Monthly Archives: December 2012

The year in rainforests

Mongabay: 2012 was another year of mixed news for the world’s tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012. There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were undoubtedly overlooked in this review. If you feel there’s something we […] Read the original […]

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United Kingdom: Wettest year ends with downpours

Guardian: Hours of rain continued across much of the country on New Year’s Eve, from downpours in some parts to the merely miserable, meaning that as 2012 ended, Britain was on course for the wettest year since records began. The Met Office said just 46mm (1.8in) of rain by midnight would […] Read the original […]

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The Top 10 Energy Stories of 2012

Happy New Year’s to readers everywhere! Last week we posted a poll listing 15 of the major energy stories of 2012. Readers voted, and the Top 10 are presented below with a short narrative describing the story. 1. Revolution in US oil and gas production continues The fracking revolution in the US continued, […] Read the […]

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How Fracking Impacts Local Economies

EcoWatch: In addition to the environmental impacts of oil and gas production, including dangerous air and water contamination, and destruction of wildlife habitat, Natural Resources Defense Council is concerned about other impacts to communities that have been documented, such as increased crime, infrastructure burdens that require massive repair, and the […] Read the original post […]

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Focus on climate change could trigger energy industry shift

Sustainable Business Oregon: Suppose in the near future, emitting carbon gets a lot more expensive. It could happen if Congress ends its stalemate over global warming and passes a climate change bill that would penalize carbon pollution. It could come from the Environmental Protection Agency which already has taken […] Read the original post by […]

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2012: the year we did our best to abandon the natural world

Guardian: It was the year of living dangerously. In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial. I believe there has been no worse year for the natural world in the past half-century. Three […] Read the original […]

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When fracking came to suburban Texas

Guardian: The corner of Goldenrod and Western streets, with its grid of modest homes, could be almost any suburb that went up in a hurry – except of course for the giant screeching oil rig tearing up the earth and making the pavement shudder underfoot. Fracking, the technology that opened up […] Read the original […]

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Story of the Year: It’s Global Warming, Stupid

EcoWatch: My favorite headline of 2012 was “It`s Global Warming, Stupid,” which appeared on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek on Nov. 1, just days after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast. On the same day, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election for president. Bloomberg, having seen firsthand […] Read the original […]

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Ghana bans second-hand fridges

BBC: A ban on the import of second-hand refrigerators is coming into force in Ghana to reduce energy consumption and harm to the environment. Many old fridges contain chemicals called Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which damage the Earth’s ozone layer. Although these are already banned or being phased out, they are thought to be […] Read the […]

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Schwarzenegger Will Get Credit For Any Major US Climate-Change Law

The Atlantic: If the United States ever enacts a major climate-change law, it will owe a debt to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Strange as it sounds, the Austrian-born bodybuilder, former California governor, and movie star has flexed more legislative muscle on climate change than President Obama–who ran for office on the promise of […] Read the original […]

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