March 21, 2011

Shareholder Sues Denmark's Vestas in United States

A pension fund has launched a class action lawsuit against Denmark's Vestas in the U.S. claiming the company gave misleading information that artificially inflated its share price.

March 20, 2011

Power Cable Connected to Fukushima No. 2 Reactor, Aiding Bid to Cool Core

Workers reconnected the power cable to one reactor at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant, signaling progress in efforts to prevent Japan's nuclear crisis from escalating.

Former NRC Member Says Renaissance Is Dead, for Now

The birth of the "nuclear renaissance" will be crippled by the Japan crisis as regulators struggle to incorporate "lessons learned" into the country's existing nuclear fleet, a former NRC member said.

Undeterred by Fallout Fears, U.S. and Chile Sign Nuclear Accord

With fears of radiation spreading in Japan after the devastating earthquake there, Chile and the U.S. signed an accord on Friday intended to help Chile develop a nuclear energy program.

Singh Orders Indian Nuclear Safety Review

Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister, has called for a reexamination of his country's nuclear safety systems following the crisis at the Fukushima atomic energy plant in Japan.

Japan Reports Rising Radiation Levels in Spinach and Milk

Japan has reported elevated radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power station.

API to Establish Offshore Safety Center in Houston

A petroleum industry group plans to establish a center for offshore safety in Houston nearly a year after a disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Delay in Coal Pollution Rules Took Toll in Lives

Despite damning scientific verdicts on mercury emissions, industry succeeded in blocking an E.P.A. standard for 20 years, taking a toll in human lives.

Can Mexico Lead the Way in Proving Carbon Cuts?

Mexico has begun a program to make its climate actions more transparent, a move it hopes will raise its credibility in the international community.

Developers Shocked as Scottish Government Discards Offshore Wind Projects

The Scottish government has abandoned plans for two offshore wind farms identified by the Crown Estate as part of its Scottish Territorial Waters leasing round.

Palin Rips Obama Energy Policy as 'Social Engineering'

During her first foreign trip in 2011, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed President Obama's green energy policy as a "social engineering" project that hurts the U.S. economy. 

Google Invests in a Chips-to-Biofuels Venture

A Southern California start-up that is developing mobile refineries that turn wood chips and agricultural waste into biofuels has received a $20 million round of financing, and Google is a major participant.

March 18, 2011

U.S. Nuclear Officials Suspect Japanese Plant Has a Dire Breach

U.S. government nuclear experts believe a spent fuel pool at Japan's crippled Fukushima reactor complex has a breach in the wall or floor, a situation that creates a major obstacle.

Crises in Japan, Gulf, Thwart U.S. Energy Accord

With Japan's nuclear crisis still unfolding, Libya in civil war, and Americans stewing over gasoline prices, U.S. energy policy is bound to be unstable for a while.

Rare White House Request for NRC to Review Safety of U.S. Nuke Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct a "comprehensive review" of the safety of all U.S. nuclear plants.

2 Natural Gas Companies Extend Shutdown of Arkansas Injection Wells

Two natural gas exploration companies have agreed to extend the shutdowns of Arkansas injection wells as researchers study whether the operations are linked to recent earthquake activity.

Deadly Heatwaves Will Be More Frequent in Coming Decades, Say Scientists

New research asuggests that "mega-heatwaves" will become five to 10 times more likely over the next 40 years, occurring at least once a decade.

U.S. Approves First Floating Deepwater Storage in Gulf

The U.S. Interior Department said on Thursday it gave final approval for Petrobras to use the first ever deepwater floating production storage facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

Congress Emits Half-Truths in Spin War Over Mass. v. EPA.

In the continuing political battle over the Obama administration's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, lawmakers rarely take aim at the most deserving target: the Supreme Court.

Canada's Unique Wetlands Under Threat: Report

Canada must limit large-scale industrial activity in its boreal forest to preserve millions of lakes and rivers critical to forming Arctic sea ice, a new report said.

New York Nuclear Plant's Future Shaky as Fears Grow

New worries about a New York nuclear plant's vulnerability to earthquakes could hand the state's governor an opportunity to try to close the plant, but New York City's huge power needs could stall any such moves.

Report: Renewable Resources Could Transform India's Economy

India could become a green superpower rivaling the U.S., EU and China if it can capitalize on a market for sustainable products that could be worth up to $135 billion by 2020.

March 17, 2011

House Panel Rejects Measure Backing US EPA's Finding on Climate Change

A Republican-led House panel rejected a measure supporting the Obama administration's finding that the earth's climate is warming because of human activity.

Bungling, Cover-Ups Define Japanese Nuclear Power

Behind Japan's escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a comfy relationship with government regulators often willing to overlook safety lapses.

Spent Fuel Rods at Plant Pose Big Risk

Japan's nuclear crisis now hangs largely on whether it can get control over the radioactive waste held in pools of water at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Feds to Deploy More Radiation Monitors in Western US, Pacific Territories Amid Nuclear Crisis

Growing concern by Americans over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan has prompted officials to deploy more radiation monitors in the western U.S. and Pacific territories.

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