October 31, 2010

Former Indonesian REDD Negotiator Arrested on Corruption Charge

Wandojo Siswanto, one of the lead negotiators for Indonesia's delegation at last year's climate talks in Copenhagen and a key architect of its Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program, has been arrested and charged with receiving bribes.

October 30, 2010

Evangelical Climate Hawk Learns Hard Knocks

Ben Lowe, a 25-year-old first-time candidate, speaks in evangelical language and his moral compass points toward clean-energy investment. He's getting whomped.

 

California Doubles Offset Use in Cap-and-Trade Plan

California environmental regulators plan to let power plants, oil refineries and factories use more carbon offsets to meet pollution targets in the state's cap-and- trade program for greenhouse gases.

A GOP-Controlled House Would Attack EPA, Climate Science

If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies.

Need to move Indonesia capital growing urgent

Sea level rise, worsening flooding and land subsidence in and around Jakarta have prompted Indonesian officials to resurrect plans to move the country's capital.

China assures Clinton on rare earth exports

China assured U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday that it would be a "reliable supplier" of exotic metals key to the global high-tech industry, U.S. officials said.

Exxon Betting Big on Natural Gas

Exxon Mobil spent $41 billion a year ago to acquire XTO Energy, doubling its natural gas reserves. And it is building up a massive liquefied natural gas capacity around the globe.

Fracking Pumps Up Pressure in Upstate N.Y. Congressional Race

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) has been an outspoken critic of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. His opponent, Republican George Phillips, supports "aggressive" development once regulators sign off.

October 29, 2010

Tensions High on Final Day of UN Biodiversity Talks

UN talks aimed at sealing a global pact to protect the world's ecosystems entered their final day on Friday amid high tensions, with negotiators yet to agree on a deal over money.

 

BP Shares Jump After Investigator Points Finger at Halliburton Over Gulf Well Cement

BP shares jumped this morning after a U.S. investigator pointed the finger at Halliburton, which, as a BP contractor, was responsible for cementing the blown-out well in the Gulf.

Scientists to See if Oil Spill Hurt Deep Sea Life

A team of scientists are leaving on a research cruise to see if the BP oil spill hurt deep-sea coral and organisms that live around natural oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama May Discuss Rare Earth Policy with Chinese President

Pres. Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao may discuss access to Chinese supplies of rare earth elements when they meet Nov. 11, a White House official said.

 

IPCC: Attacks on Climate Science Echo Tobacco Industry Tactics

The attacks on climate science made ahead of the Copenhagen summit were "organised" to undermine efforts to tackle global warming, according to the vice-chair of the IPCC.

Global Warming 'Unquestionably' Linked to Humans: France

Global warming exists and is unquestionably due to human activity, the French Academy of Science said in a report published Thurs. and written by 120 scientists.

 

India Eyes U.S. Tech to Exploit Shale Gas

India plans to rope in the U.S. for technical knowhow to tap shale gas reserves when Pres. Obama visits the country next month.

'Slasher' in Line to Lead House Panel

Fred Upton (R-Mich.) could become a thorn in Obama's side if he takes over the Energy and Commerce panel.

Scenarios: Republicans May Revamp U.S. Energy Policy

U.S. energy policies face a big overhaul if Republicans, as expected, take control of the House and make gains in the Senate in next week's congressional elections.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Flexes Muscles to Defend Climate Law

The California governor is fighting hard to protect his green legacy, taking on oil executives who aim to annul his landmark global warming law via Proposition 23.

U.S. Environment Agency Urged by Oil Group to Delay New Ozone Standards

The Obama administration should postpone issuing restrictive ozone standards that would cost $10 trillion and more than 7 million jobs, the American Petroleum Institute said.

Clay on Coal a Health Risk in China

Clay-encrusted coal picked up off the ground and burned in poorly ventilated homes may expose millions of people in rural China to a toxin, researchers say.

Barton 'Confident' He Can Win Fight to Become Energy and Commerce Chairman

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said Thursday that he's "confident" of his ability to nab an influential House chairmanship if Republicans win control of the chamber in Nov. 2's elections.

Oilsands Waterfowl Deaths ‘Unacceptable,’ Gov't Says

The federal government has added its weight to the investigation of the latest waterfowl deaths on oilsands tailings ponds, as the total rose Wednesday to more than 350 dead ducks.

Why Rendell’s "Moratorium" on Forest Drilling Means Very, Very Little

Penn. Gov. Rendell's moratorium on leasing more state forest land for natural gas drilling marks a largely-symbolic act, delivered too late and only after he authorized several leases of state forest for drilling, over repeated warnings from his own forestry officials.

California Approves Tessera Solar Plant

NTR's Tessera Solar won approval for a 663.5 MW solar plant near Barstow in Southern California, the latest in a string of giant solar plants planned for the most populous state.

Solar Power Projects Face Potential Hurdles

Without continued government incentives that vastly reduce the risks to investors, solar companies planning another dozen or so plants say they may not be able to raise enough capital to proceed.

UK: Fierce Opposition Drives Wind Farm Approvals to All-Time Low

The onshore wind industry is stepping up its campaign to reform planning laws after a report revealed campaigns against onshore wind farms have seen planning approval rates fall 50 percent.

Hawaii Aims for Microthermal Solar Utopia

Start-up Sopogy is supplying its micro-concentrated solar panels (MicroCSP) for a 5-megawatt thermal solar plant that will tie-in to a new plan for the Kalealoa community near Honolulu.

U.S. Fuel Cell Council, National Hydrogen Association Merge

The US Fuel Cell Council and the National Hydrogen Association are merging to form the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies.

October 28, 2010

Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill, Panel Says

Halliburton knew weeks before the blast on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture it planned to use to seal the well was unstable, a commission found.

Companies Fight to Keep Global Warming Data Secret

Some of the country's largest carbon emitters, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don't want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute.

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