Category: Environment

The View from Rio on June 14

As the first wave of visitors, delegates and speakers arrive in Rio for the Rio +20 sustainability summit, the overall picture is still unsettled. The persons charged with drafting a possible International Agreement to come out of the conference have still not settled on a straightforward document. Disagreements remain over how to measure national progress […]  More »

Conservation efforts help avoid lizard listing

The federal government will not place the dunes sagebrush lizard, a sand-dwelling reptile of the West Texas oil patch, on the lists of species requiring special protection, officials said Wednesday.  More »

World Health Organization unit says diesel fumes cause cancer

The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from “probable carcinogen” was an important shift.  More »

Houston Mayor backs EPA coal rule ahead of Senate vote

Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined dozens of other mayor who are supporting recent announced Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants.  More »

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says coal’s problems economic, not regulation

Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson said the coal industry’s problems involve the relative price of coal and natural gas, not her agency’s regulations.  More »

The Road to Rio

Many of you may have seen the recent publicity for the upcoming United Nations summit commonly known as Rio +20. The title refers to the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, which occurred in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. That meeting produced both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as a […]  More »

Republicans accuse ex-EPA official of ducking House hearing to meet with Sierra Club

“The fact that Dr. Armendariz was just blocks away and still refused to testify at our hearing raises even more questions. If he had time on his schedule to meet with the Sierra Club, it is even less clear why he was unable to fulfill his prior commitment to testify,” said Rep. Fred Upton.  More »

EPA sues India-based firm mining coal in Kentucky

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says coal companies owned by a massive India conglomerate ran illegal surface mines in eastern Kentucky that polluted waterways.  More »

Industry: EPA overstates pollution from gas production

The Obama administration overstated the greenhouse-gas emissions from unconventional natural-gas production, the American Petroleum Institute and the America’s Natural Gas Alliance said today in a study.  More »

‘Crucify’ comment prompts House inquisition

Al Armendariz, the EPA official who once joked about crucifying corporate polluters, may be in for a more modest form of torment this week at the hands of House Republicans.  More »

UN study foresees job gains with greener policies

Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide over the next two decades if nations took better care of the planet, according to a U.N. study released Thursday ahead of an international summit on sustainable development.  More »

Chevron sued in Canada by Ecuadorans over pollution

Ecuadorans who have waged a bitter legal battle against Chevron over pollution in the Amazon rain forest sued the company in Canada Wednesday in an attempt to seize $18 billion of the oil giant’s assets, after Chevron refused to pay a verdict against it in their homeland.  More »