Senate Panel Approves Energy Bill
June 18, 2009 06:26 AM - JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska. The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week.

"Black Carbon" Chokes Chilean Towns
June 17, 2009 10:26 AM - Jane Zhou, Worldwatch Institute

Temuco, with a population of 300,000, has the fourth most polluted air in the country, according to local media. The burning of firewood for heating, cooking, and other uses is the main source of soot particulates, known as "black carbon," that enter the air at levels 150 percent higher than the national standard and more than four times the World Health Organization's recommended limit.

Scientists Debate Shading Earth As Climate Fix
June 17, 2009 07:23 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Engineering our climate to stop global warming may seem like science fiction, but at a recent National Academy of Sciences meeting, scientists discussed some potential geoengineering experiments in earnest.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
June 16, 2009 06:29 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Federal government released a major report today. The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. The report is the work of 12 federal agencies including the EPA, DOD,COMMERCE, NASA, and others.It’s written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

Mounting evidence shows native grasses could destroy explosives pollution
June 16, 2009 11:26 AM - Scott Canon, The Kansas City Star

Besides the obvious reason, TNT is not good for you. But grass, it turns out, might be dynamite for the problem.

Target Sued for Allegedly Dumping Hazardous Waste in Calif. Landfills
June 16, 2009 09:47 AM - GreenBiz Staff

California’s attorney general and 20 district attorneys filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. today that accuses the retailer of dumping pesticides, propane canisters and other hazardous waste in local landfills.

Major shift in US climate policy sparks hope for global treaty

The United States is no longer insisting that China and other large developing countries must make cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions under proposals tabled by the Obama administration for a new global treaty to combat climate change. In a major shift in US policy, reflecting the views of President Obama, Dr Jonathan Pershing who was in Beijing this week for talks with Chinese officials made it clear that this would not require countries such as China to make cuts, merely to carry out actions .

Water in Africa – Business turns on the tap

Business is stepping in where governments fail to provide clean water in Africa, with Coca-Cola, SABMiller and major platinum miners leading the way. A world running short of water is presenting a new category of risk to businesses that few have begun to appreciate. That was the warning from campaigner WWF and noted research body the Pacific Institute, at the World Water Forum in Istanbul in late March.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trending Below Record 2007 Melt
June 14, 2009 11:16 AM - Dan Shapley, The Daily Green

The annual melting of Arctic sea ice is trending toward another record-low. While it's still too early to say whether the 2009 melt will exceed the record 2007 melt -- the annual low-point isn't reached until September -- the trend line for 2009 for the first time has dipped below 2007, according to the latest data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Clean Coal power project back on the burner
June 13, 2009 07:43 AM - Jasmin Melvin, Reuters

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Friday plans to restart the country's first clean coal power project, scrapped by the previous Bush administration as too expensive. Under an agreement with the non-profit FutureGen Alliance, the Energy Department will take the first steps toward developing the first U.S. commercial scale-carbon capture and storage project, to be located in Mattoon, Illinois.

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