The last time the concentration of Earth’s main greenhouse gas reached this mark, horses and camels lived in the high Arctic. Seas were at least 30 feet higher—at a level that today would inundate major cities around the world. National Geographic, May 9, 2013 (Image)
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was even worse than BP wanted us to know.
Newsweek, By Mark Hertsgaard, April 23
“It’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” That’s what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the “floating hotel” where Griffin was feeding [...]
Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14
WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.
The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and [...]
Neal Stephenson is what most bloggers would wish to be, able to describe the shape that people want of things to come. His Snow Crash divined the natural result of computers, aging, inter-networking, combined with a decaying post-industrial and service economy. People would root themselves in imaginative virtual worlds, and seek to hit human nerves [...]
Imagine, for a moment, you could go completely off the grid, in terms of energy usage. Would you do it?
You may get the chance. In fact, it may be easier than you thought:
NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), the biggest power provider to U.S. utilities, has become a renegade in the $370 billion energy-distribution industry [...]
(WaPo) – Libya’s oil and gas sector, long the lifeblood of this desert nation, has made a startling recovery since the country’s bloody 2011 revolution.
Thanks to concerted efforts by the national oil company — and those of major foreign firms that have retained a leading role in Libya’s oil fields for decades — the [...]
(NYT) – Eni, the Italian energy giant, on Thursday sold China National Petroleum Corp. a 20 percent stake in its natural gas project off the coast of Mozambique, its largest gas discovery to date.
The $4.2 billion deal, still subject to approval by the authorities in Mozambique, reduces Eni’s share of the estimated $50 billion [...]
AFP, By Joe Mouzo and Katherine Haddon, March 5
London – What now for Venezuela in the wake of Chavez’s death?
According to the country’s constitution, elections must be held within 30 days and the speaker of the National Assembly takes over power on an interim basis. Before his death, Chavez had urged Venezuelans [...]
(Raw Story) – Eighteen-year-old Taylor Wilson has designed a compact nuclear reactor that could one day burn waste from old atomic weapons to power anything from homes and factories to space colonies.
The American teen, who gained fame four years ago after designing a fusion reactor he planned to build in the garage of his [...]
TransCanada CEO discussed federal review process with U.S. State Department on Thursday
CBC News, By Susana Mas, February 8
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline, trade, energy security, the environment, Iran, Syria and Mali, even hockey — were among the topics discussed when Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with newly appointed U.S. Secretary of [...]
Bloomberg, By Mark Drajem, February 6
Natural gas and oil production is the second-biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gases, the government said, emboldening environmentalists who say tighter measures are needed to curb the emissions from hydraulic fracturing.
In its second-annual accounting of emissions that cause global warming from stationary sources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [...]
Globe and Mail, By Paul Koring
Canada will begin a two-year stint at the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council amid a clamour of competing calls for leadership, as the ice recedes and the race heats up to extract resource riches while protecting a fragile and now-exposed environment.
While there’s near-unanimity that Canada will need [...]
Bryan Walsh outlines “how limited President Obama’s ability to deal with climate change really is”:
…China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world — combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China [...]
New York, NY – In press statements, Chevron has admitted it will pay at least $326,000 to a former disgraced Ecuador judge for false testimony designed to help the oil giant evade a $19 billion judgment against the company for the world’s worst oil contamination.
Last week the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, who won the judgment, [...]
By Paul Brown, Climate News Network
This piece originally appeared atClimate News Network.
LONDON—Burning fossil fuels for energy is a disastrous waste of natural resources preventing their use for the manufacture of fertilizer, medicines, clothing and other vital goods, according to a German think tank.
A study by the World Future Council, based in Hamburg, [...]