Pollution

No-Fish area in Gulf expanded again
June 17, 2010 06:37 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The area of the Gulf of Mexico closed to fishing has been expanded again by NOAA to capture portions of the oil slick moving beyond the area’s current northern boundary, off the Florida panhandle’s federal-state waterline. This boundary was moved to Panama City Beach. The federal closure does not apply to any state waters. Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers.

BP agrees to $20 billion spill fund, cuts dividend
June 17, 2010 06:05 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

Under intense pressure from President Barack Obama, BP Plc agreed on Wednesday to set up a $20 billion fund for damage claims from its huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill and suspended dividend payments to its shareholders. The deal gave Obama his most tangible success since the crisis began 58 days ago and came after weeks of criticism of his handling of the disaster. It also eased U.S. pressure on BP, whose share price has withered amid uncertainty over the spill's cost to the British energy giant. Obama announced the agreement after White House officials held four hours of talks with BP executives, who emerged to offer an apology to the American people for the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Monitoring the Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth
June 16, 2010 11:28 AM - David A Gabel, ENN

Global Warming is caused by several factors such as the release of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. One solution to the problem is to capture the carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, and instead, deposit the CO2 into the ground. However, up to this point, scientists have been unable to effectively track how it might move underground. The desire is to get the CO2 in place and not have it move elsewhere and potentially cause problems. Now, with the advent of Electric Resistance Tomography (ERT), developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), tested by the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), and funded by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, sequestration of greenhouse gases may expand.

Gulf fishermen say Obama's words can't stop the oil
June 16, 2010 06:00 AM - Jeffrey Jones, Reuters

It's a familiar refrain in southern Louisiana since the oil spill began and after President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday, it was voiced once again: there is little he can do until the oil stops gushing. At the Black Velvet Oyster Bar and Grill in Buras, Louisiana, a popular watering hole for commercial and recreational fisherman, some patrons watched Obama's televised oval office speech intently. Others tuned out. The crisis has hammered the Louisiana seafood industry, with large areas now closed to fishing.

A big thank you to all who took the ENN user survey
June 15, 2010 04:30 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Thanks to all who took the time to take our user survey. We are analyzing the results and will consider some minor changes to ENN.com in the future. The results were overwhelmingly positive, so we are glad to know we are doing a pretty good job. Of course, there is always room for improvement. The results of the iPad drawing will be announced soon.

BP accused of repeated shortcuts
June 15, 2010 06:36 AM - Steve Holland and Kristen Hays, Reuters

Lawmakers accused BP Plc on Monday of repeatedly taking risky shortcuts on its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well, while President Barack Obama pushed the energy giant to compensate spill victims. Setting the stage for a showdown with BP executives at congressional hearings starting on Tuesday, two Democratic lawmakers said the British company chose faster and cheaper drilling options in the Gulf of Mexico that "increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure." The usually clubby oil industry may fragment in front of Congress as top executives from BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell argue that deepwater drilling is safe if proper procedure is followed.

Study: LEED Homes are Not Necessarily Less Toxic
June 14, 2010 08:41 AM - Susie Kim-Carberry

In a new study by Environment and Human Health, Inc. says that the current LEED system provides a false sense of security regarding the health and safety of its certified homes. A study conducted by the Connecticut based health-research non-profit released their results in LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health, "The purpose of this report is to evaluate the LEED program’s standards that many assume protect human health from environmental hazards within the built environment."

Kevin Costner’s Oil Extractor Ready to Take Action in the Gulf
June 14, 2010 07:02 AM - Karen Nelson, GreenTech TV, Matter Network

Kevin Costner, actor, musician and environmentalist is ready to help clean up the Gulf oil spill with a centrifuge device that is already in the Gulf waters, ready for action. Concerned about the short-term and long-term ramifications of oil spills in 1993, Costner procured a technology transfer from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory for a centrifugal oil-water separator. He subsequently founded Costner Industries (CINC) and committed the next 15 years, and over $20 million to fund the research efforts of team of scientists, product development, advocacy and outreach. The goal was to be a first line of defense in oil spill clean-up and recovery. The result is a rugged, compact portable device that uses centrifuge technology to separate oil from water.

Heat on BP to improve oil spill response
June 13, 2010 09:14 AM - Jeffrey Jones and Adrian Croft, Retuers

BP Plc faced renewed U.S. pressure on Sunday to do more to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as the United States and Britain played down diplomatic tensions over the crisis. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was up to the British energy giant, under pressure in the United States to suspend its dividend to help pay for the damage, to decide on its payout to shareholders. He also said that the British government was offering the United States large quantities of chemical dispersant to help clean up the spill. BP placed a containment cap on its blown-out seabed well this month, but oil continues to gush into the ocean, polluting beaches and wildlife habitats, killing marine life and threatening tourism and fishing.

New UN climate text under fire as talks end
June 12, 2010 08:04 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Rich and poor nations alike criticized a new blueprint for a U.N. climate treaty on Friday as two weeks of talks among 185 countries ended with small steps toward an elusive deal. A streamlined climate draft, meant to help talks on a new pact, cut out some of the most draconian options for greenhouse gas and dropped all references to "Copenhagen" -- where a U.N. summit in December fell short of agreeing a treaty. "The group is dismayed that the ... text is unbalanced," developing nations in the Group of 77 and China said in a statement. Several of them said the 22-page text wrongly put emphasis on greenhouse gas curbs by the poor, not the rich.

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