Category: Environment

Big Oil anticipates 10-fold surge in carbon cost

International oil producers are girding for carbon emission costs that may surge to almost 10 times the current prices in Europe, the world’s largest greenhouse gas market, as governments around the world step up efforts to curb climate change  More »

US to allow eagle deaths, to aid wind power

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.  More »

Investigation digs into aftereffects of Exxon Mobil pipeline spill (video)

Inside Climate News has released a two-part investigation into the aftermath of Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline oil spill, which unleashed 210,000 gallons of oil on an Arkansas neighborhood in March.  More »

Student fossil-fuel divestment movement suffers setbacks

The student campaign to press colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels is entering a new phase, now that administrators at several top schools have said no.  More »

Park Service withdraws comments on fracturing rule

A congressman said the comments were a “thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands.”  More »

Deaths of migratory birds lead to $300,000 settlement

Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.  More »

Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says

The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  More »

Feds shine more light on carbon cost estimates

Giving in to demands from the oil industry, business groups and their allies on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration on Tuesday formally released the calculations behind its new estimate of the costs tied to emitting carbon dioxide.  More »

Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances

A publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.  More »

Fracking bonanza eludes wastewater recycling investors

Cleaning up water in the oil patch is a tougher slog than many expected. Geology and water chemistry vary so much by location that no one has devised a cheap, one-size-fits-all technology to convince most producers to recycle.  More »

Activists to push DC fossil fuel investment ban

Environmental activists are planning a rally in support of legislation that would ban the District of Columbia from investing in companies with large reserves of fossil fuels.  More »

Bill would make Vermont 1st state to drop oil stocks

To Sen. Anthony Pollina, it makes sense that if Vermont wants to strike a blow against climate change, it should have its pension funds divest from oil, coal and other fossil fuel companies.  More »