Monthly Archives: April 2014

Keystone XL’s Emissions Versus Coal-Fired Power

Another Courageous Punt I hadn’t planned to write yet another Keystone XL pipeline article, but I have gotten a lot of questions since the recent announcement by the Obama administration that they are still unable to make a decision on the project. I agree with the Washington Post’s assessment of the situation, […] Read the original […]

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White House has not yet received EPA’s final rule 2014 ethanol mandates

Reuters: A spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said on Wednesday that the agency is not yet reviewing a final rule on 2014 biofuel blending requirements, quashing rumors the rule has been submitted for White House review. The agency in charge of the rule, the U.S. […] Read the original […]

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Supreme Court’s Pollution Ruling “a Victory for Obama Administration’

Guardian: The US supreme court endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to deal with air pollution blowing across state lines on Tuesday, in an important victory for the Obama administration as well as downwind states. The court’s 6-2 decision unblocks a 2011 rule requiring 28 eastern states to reduce power-plant emissions […] Read the original […]

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Can the U.S. & China Save the World From Climate Change?

Huffington Post: Determined to lead the charge against climate change, the U.S. and China have embarked on a fresh round of meetings aimed at setting their carbon emission targets ahead of next year’s all important climate talks. Renewed commitment by the world’s two largest emitters, have stoked hopes for a strong […] Read the original […]

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Test loopholes take gloss off Europe’s cleaner cars

Reuters: New cars sold in the European Union were four percent cleaner in 2013 than the previous year, data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed on Wednesday, although environmental campaigners said the improvement was exaggerated. The decline in carbon dioxide emissions from cars to an average of 127 […] Read the original post by […]

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Africa: UN Climate Chief Urges Greater Support for Developing Countries

allAfrica: Highlighting local climate action happening on the ground in developing countries, the top United Nations climate official today called for greater international support to help these communities harness local knowledge and ingenuity. “There is still a gap between intent and full implementation that will allow vulnerable countries to […] Read the original post by […]

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Renewable Hydrogen on the Big Island

The Big Island For the past five years, home for me has been on the northern end of the island of Hawaiʻi. For those unfamiliar with the Hawaiian islands, they consist of eight major islands. The biggest of these islands is the island of Hawaiʻi, also known as the “Big Island.” […] Read the original […]

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What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

National Geographic: As sea ice melts and the oil industry prepares to exploit the Arctic’s vast resources, the United States faces big gaps in its preparedness for an oil spill in the region, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Research Council (NRC). The 183-page report marks the first […] Read the original […]

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Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

Reuters: The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches. Scientists note that baby lobsters take eight years to reach harvestable […] Read the original post by […]

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Obama admin tightens coal dust rules to reduce black lung cases

Associated Press: The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease. “Today we advance a very basic principle: you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your life for your livelihood,” Labor Secretary Thomas E Perez said. […] Read the original […]

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