May 18, 2011

Malaysia Unveils Plan to Build 'Green Economy'

Malaysia is launching an ambitious plan to build a "green economy" with the help of an advisory council that includes economist Jeffrey Sachs and the UN climate change chief.


Flooding Takes Vast Economic Toll, and It’s Hardly Done

The Mississippi River, already spilling over into wide areas of the Mississippi Delta, has dealt the South an economic blow that is seeping into every corner of the region's commercial and agricultural life.

Little Rain for Europe's Farmers before June

Drought in much of Europe looks set to continue with little relief for parched farmland until June at the earliest, forecasters say.

Group Responds to Potential NW Wind Power Shutdown

Wind power companies facing a springtime shutdown to accommodate a surge of hydropower in the Northwest said Tuesday the region's main power manager has a conflict of interest.

Fukushima Disaster Deepens U.S. Turmoil over Nuclear Waste Storage

Japan's nuclear disaster and the abandoned Yucca Mountain repository are combining to create a more complex puzzle for U.S. policymakers wrestling with the future of nuclear power in the U.S.

Fresh Tales of Chaos From Nuclear Crisis

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant deteriorated in the crucial first 24 hours far more rapidly than previously understood, a Wall Street Journal reconstruction of the disaster shows.

Denmark Preparing to Stake Claim to North Pole

Denmark plans to lay claim to the North Pole and other areas in the Arctic, where melting ice is uncovering new shipping routes, fishing grounds and drilling opportunities for oil and gas, a leaked government document showed.

Aviation CO2 Suit to Stir Tension at UN talks, Derwent Says

A lawsuit by U.S. airlines arguing against inclusion in the European Union carbon market probably will stir tension at December climate talks, said Henry Derwent, the International Emissions Trading Association president.

Australia Carbon Price Shock: Now It's $40 Ton

According to government research papers, black coal will remain the cheapest way to generate power unless the price on emissions rises relatively quickly to $40 a ton.

Brazil’s IBAMA Establishes ‘Zero Deforestation Policy’ in the Amazon

IBAMA, Brazil's equivalent of the EPA, is suspending 1,300 planned operations for 2011 in order to concentrate on curbing a spike in regional deforestation.

Judge Puts Hold on Endangered Species Deal

A federal judge has put on hold a settlement that would require the government to consider greater protections for hundreds of imperiled species.

Energy Secretary Chu Says More than 1,800 Charging Stations Have Been Installed

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than 1,800 plug-in vehicle charging stations have been installed under the Recovery Act's $400-million Transportation Electrification Initiative. 

LED Bulbs Hit 100 Watts as Federal Ban Looms

Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

The Chemical Ocean Acid Test

How will marine life respond to ocean waters that are growing ever more acidic? In a remote Norwegian fjord, scientists are finding out by simulating the corrosive seas of the future.

May 17, 2011

EPA Delays Cuts in Boiler, Incinerator Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying indefinitely regulations to reduce toxic pollution from boilers and incinerators.

Alberta Wildfires Force Shutdown of Some Oil Production

Wildfires destroyed more than a third of a town in Alberta on Monday and forced oil companies in Canada's largest energy-producing province to shut off thousands of barrels of output.

Sierra Club Sues Michigan over Holland Coal Plant Air Permit

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, accusing it of "ignoring state regulations" when it approved a permit for a coal plant in Holland.

White House Science Adviser Sees Room for Compromise on Energy

Despite partisan divides on energy policy, Pres. Obama's science adviser said he sees two areas of compromise: reducing dependence on oil imports and promoting innovative energy technology.

UK Government to Set Emissions Targets

The UK government is expected to announce today that it has agreed to ambitious targets for emissions cuts into the 2020s, following a cabinet rift on the issue.

China Hit by Worst Energy Crisis in Years

Central China is enduring its worst energy crisis in years, with factories and residents facing power cuts — a problem worsening as drought dries rivers, reducing hydroelectric capacity.

Australia to Set Expected Carbon Tax Price by July

A planned tax on carbon gas emitting industries in Australia would be far below a recommended price that might have forced polluters to switch to greener technology, the government said Tuesday.

Chamber Blasts Bill to Repeal Big Oil Tax Breaks

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blasted a bill by Senate Democrats to eliminate billions in tax breaks for the largest oil companies Monday, calling the effort "punitive taxation."

More Global Preparation for Increasing Natural Disasters: IPCC Chair

The chairman of the IPCC, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, says governments are not equipped to deal with more natural disasters.

Fracking Employs Plenty of Lawyers

The U.S. natural gas boom is paving the way for another kind of all-American boom: litigation. Lawyers are lining up clients in states from Pennsylvania to Colorado.

BP's Arctic Pact With Rosneft Lapses

BP's arctic exploration deal with Russia's state oil company collapsed after the U.K. giant failed to overcome the opposition of the partners in its existing Russian joint venture.

Lowe's to Offer Sungevity Quick Solar Panel Quote

Home improvement retailer Lowe's has invested in Sungevity and will offer its solar panel quote service in store displays later this year.

First Signs of Ozone-Hole Recovery Spotted

Researchers in Australia have detected a recovery in baseline average springtime ozone levels in the region, 22 years after the Montreal Protocol to ban CFCs and related ozone-destroying chemicals came into force.

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