March 23, 2011
Disruption in Japan Slows Rise in Oil Price
The leadership of the Senate Energy Committee is seeking public input on how to fashion a bill creating the White House's national standard for generating more U.S. electricity from clean energy.
As More Commercial Buildings Go Green, a Few Go 'Net-Zero'
The Department of Energy's website lists eight net-zero-energy commercial buildings up and running in the country. But the real number could be closer to 25, with about 50 more in construction.
Jatropha Biofuel 'Produces Six Times Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Fossil Fuels'
A study of a proposed 50,000 hectare jatropha plantation development in Kenya found that emissions in producing the biofuel would be 2.5 to six times higher than the fossil fuel equivalents.
First Solar Breaks Ground on Its Thin-Film PV Module Manufacturing Plant in Vietnam
Just fifteen miles outside of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam's Dong Nam Industrial Park, First Solar has begun construction on its $300 million, four-line PV module manufacturing plant.
Two Thirds of Global Firms See Climate Adaptation as an Opportunity
According to a major new global survey of 700 top business executives undertaken by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of UK Trade & Investment, almost two thirds of businesses now regard climate change and the need for adaptation measures as a commercial opportunity.
Biofuel Policy is Causing Starvation, Says Nestlé Boss
Soaring food inflation is the result of "immoral" policies in the U.S. which divert crops for use in the production of biofuels instead of food, according to the chairman of one of the world's largest food companies.
Northern Ireland Boosts Renewable Energy Subsidies
The Northern Ireland Assembly approved amendments to the province's renewable energy subsidy scheme, upping payments for energy generated through anaerobic digestion and updating tariffs.
March 22, 2011
Smoke and steam rose from two of the most threatening reactors at Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant on Tuesday, suggesting the battle to avert a disastrous meltdown was far from won.
Japan Fears Food Contamination as Battle to Cool Nuclear Plant Continues
Abnormal radiation levels in Japan have been reported in tap water, vegetables and milk with concerns that fish may also be affected.
Japan Extended Reactor’s Life, Despite Warning
Australia Weighs Nuclear Push after Japan Crisis
Japan's nuclear crisis threatens to derail a political push by Australia's government to overturn a ban on selling uranium to India, as well as a drive to use nuclear power domestically.
Calif. Senators Call on Utilities to Delay Nuclear Plant Relicensing for New Seismic Studies
Obama Administration Approves First Post-Spill Deepwater Exploration Plan
The Obama administration on Monday approved the first deepwater oil-and-gas exploration plan since last year's massive oil spill.
Atlantic Oil Spill Threatens Endangered Penguins
Conservationists say an oil slick from a wrecked ship is threatening endangered penguins on a remote British South Atlantic territory.
China Rare Earth Prices Explode as Export Volumes Collapse
China's exports of rare earth metals burst through the $100,000-per-ton mark for the first time in February, up almost ninefold from a year before.
Mauritania, Kuwait, Jordan Water Said Least Secure
Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan have the least secure water supplies, according to a ranking on Tuesday that says shortages in the Middle East and North Africa might cause political tensions.
Michigan County Welcomes Wind Farm with Open Arms
While wind farms in many communities are contentious and controversial, a major wind development in Gratiot County, Michigan, enjoys nearly unanimous support from residents and county officials.
In Small Wind Versus Solar, It's All About Location
To perform at capacity, small wind turbines need strong, steady wind, while solar panels are more versatile in where they can be used, say experts.
The new wave disk engine is lighter and more efficient than conventional piston-driven engines, and can run on a variety of fuels.
March 21, 2011
The World Health Organization said that radiation in food after an earthquake damaged a Japanese nuclear plant was more serious than previously thought.
New Repairs Delay Work at Crippled Nuclear Plant
Top Nuke Regulator Eyes Two-Part Safety Review, Won’t Rule out Licensing Changes
The NRC said Sunday that the upcoming study of U.S. reactor safety will unfold in two phases to allow a near-term review while awaiting detailed information to emerge from Japan.
In Wake of Crisis in Japan, U.S. Official Suggests Putting Reactors Near Big Cities May Change
U.S. Coal Miners Set to Profit as Fears Rise Over Nuclear Power
U.S. coal companies are poised to benefit from a move away from nuclear energy because of concerns raised by the severe crisis at reactors in Japan.
Nuclear Wake-Up Call for Merkel in State Vote
Voters handed German Chancellor Merkel a wake-up call Sunday on nuclear power after the Japan crisis as the Greens more than doubled their score in the second of 2011's seven state elections.
Coast Guard Collecting Samples of Substance in Gulf of Mexico After Reports of Oil Sheen
"Hydro-Diplomacy" Needed to Avert Arab Water Wars
The UN should promote "hydro-diplomacy" to defuse tensions over water in regions like the Middle East where scarce supplies have the potential to spark future conflicts, experts said.
Italian Government Leaves Solar Subsidies Unchanged
The Italian solar industry has received a major boost after the government announced it would not be altering subsidies for any pre-existing projects.
Germany Sees Need for Huge Push to Widen Power Grid
Germany must expand its power grid to handle green energy in a project similar in scale to its massive reconstruction of infrastructure in the former communist East, according to a government paper.