Category: Environment

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 »

EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a “substantial answer” to global warming in two years to remain relevant.  More »

Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.  More »

Nearly all jailed Greenpeace protesters granted bail in Russia

A Russian jail has freed on bail the U.S. captain of a Greenpeace ship and six crewmembers who were arrested following an anti-oil drilling protest in Arctic waters two months ago.  More »

Agency again approves Kinder Morgan’s Ruby Pipeline

Agency officials said they were sticking to their conclusion that mitigation measures are sufficient to offset the environmental impact for a number of species, including the sage grouse.  More »

Panel grants pollution waiver for Illinois coal plants

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has agreed to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants.  More »

Greenpeace Arctic protesters freed on bail

Russian jails have freed on bail 11 of the 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace ship protest in Arctic waters two months ago, but the charges against them still stand.  More »

Keystone foes target rail projects to thwart oil sands exports

Environmentalists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline are expanding their fight against imports of Canadian heavy crude oil by trying to block rail projects that offer another way for it to enter the U.S.  More »

Climate expert: US shale boom is bridge to future cleaner-burning fuels

A shale boom in the U.S. that’s led to lower natural gas prices and higher energy efficiency will act as a bridge to cleaner burning fuels, Carol Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency head, said today.  More »

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrip climate aid fivefold

Fossil fuel subsidies paid by industrial nations are more than five times the climate aid provided to poorer nations that need funds to reduce emissions and adapt to global warming, a study showed.  More »

Oil’s future draws Blood and Gore in investment portfolios

Bloomberg New Energy Finance says peak demand for fossil fuels could happen in 2030. The risk: Oil and coal companies worth more than $7 trillion may be sinking billions of dollars today into projects that will never make sense to finish.  More »