October 21, 2010

$700,000 from Gates to Help Protect CA Climate Law

The campaign against Proposition 23 is getting a $700,000 financial boost from high-tech billionaire Bill Gates.

California Vote Has Canadian Green Partners on Edge

Canadian provinces moving to cut their emissions are facing a setback if California, a key partner, decides the battle against global warming should wait for better economic times.


Wyo. Oil Spill Hints at Niobrara Shale's Potential

Word is out that a well in Wyoming has tapped oil from the Niobrara Shale — not from a news release or government records, but from 15 acres of ranch land blackened by an oil spill.


Grassley Slams Stimulus Energy Program Following DOE Report

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is alleging a new report critical of DOE-backed home weatherization in Illinois reveals broad problems.


Judge: Drilling Safety Rules Improperly Issued

A federal judge has ruled that the Interior Department improperly issued new safety rules after it imposed a moratorium on deep water drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.


Lawmakers Steer Clear of BP Cash

BP's political action committee has become a pariah in the aftermath of the oil spill, as lawmakers avoid accepting campaign contributions from the firm responsible for the disaster.

UN to Rank Academic Study of Climate, Other Topics

The UN's academic arm and an Arizona center will begin ranking the quality of university research conducted globally into climate change, sustainable development and other topics.

Financing Dearth Holds Solar Back in U.S.

The U.S. solar energy industry is having its best year ever, yet financing remains scarce for the billion-dollar projects needed for it to gain ground on global leaders like Germany.

EU Carbon Permits Fall to Three-Week Low on "Huge Overhang"

EU carbon-dioxide permits fell to a three-week low as a "huge overhang' of allowances damped demand while their premium over UN offsets widened.

Climate Change Treaty Must Address Health Issues: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday said next month's climate conference in Mexico must address health concerns in any legally binding agreement on global warming.

Scientists Say Asia's Corals Dying En Masse

Coral reefs in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean are dying from the worst bleaching effect in more than a decade, Australian marine scientists said this week.

NYC Mayor to Travel to China for Climate Meeting

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to China next month for a summit of cities on climate change, as the new chair of the C40 Climate Leadership.

Renewables to Contribute to Saudi Power Mix

Saudi Arabia expects renewable sources to contribute to its energy mix as its need for power triples over the next two decades, but the exact percentage will hinge on oil prices.

Surprising Upset Marks New Ranking of Greenest Car Makers

The big news is that Hyundai/Kia (the sleeper companies from Korea) are gaining fast in the competition for greenest automaker, and nearly took the top spot in the new survey.

Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns

Researchers say that many municipal bonds may be riskier than investors realize because ratings do not adequately reflect the risks of water shortages.

October 20, 2010

China Said to Widen Its Embargo of Minerals

China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of those materials to the U.S. and Europe.

Much of Planet Could See Extreme Drought in 30 Years: Study

Large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless GHG emissions are cut, according to a study released Tuesday.


Bangladesh, India Most At Risk from Climate Change

Bangladesh and India are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, according to an index on Wednesday that rates the Nordic region least at risk.


India Sets Up 'Green Court' To Make Polluters Pay

India launched a "green" court Tuesday to make polluters pay damages as it steps up its policing of the country's environmental laws.

Portugal to Open Electric Vehicle Network in 2011

Portugal is on track to open the world's first nationwide electric vehicle charging network early next year, Portuguese Energy Secretary Carlos Zorrinho said on Tuesday.

Schwarzenegger Urges Voters to Protect Climate Law

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday he wants voters to trounce Prop. 23 to prompt Washington to create a new national energy policy.

Investment Firms Lobby Against California Prop 23

Nearly 70 investors and investor groups on Tuesday lined up against a Calif. proposal to put the state's climate law on hold in a sign of the rising stakes for the measure.

Waxman Chides U.S. Chamber on Climate Bill: ‘A Stalemate Is Not a Solution’

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on Tuesday told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that it erred in attacking his climate bill and called for collaboration in the future.

U.S. Ethanol Makers Seek Renewal of Tax Breaks

Attacked as subsidy addicts, U.S. ethanol makers may need help from friends in high places, including the White House, to hold on to lucrative tax breaks.

UK Defense Review Highlights Rising Energy and Climate Security Risks

The government's Strategic Defense and Security Review has today highlighted the growing threat to the UK faced by increasing levels of energy insecurity and the anticipated impact of climate change.

BP: Company to Drill in Deeper Water, Assess Risk

BP and the industry will drill in deeper waters and go farther in their search for oil reserves, and must understand the risks so they can mitigate them in the future, a BP executive said.

Massey to Idle Mines for Day of Safety Training

Massey announced that it will idle production at 92 coal mints on Oct. 29 for safety exercises "to reinforce the fact the company expects its miners to follow."

Former EPA Chief Whitman Wants Place for Nuclear

Former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman said Tuesday that Congress should include nuclear power in any requirement for utilities to tap more clean energy sources.

Energy Department Wants to Remove Hanford Reactor

A key DOE report is recommending that the K East Reactor in Washington be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford's other reactors.

Weatherization Went Awry, Audit Shows

Twelve of 15 homes that underwent improvements financed by stimulus funds failed final inspections. For 10 homes, contractors billed for charges that were not incurred.

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