March 20, 2011

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.

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?

FEMA "is in a constant state of flux" and needs to better coordinate disaster preparedness efforts with state and local governments, a government watchdog will report Thursday.

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