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Posted By Lowell F. on February 21st, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/21/14).
- Climate Progress reports, “More than 1,000 doctors and other health care professionals are calling on President Obama to take steps to protect Americans from the risks posed by fracking.”
- Tom Steyer writes at CNN: “America cannot lead the fight on climate change abroad while allowing even more pollution to be produced in our own backyard. To truly be a global leader on climate change, President Obama must first make the right choices here at home. He must deny the Keystone XL pipeline.”
- DigiTimes reports, “According to a recent report from Navigant Research, cumulative installed wind power capacity in Brazil will reach 20.1GW by 2022, more than all the other nations of Latin America combined.”
- According to The Economist, “A way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream.”
- An new report by the World Wildlife Foundation finds that “[b]y embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 20th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/20/14).
- SeattlePI reports, “Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.”
- According to Bloomberg, the Nebraska ruling is “seen as setting back the [Keystone] project by as long as a year as U.S. officials consider approving it.”
- Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media writes that the U.S. smart thermostat market is “potentially massive.”
- Renewable Energy World has a “Postcard From the Future of Energy: Hawaii as a Solar Laboratory.”
- WRAL.com reports, “The federal inquiry into a spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River is expanding to other similar ponds throughout the state and to specific state employees, according to federal subpoenas obtained by WRAL News through a public records request.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 19th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/19/14).
- The Washington Post reports, “Climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyer, who hopes to funnel as much as $100 million into the 2014 elections, will tell Senate Democrats on Wednesday night that they can use opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline to bring voters over to their side this fall, according to one of his advisers.”
- According to DeSmogBlog, “as the race to exploit the vast amount of oil in the Monterey Shale heats up, environmentalists are warning that the state of California’s lax oversight of the controversial oil production practice known as fracking, especially when it occurs on offshore oil drilling platforms, could lead to another major disaster.”
- EcoWatch reports: “A week ago today an explosion at a Chevron Appalachia natural gas drilling site shook the town of Dunkard, PA. The ensuing fire burned for days and one missing worker has been presumed dead, according to CBS Pittsburgh…Reportedly, in an effort to smooth ties with residents affected by the blast, the Chevron Appalachia Community Outreach Team went door-to-door delivering gift certificates for free pizzas to about 100 homes.”
- Climate Progress profiles “The Family The Tar Sands Industry Wants To Keep Quiet.”
- The New York Times reports, “A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 18th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/18/14).
- The New York Times reports that a solar thermal “Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers.”
- Inside Climate News publishes the results of an “eight-month investigation into the public health consequences of unmitigated oil and gas industry sprawl in Texas.”
- According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “Global smart grid investment reached $14.9bn in 2013, up from the $14.2bn recorded in 2012, according to the latest authoritative figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China finished the year as the world’s largest smart grid market, exceeding the US in dollar investment for the first time as the North American market continued to slow.”
- The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to set new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles as part of an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”
- According to the Wall Street Journal, “Gigawatt Global Cooperatief, an American-Dutch solar power company, said Monday it has finalized financing needed to build Rwanda’s first commercial solar power plant.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 17th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/17/14).
- Climate Progress reports, “Attempting to draw attention to marine animals exposed to the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, scientists from both Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a study on Friday showing that oil spills are causing death-by-cardiac arrest in tunas and other types of fish.”
- According to Reuters, “American trade officials on Friday will take a first step on potentially extending import duties on Chinese solar energy products to also cover panels made with parts from Taiwan, in a case that could have a major impact on the fast-growing U.S. solar market.”
- Bloomberg reports, “India plans to start work on at least 2 gigawatts of solar farms in the year starting April that would nearly double its current photovoltaic capacity.”
- According to Tina Casey of Triple Pundit, “The trend toward low-cost solar power is nowhere near at an end.”
- The New York Times, “Secretary of State John Kerry urged Indonesia on Sunday to take steps to combat climate change, warning that failure to act would jeopardize the nation’s resources and damage its economy.”