October 29, 2010

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.

Poll: Tea Party More Skeptical on Climate than Republicans Overall

A new Pew climate poll finds that Republicans who identify with the Tea Party movement are more skeptical about global warming than other GOP-ers.

Seattle Fuel Spill Spreads Slick Across Salmon Bay

A Washington state ecology official says a fuel spill at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal has spread a slick across nearby Salmon Bay.

U.S. Sets Up Security Zone Around BP Oil Spill Site

A security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster earlier this year, the Justice Department said.


Clinton to Question China on Minerals

Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would question Chinese officials about reports that China had halted shipments of strategically important rare earth minerals.

World Bank Launches Scheme to Green Government Accounts

The World Bank on Thurs. launched a program to help nations put a value on nature just like GDP in a bid to stop the destruction of forests, wetlands and reefs.


Cane Ethanol Leader Brazil Considers Using Corn

Sugar cane ethanol pioneer Brazil, which touts the efficiency and environmental qualities of its biofuel, could soon begin making it from less-efficient corn to soak up excess grains.

Global Warming Issue May Determine Key Races

For the first time in 10 years, not one Republican running for the U.S. Senate supports proposals to limit CO2 emissions. Most openly question the science of global warming.

Futuristic Climate Schemes to Get UN Hearing

Futuristic schemes for slowing climate change such as dimming sunlight are fraught with risks but will get a serious hearing from the UN panel of climate scientists.

Leaked Memo Depicts Bare-Bones Regulatory Environment for NY Gas Drilling

The leaked memo that led to the dismissal of New York's top environmental official last week depicts a severely understaffed agency that has struggled to adequately perform its duties over the past two years and is ill-equipped to supervise natural gas drilling.

Islanders Lead World on Personal Carbon Test Scheme

Norfolk Island will introduce the world's first trial of a personal carbon trading scheme. If successful, it could improve the health of the residents as well as reduce GHG emissions.

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