiesel Producers

Drought will sharply cut the rapeseed harvest in Germany, which produces about a quarter of the European Union's crop, and is likely to force biodiesel producers to cut output.

India to Add 9th Mission to Climate Change Action Plan

India is set to expand its domestic action plan to limit the growth of greenhouse gases by adding clean carbon initiatives to its eight-pronged response to tackle climate change.

Cornish Town Aims to Be UK's First to Adopt Solar Power

The residents of the small town of Wadebridge, Cornwall, are aiming to transform the area into the first solar- and renewable-energy powered town in the UK.

Solazyme Cruises in Biofuels, Green Chemicals IPO

The stock for algae company Solazyme rose 15 percent in its initial public offering, raising $227 million to expand its biofuels and chemicals businesses.

Officials in Germany Support Closing 7 Nuclear Plants

Seven nuclear power plants in Germany that were shut down after the Fukushima disaster in Japan are likely to be closed permanently after a decision Friday by state environment ministers.

27,580 Barrels of Shell Oil Spilt in Nigeria in 2010

Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said Friday that theft, sabotage and operational reasons caused 27,580 barrels of oil to spill from its facilities in Nigeria last year.

DEP Official: Pennsylvania Might Have World's Largest Gas Reserves

Pennsylvania might be sitting on the largest gas reserves in the world, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection official said in Laporte on Friday.

Shale Boom in Texas Could Increase U.S. Oil Output

Texas is in the hottest new onshore oil play in the country. More than a dozen companies plan to drill up to 3,000 wells in the region in the next 12 months.

In Iowa, Romney Backs Ethanol Subsidies

Likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday voiced his support for ethanol subsidies during his first visit of the year to Iowa.

Gingrich Calls for 'All Out' Drilling

GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich is calling for an "all-out" effort to expand oil-and-gas development that he alleges would bring down gas prices long before new supplies are produced.

May 27, 2011

O’Malley Hits Christie for Ditching Cap-and-Trade Program

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is bashing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) over the Republican's decision Thursday to withdraw the Garden State from a regional cap-and-trade program.

GOP Hopefuls Once Hot, Now Cold on Global Warming

Faced with an activist right wing that questions climate science and also disdains big government, most of the GOP contenders have stepped back from their previous positions on warming.

Fire at Japanese Nuclear Plant

A fire broke out on Friday at a nuclear power station near Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi, the plant at the centre of the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl, its operator said.

 

BP Reports Faulty Valve at Toledo, Oh, Refinery

BP reported a release of materials from the coker drum at its 125,700 barrel-per-day joint-venture refinery in Toledo, Ohio, due to a faulty motor-operated valve.

Boxer Plans Hearing on New Climate Report

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer is planning a hearing to review the latest in a string of major reports that sounds the alarm about climate change.

BlueGreen Alliance, Apollo Alliance Merge

The BlueGreen Alliance and Apollo Alliance, two organizations that have brought together environmental, labor and business groups to promote clean energy, said they are merging.

U.S., India Establish $100 Million Greentech Fund

The U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center is ready to offer $100 million in public and private-sector funding for greentech research, the organization announced last week.

S.Africa to Push Ahead with Nuclear Plans

Energy-hungry South Africa said Thursday it would not abandon plans to scale up nuclear power despite the meltdown in March at the Fukushima plant in Japan.

 

Scientists Doubt Claims Methane Gone after BP Spill

Scientists on Thursday cast doubt on a study that claimed bacteria ate nearly all the methane that leaked after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying its methods were flawed.

 

Solar Power Carport Charges Cars in Connecticut

Conn. Gov. Malloy and GE Industrial Solutions CEO Luis Ramírez unveiled the GE EV Solar Carport, which incorporates solar panels on its roof with electric car charging stations under its cover.

BP Oil Spill Partly Glamed for Gulf Dolphin Deaths

The deaths of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico so far this year is due in part to the devastating 2010 BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to contain it, a report said Thursday.

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