Energy

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 […]

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    New York’s Attorney General Files Intent to Sue EPA for Failing to Address Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

    New York’s Attorney General Files Intent to Sue EPA for Failing to Address Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

    EcoWatch A Cornell study released last year, lead by Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology Robert Howarth, was the first of its kind to study the global warming impact of natural gas extraction from shale deposits. The conclusion was that fracking releases up to 8 percent of the extracted methane directly into the atmosphere, and […]

    Watershed Victory Against Big Coal Nears in Illinois

    Watershed Victory Against Big Coal Nears in Illinois

    Jeff Biggers Photo courtesy of Shutterstock After waging a tireless six-year campaign in the historic Spoon River region of central Illinois, residents in the small town of Canton are celebrating a state hearing officer’s proposed denial of a permit to a rogue coal company for a devastating strip mine. While an appeal is still possible, […]

    Enbridge’s Proposal to Ship Tar Sands Oil Eastward Puts Ontario and Quebec Communities at Risk

    Enbridge’s Proposal to Ship Tar Sands Oil Eastward Puts Ontario and Quebec Communities at Risk

    Environmental DefenceGreenpeace CanadaNatural Resources Defense Council Pipeline giant Enbridge filed yesterday to seek approval to reverse its Line 9B pipeline to bring more dangerous tar sands oil eastward to Montreal for export. Groups in Canada and the U.S., including Environmental Defence, Greenpeace Canada and Natural Resources Defense Council, are calling on the Canadian National Energy […]

    Don’t Throw Wind Power Off the Fiscal Cliff—Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit

    Don’t Throw Wind Power Off the Fiscal Cliff—Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit

    Environment America As superstorm Sandy and its aftermath prompt more Americans to call for action tackling global warming, Environment America released a new report showing how current power generation from wind energy prevents as much global warming pollution as taking 13 million cars off the road each year. With the fiscal cliff and the expiration […]

    World Energy Outlook 2012—The Good, the Bad and the Really, Truly Ugly

    World Energy Outlook 2012—The Good, the Bad and the Really, Truly Ugly

    TomDispatch by Michael Klare Rarely does the release of a data-driven report on energy trends trigger front-page headlines around the world. That, however, is exactly what happened on Nov. 12 when the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) released this year’s edition of its World Energy Outlook. In the process, just about everyone missed its […]

    The Toxic Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons

    The Toxic Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons

    EcoWatch By Paul E McGinniss We all should be aware of the dangers posed by the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. The eight countries known to possess nuclear weapons have 10,000 plus nuclear warheads. And, especially post-Fukushima, we now understand firsthand the potential danger of nuclear power plants, many which are aging and highly vulnerable […]

    Four Arrested in Protest of Proposed Nuke Plant

    Four Arrested in Protest of Proposed Nuke Plant

    Greenpeace UK Protestors block the road leading into Hinkley Point in the UK where a proposed nuclear power station is to be built. Photo credit: Stop New Nuclear This morning, as the energy bill was making headlines in the UK, 10 people were setting up a non-violent blockade protesting the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power […]