New EPA Review Prompts Anxiety Over Mining Jobs
April 1, 2009 09:18 AM - Scott Finn, NPR

A federal judge in West Virginia issued a ruling Tuesday that dealt another blow to the controversial mining practice known as mountaintop removal. The process involves blasting away the tops of mountains to expose coal seams underneath. The resulting tons of rock and dirt are typically dumped into valleys and streams. U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in Charleston blocked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing so-called "nationwide" permits, which streamline the process of getting permission to mine. Goodwin also ruled that more detailed plans for each individual mine must be submitted before permits are approved.

Airlines to fly less, and pollute less, in downturn
March 31, 2009 09:10 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Airlines will reduce their carbon emissions by nearly 8 percent this year as they slash the number of flights they operate in line with a drop in both cargo and passenger demand, executives said on Tuesday.

U.S. seeks emissions-control zone around ports
March 31, 2009 08:19 AM - The Associated Press

The United States has applied to the International Maritime Organization to create a 230-mile emissions control zone around the nation's coastline, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday.

'Halo effect' explains brightest patches of sky
March 31, 2009 06:28 AM - Nora Schultz

Every cloud has a silver lining, the saying goes, but as it turns out, it's more of a giant halo.

Limited Damage Seen from Naantali Oil Spill
March 30, 2009 09:47 AM - YLE

The effects of Sunday's oil spill near Naantali, south-west Finland, will not be as bad as feared, say experts.

Fish Oils Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Flatulent Cows
March 30, 2009 06:09 AM - ScienceDaily

The benefits to animals of omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils have been well documented – helping the heart and circulatory system, improving meat quality and reducing methane emissions.

Microbes In Mud Flats Clean Up Oil Spill Chemicals
March 29, 2009 09:46 PM - ScienceDaily

Micro-organisms occurring naturally in coastal mudflats have an essential role to play in cleaning up pollution by breaking down petrochemical residues.

MSU part of $79 million study on storing greenhouse gases emissions underground
March 29, 2009 07:36 PM - KARL PUCKETT, Great Falls Tribune

Lee Spangler holds up a small sandstone rock that he says could suck up carbon dioxide like a sponge. Rocks like this could play an important role in the fight against climate change, he says. At the same time, the technology could help out the coal industry, one of the biggest emitters of CO2.

White House Announces International Meetings to Address Energy and Climate Issues
March 29, 2009 07:50 AM - ANDREW C. REVKIN, The New York Times

The Obama administration announced Saturday that it had organized a series of meetings among representatives of 16 countries and the European Union to discuss energy and climate issues.

Volcano plumes spin up a storm
March 28, 2009 03:03 PM - New Scientist

VOLCANOES have more in common with monster thunderstorms than we thought. Their plumes swirl like cyclones, which could explain why they have been seen spawning tornadoes and sheet lightning.

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