November 3, 2010

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals

The city's board of supervisors votes to forbid restaurants from giving away toys with meals with high levels of calories, sugar and fat. That includes most of McDonald's Happy Meals.

November 2, 2010

Big Oil Spends $69.5m to Get the Congress It Wants

It's worth a lot to the oil and coal lobbies to get the Congress they want and the investment seems to be paying off.

U.S. Wind Power Posts Slowest Quarter Since 2007

Investors turn away from the sector after Congress does not pass a renewable power mandate, an industry group says.

Indian Wind Giant Eyes Chinese Market

India's Suzlon Energy sees China as the wind energy hub of the future, the firm's chairman said, and is moving to tap into the massive market. 


Can Nuclear Plants Work for 80 Years?

The nuclear industry recommends that reactors work for decades beyond retirement age -- for as long as 80 years.


Senior Kerry's Top Climate Staffer Departs

One more sign that a comprehensive climate bill isn't going to move in 2011: Kathleen Frangione is leaving Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) staff on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Climate Computer Game Lets You Decide Earth's Fate

Ever wondered how one person could save the planet from the effects of climate change? A British-made computer game on trial release creates different ways of doing just that.

GOP Firebrands in House Ready Assault on Interior

It is a 20-block trip from the Interior Department headquarters to the House Natural Resources Committee's Capitol Hill hearing rooms, and Secretary Ken Salazar may get to know it well.

Clearing Tropical Forests is a Lose-Lose

Clearing tropical forests for farmland is bad for the climate, no surprises there. But a new study shows it's also an inefficient way to feed people.

BP Spill Cost Hits $40 billion as profits dive

BP lifted its estimate of the likely cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $40 billion on Tuesday, denting profits.

Sen. Johanns Asks Clinton for Additional Review of Pipeline

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to prepare an additional environmental analysis of a proposed Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline project. 

Gas Drilling Playing Minor Role in Texas Elections

For candidates in New York and Pennsylvania, regulation of gas drilling near residential communities is a hot issue. Not so in Texas.

Second Poll: Californians Will Protect Climate Change Law

A second poll in a week shows Californians remain steadfast in their support for the state's pioneering climate change law and don't want it suspended.

Chicago Climate Exchange to End

Jeff Sprecher, chief executive of the InternationalExchange and CCX's owner, said participants in the Chicago Climate Exchange's voluntary cap-and-trade scheme want to pull out.

World's Greenest Parking Garage in Denver

Denver International Airport is knee-deep in its attempt to offer frequent flyers access to one of the world's greenest parking facilities. Electric vehicles can plug in for free. 

November 1, 2010

Swiss Solar Plane Broke Multiple Records

Aeronautical authorities on Friday confirmed world records for a Swiss solar-powered aircraft that flew around the clock in July, including those for the longest and highest flight by such an aircraft.

The 2010 Election and the War on Coal

As Tuesday's election approaches, candidates in West Virginia on both sides of the aisle are defending their state from a perceived war on coal.

Voters Likely to Hand GOP Big Governorships

Republicans are anticipating major gains in governorships across the nation's industrial heartland and in several vital presidential swing states.

Reid Loss Could Reopen Nuke Debate

The majority leader has used his clout to help stop the Yucca Mountain project that would store nuclear waste in his home state.

Rare Earth Fund Off to Flying Start

A new exchange-traded fund (ETF) covering rare earth metals, many of which are crucial for the development of clean technologies such as solar panels, attracted widespread investor interest.


US Tea Party's Deep Ties to Oil Sands Giant

Owners of Koch Industries, a major processor of Alberta crude, spent millions to foment and support a movement against Obama's climate change policies.

U.S. Plays Conflicted Role in Global Climate Debate

President Obama wants an ambitious climate package out of the upcoming talks in Cancun. But given his current domestic constraints, can the U.S. help make that happen?

October 31, 2010

Vietnam and Japan to Mine Rare Earths Together

Vietnam will partner with Japan in mining rare earth minerals and building a nuclear power plant in the Southeast Asian country, as Tokyo seeks to reduce its dependence on China.

Sec. Clinton: China Has ‘No Intention’ of Withholding Rare-Earth Minerals

Secretary of State Clinton said in Hanoi Saturday that China has provided reassurances it will not block export of rare-earth minerals used in energy and hi-tech industries.


Agreement In UN Plan To Protect Biodiversity

Delegates at a UN summit on Saturday reached an agreement to sign an historic global treaty to protect the world's ecosystems within 10 years.

Republicans on the Offensive as Tuesday Nears; House Could Fall, Senate Unlikely

Two days before Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans appear poised to capture control of the House and are likely to make substantial gains in the Senate.

PGE Offers to Close Coal Plant Earlier

Portland General Electric has drafted a much firmer proposal to close Oregon's only coal plant by Dec. 31, 2020, at least 20 years earlier than anticipated.

Prop. 23 Is a Money Saver, Valero Contends

The Texas oil company says its big Wilmington refinery would face prohibitive new costs, which it would have to pass on to consumers, if there's no relief from California's new emissions law.

Better Monitoring Urged for Ailing Oceans by 2015

Ocean scientists urged governments to invest billions by 2015 in a new system to monitor the seas and give alerts of everything from tsunamis to acidification linked to climate change.

Inquiry Backs UK Oil Drilling

The chair of the parliamentary select committee investigating safety in the North Sea in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill believes deepwater drilling should continue in the UK continental shelf.

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