March 20, 2011
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
Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release.
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
2 Natural Gas Companies Extend Shutdown of Arkansas Injection Wells
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.
Two Democratic U.S. senators said they have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the capacity of the country's nuclear plants to withstand disasters in the wake of the Japan crisis.
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.
Low concentrations of radioactive particles are heading eastwards from Japan's nuclear power plant and are expected to reach North America in days, a Swedish official said on Thursday.
Feds to Deploy More Radiation Monitors in Western US, Pacific Territories Amid Nuclear Crisis
Merkel Switches Off Seven Nuclear Power Plants
Angela Merkel's U-turn on nuclear energy became even more gear-crunching on Tuesday when she announced the temporary closure of seven of Germany's nuclear power stations.
Angela Merkel Says Wants Faster Shift to Renewable Energy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she will present a clear timeline for a faster shift in policy toward renewable energy sources in the light of the Japanese nuclear crisis.
Canada: Pickering Nuclear Plant 'Leaked Radioactive Water'
Thousands of liters of radioactive water have been released into Lake Ontario as a result of an accident at a Canadian nuclear power plant, according to authorities.
Climate Debate Must Separate Science from Policy: Australian Academy of Science
Australia's response to climate change must be guided by the facts and not the political debate over a carbon tax, the nation's peak scientific body says.
Is FEMA Ready for the Next Disaster?
The U.S. showed increasing alarm about how Japan was handling its nuclear crisis, urging Americans to leave the area near an earthquake-crippled power plant.
March 16, 2011
China has suspended approvals for proposed nuclear power plants and is making a comprehensive safety check of atomic plants following Japan's nuclear crisis, the cabinet said.
Water is being poured into reactors No.5 and No.6 at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operating company said at a news conference on Wednesday.
Japan's nuclear industry faces tougher safety norms and higher costs for new plants but the quake-crippled complex won't soon displace nuclear from its key role in the nation's energy mix.