October 17, 2010
Gates Agriculture Grants Focus on Seeds, Climate
Gates Foundation, which has donated $1.5 billion to agriculture in developing countries, is focusing more investments on seeds and technology to help small farmers adapt to climate change, the foundation's chief executive said on Thursday.
October 15, 2010
UN Climate Body to Push for Reforms, But Pachauri Stays
The UN panel of climate change scientists agreed Thursday to push for reforms after coming in for strong criticism over errors in a 2007 report.
Shareholders Challenge Big Oil Efforts to Kill CA Climate Law
Shareholders have filed resolutions with three oil companies asking for their boards of directors to review political spending in light of their support for overturning California's climate law.
Analysis: Cleantech Opportunities Return After Dismal Year
Green energy opportunities are emerging after dismal returns this year, led by a buoyant solar industry and government renewable energy targets.
Barton Hits EPA on Clear Air Rule Costs
The top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is accusing EPA of rolling out pollution rules that will cost industries billions without fully weighing the economic effects.
Europe Switches to Plan B in New China-US Climate Pitch
Europe pushed China, the U.S. and a host of emerging powers on Thursday to extend a soon-to-expire deal to combat global warming at crunch talks in Mexico.
BLM Moves On Round 2 of Colorado, Utah Oil Shale Deals
Nominations for three more leases of federal land in Colorado and Utah for oil shale research are advancing for more review, the BLM said Wednesday.
Pennsylvania Republican Promises Tax Break for Natural Gas Industry
Tom Corbett, a Republican who is well ahead in the race for governor, says he will undo a Democratic initiative to impose a drilling tax on natural gas industry.
Environmentalists Join Mountaintop Fray
Environmental groups from Appalachia moved Thursday to join the federal government in fighting an industry lawsuit that would weaken oversight of mountaintop coal mining.
Government to Conduct Surprise Oil Rig Inspections
The U.S. offshore drilling agency will begin conducting surprise inspections on oil rigs, the agency's head said on Thursday.
U.S. Offshore Agency Excited Over Google Power Line
The U.S. offshore energy czar said Google Inc's surprising decision to get involved in wind energy is an exciting development.
Oil Co. Says It Won't Ship Big Loads All Decade
An oil company is denying an environmental group's report that says huge loads of refinery equipment will be shipped over scenic U.S. 12 in the Rocky Mountains for the next decade.
Shell Urges U.S. to Adopt North Sea Drilling Rules
Royal Dutch Shell urged the U.S. to adopt the tougher drilling rules applied in the North Sea, which it said could have helped prevent the mistakes that contributed to the BP disaster.
U.S. Solar Companies Expect to Create 24,000 Jobs Next Year
A review of national solar employment said the number of workers in the industry will increase by 26%, representing nearly 24,000 net new jobs by August 2011.
Plug-In Cars Pose Riddle for E.P.A.
Walmart Sows Seeds for Sustainable Farming Revolution
Walmart yesterday hailed a "new era" in its approach to the agricultural sector, launching a new initiative designed to promote sustainable farming techniques among its suppliers.
October 14, 2010
Rich Must Make Clearer Climate Cuts: UN
Rich nations must spell out their plans for cutting carbon more clearly to enable UN talks in Mexico to agree the cornerstone of a pact to slow warming, the U.N.'s climate chief said.
Europe Contemplates Raising Carbon Target to 30%
European environment ministers meet today to consider raising 2020 carbon cuts target from 20% to 30% against 1990 levels.
African Leaders Urged to Tackle Climate Change
African leaders came under pressure on Wednesday to take concrete actions against global warming at the African Development Forum in the Ethiopian capital, organisers said.
U.S. Clean Energy Sector Buffeted by U.S. Election Winds
U.S. business leaders, venture capitalists and government officials echo a similar concern: political uncertainty is roiling an industry once brimming with promise.
Ethanol Decision Seen as Corn Belt Pandering
Pentagon Going Green, Because It Has To
The US military's heavy dependence on fossil fuels is a dangerous vulnerability, officials said Wednesday as they made a fresh push to develop renewable energy solutions for the battlefield.
Joe Barton Makes Play for Energy Gavel
Gulf Moratorium Is Over But Drilling Has to Wait
The Gulf of Mexico is a mix of furious activity and tortured waiting around, one day after the end of the federal moratorium on deep water drilling.
Oil Spill Panel Chief Defends Report After White House Attacks
The co-chairman of the presidential commission probing the BP oil spill is defending draft staff findings critical of the federal spill response that drew heavy White House pushback.
EU Suggests Drilling Ban in Case of Safety Doubts
EU governments should stop deepwater drilling projects if they have any safety doubts, the EU said Wednesday, stopping short of an outright ban.
California Tops ACEEE State Rankings for a Fourth Year
California again leads the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's annual list of the states that do the most to advance energy efficiency, but Massachusetts is closing in.
GM Hits Back at Volt Critics
GM has been on defensive this week after the run up to the launch next month of its Volt was marred by press reports suggesting the plug-in car is little more than a standard hybrid electric vehicle.
Brazil: Environmentalism Not a Top Priority for Voters
The unexpectedly strong performance of Green Party candidate Marina Silva in the Oct. presidential elections could lead to a deceptively optimistic interpretation of the importance given to environmental issues by voters.
Q&A: India's Climate Chief on Making India Greener
India's environment minister and chief climate change negotiator Jairam Ramesh answers questions on the challenges he faces to chart out a green path for India.