CA to Secretary Salazar: No Offshore Drilling, More Renewable Energy
April 20, 2009 06:01 AM - , Triple Pundit
Last week, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, hosted the last of 4 public forums around the country to gather input on offshore drilling and offshore renewable energy development. Choosing to end in San Francisco means he is going back to Washington with a resounding â€œNoâ€ in his ears. â€œNoâ€ to offshore drilling and â€œYesâ€ to investing in renewable energy, and any other new green technology San Francisco start-ups can figure out.
First Wind Files Permit Application to Build a Proposed 51 Megawatt (MW) Wind Project in Maine
April 19, 2009 07:01 AM - Green Progress
First Wind today announced that it has filed a permit application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build a proposed 51 megawatt (MW) wind project in the town of Oakfield in Aroostook County. The proposed Oakfield Wind project will consist of up to 34 GE 1.5 MW turbines that can produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes. "Maine continues to foster the development of renewable energy, and we are excited to continue work to provide indigenous renewable and clean wind power,â€ said Matt Kearns, First Windâ€™s Vice President of Development for New England. â€œIn addition to its many environmental and renewable energy attributes, the Oakfield Wind project will offer significant economic benefits to the state, Aroostook County, and most importantly to the Oakfield community. We are looking forward to working with members of the community to advance this project."
EPA Finds Greenhouse Gases Pose Threat to Public Health, Welfare / Proposed Finding Comes in Response to 2007 Supreme Court Ruling
April 18, 2009 07:36 AM - U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
After a thorough scientific review ordered in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed finding Friday that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. The proposed finding, which now moves to a public comment period, identified six greenhouse gases that pose a potential threat. "This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations. Fortunately, it follows President Obamaâ€™s call for a low carbon economy and strong leadership in Congress on clean energy and climate legislation,â€ said Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. â€œThis pollution problem has a solution â€“ one that will create millions of green jobs and end our countryâ€™s dependence on foreign oil."
April 17, 2009 09:11 AM - Bryan Walsh, TIME
The Songhua river in northeastern China doesn't have the history of the Mekong, the spirituality of the Ganges or the sheer power of the Yangtze. But in November 2005, this 1,200-mile (2,000 km) waterway made headlines when a chemical plant in the Chinese city of Jilin spilled massive amounts of the toxic chemical benzene, creating a 50-mile (80 km) noxious slick.
Third-World Stove Soot Is Target in Climate Fight
April 17, 2009 06:51 AM - ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, The New York Times
"It's hard to believe that this is whatâ€™s melting the glaciers," said Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, one of the worldâ€™s leading climate scientists, as he weaved through a warren of mud brick huts, each containing a mud cookstove pouring soot into the atmosphere.
The World's Cleanest Countries
April 16, 2009 09:33 AM - Andy Stone, Forbes
The Environmental Performance Index, developed by Columbia and Yale Universities, ranks the environmental performance of 140 countries based on 25 categories ranging from air and water quality to biodiversity and the use of pesticides. This list looks at the top countries in each of six world regions and the ways in which each excel, as well as areas where the countries lag their peers.
EPA Publishes Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
April 15, 2009 03:15 PM - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the national greenhouse gas inventory, which finds that overall emissions during 2007 increased by 1.4 percent from the previous year. The report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007, is the latest annual report that the United States has submitted to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.
EPA Evaluates Ocean Acidification as a Threat to Water Quality Under Clean Water Act
April 15, 2009 06:45 AM - Miyoko Sakashita, Center for Biological Diversity
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced steps to protect U.S. waters from the threat of ocean acidification under the Clean Water Act. Today, EPA issued a notice of data availability to be published in the Federal Register that calls for information and data on ocean acidification that the agency will use to evaluate water-quality criteria under the Clean Water Act. The notice responded to a formal petition and threatened litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity that sought to compel the agency to impose stricter pH criteria for ocean water quality and publish guidance to help states protect American waters from ocean acidification. EPA's notice marks the first time that the Clean Water Act will be invoked by the agency to address ocean acidification.
Biomass energy 'could be harmful'
April 14, 2009 10:49 AM - BBC News
Biomass power - such as burning wood for energy - could do more harm than good in the battle to reduce greenhouse gases, the Britain's Environment Agency warns.
Chemical Firm Invista in Largest-ever Settlement for Self-Reported Environmental Violations
April 14, 2009 10:37 AM - Environmental Leader
After self-reporting environmental violations at 12 facilities in seven states, Invista will spend up to $500 million to correct the problems, on top of a $1.7 million civil penalty.