Energy

Koch-Funded Misinformation Campaign Aims to Derail Renewable Energy Growth

Koch-Funded Misinformation Campaign Aims to Derail Renewable Energy Growth

Union of Concerned Scientists Before the year is out, you will likely be subjected to a misinformation campaign about renewable energy brought to you by the Koch brothers and other large players in the fossil-fuel industry. The campaign is being spearheaded by a stealthy, Koch-funded lobby group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that […]

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    EPA Annual Report Shows Increase of Toxic Chemicals to the Environment

    EPA Annual Report Shows Increase of Toxic Chemicals to the Environment

    Earthworks [Editor’s note: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual Toxics Release Inventory report. The Toxics Release Inventory provides Americans with vital information about their communities, including certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land. Total releases of toxic chemicals in 2011 increased for the second year in a row. The […]

    Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy

    Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy

    World Wildlife Fund With discussions focusing on renewable energy at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week, a recently-released report from Calvert Investments, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that most of the world’s largest companies aren’t waiting on governments to embrace renewable energy and lower emissions. The report, Power Forward: […]

    Will the Mercury Treaty Negotiations Reduce Mercury Poisoning Around the World?

    Will the Mercury Treaty Negotiations Reduce Mercury Poisoning Around the World?

    Waterkeeper Alliance By Sharon Khan [Editor’s note: Waterkeeper Alliance‘s International Director Sharon Khan is attending the mercury treaty negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is providing live updates from the conference. For information regarding the mercury treaty negotiations, read Mercury Rising, Political Will Falling by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marc Yaggi, and the report Global […]

    Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction Impacts Future of Beluga Whales

    Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction Impacts Future of Beluga Whales

    Natural Resources Defense Council By Taryn Kiekow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center released last week its annual survey of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales—and the findings don’t bode well for belugas. The 2012 population estimate is 312. According to NOAA, this is a “small, but not scientifically significant increase over […]

    Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground Raising Grave Concerns of Drilling in the Arctic

    Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground Raising Grave Concerns of Drilling in the Arctic

    National Wildlife Federation By Miles Grant A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts hoists of the second of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in 15 to 20-foot seas 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City Saturday, Dec. 29. The Coast Guard was prompted to rescue the crew of […]

    Seattle Mayor Orders City to Divest from Fossil Fuels

    Seattle Mayor Orders City to Divest from Fossil Fuels

    350.org By Jamie Henn More than 2,000 people joined 350.org in Seattle on Nov. 7 to kick-off the “Do the Math” tour and nationwide divestment campaign. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent a letter to the city’s two chief pension funds last week, formally requesting that they “refrain from future investments in fossil fuel companies and […]

    Would You Like Soot With that Hot Dog?

    Would You Like Soot With that Hot Dog?

    EcoWatch By Paul E McGinniss Dirty, soot covered snow in Cony Island, New York. Photo courtesy e-arcades.com As a native New Yorker, I know soot. Talk to anyone in NYC and they will tell you they’ve wiped soot off their faces, window sills, car windows and picnic tables. Fortunately, on Dec. 14, the U.S. Environmental […]