Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.18.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


NASA May anomaly hints 2014 will be hottest year on record (via InsideClimate News)

World’s energy systems vulnerable to climate impacts, warns report (via The Guardian)


Japan, India near carbon offset deal (via Reuters)

US clean power plan exempts major CO2 emitters (via Climate Central)

Poll shows majority of Americans back Obama’s push to reduce carbon emissions (via Huffington Post)


Canada approves Northern Gateway oil pipeline despite protests (via Houston Chronicle)


China’s solar target crucial for the global industry (via South China Morning Post)

Solar home market begins to capture mainstream buyers (via ClimateWire)


Icebergs take a bite out of Antarctic biodiversity (via Los Angeles Times)

Obama proposes vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine life sanctuaries (via Washington Post)

Arizona could face cutbacks in Colorado River water, say officials (via New York Times)

Two California state fish hatcheries evacuated amid drought, rising temperatures (via Los Angeles Times)

Growing number of walkable urban areas signals “the end of sprawl” – report (via ClimateWire)


Exxon chief hails Russia plans alongside sanctioned Rosneft CEO (via Bloomberg)

North Dakota oil production tops 1 million-barrels-a-day milestone (via Star-Tribune)

The new oil crisis: Exploding trains (via Politico)


Microgrid sales rise alongside qualms about the power grid (via Los Angeles Times)


Europe’s swollen gas reserves guard against repeat of 2006 crisis (via Bloomberg)


Obama’s coded climate politics (via National Journal)

The Kochs are cooking up a new dirty-energy political scheme (via Grist)


Like Keystone in the U.S., Canada’s pipeline to the Pacific is high-voltage politics (via InsideClimate News)

Obama is betting his environmental legacy on Hillary Clinton (via National Journal)

Why Cantor’s downfall is bad news for EPA (via National Journal)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.28.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


IPCC report: Climate change felt “on all continents and across the oceans” (via The Guardian)

Sinking island nations battle tides of climate change (via Deutche Welle)

Facing rising seas, Bangladesh confronts climate change consequences (via New York Times)


Environmentalists debate impacts of LNG exports on global warming (via Greenwire)

Fracking the USA: New map shows 1 million oil, gas wells (via Climate Central)

Report says each Marcellus gas well costs thousands in road damage (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)


2013: Renewable energy’s best of times, worst of times (via CleanTechnica)

Future of Chile’s energy sector lies with renewables, shows new report (via Renewable Energy World)

Wind power “could yield €8.3 billion” for Ireland (via Recharge)

As solar prices fall, wind still finds a role in microgrids (via Navigant Research)

New US wind power projects fall 93% in 2013 (via The Hill)

As net metering battles move to small markets, solar advocates claim early victories (via Energy Collective)

Solar “net metering” extended by California regulators (via San Francisco Chronicle)

California utility PG&E exceeds 20% renewable energy standard (via Greentech Media)

BOEM to hold competitive Maryland offshore wind energy lease auction this summer (via Recharge)

Waste-to-energy could help Wisconsin expand sustainable energy (via Journal-Sentinel)

Kansas flirts with repeal of renewable energy standard (via EnergyWire)

Virginia awards $860,000 in offshore wind research (via Virginian-Pilot)


RGGI announces 2015 CO2 allocation (via Environmental Leader)


One year after Exxon’s Arkansas spill, basic questions still unanswered (via InsideClimate News)


EVs, plug-ins already saving 45 million gallons of gasoline per year in US (via Autoblog Green)


North Carolina inspectors failed to notice crack before coal ash spill (via The Guardian)


Water, wildlife surge back into once-parched Colorado River delta (via Los Angeles Times)

US lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened, energy groups wary (via Reuters)


Ohio GOP drafts plan to freeze state’s renewable, energy efficiency rules (via Columbus Dispatch)

Indiana governor lets energy efficiency program expire (via Indianapolis Star)


Can evolution outrace climate change? (via FiveThirtyEight)

Spring training, and Spring, starting way earlier than usual (via Bloomberg)

Three utilities most likely to fall in death spiral, via Morningstar (via Forbes)

How distributed energy resources affect US capacity markets (via Solar Industry)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.6.14

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


China to boost spending on water conservation projects in 2014 (via Bloomberg)

New Year ushers in changing of the guard for green groups (via National Journal)

Colorado River drought forces painful reckoning for states (via New York Times)


Lux Research: Australia best positioned to be next big shale play; then China and Argentina (via Green Car Congress)

Natural gas boom spurs methanol rush (via Houston Chronicle)

US EPA unlikely to step up fracking enforcement efforts for now (via Reuters)

State regulators wary of releasing fracking data while feds rein in oversight (via National Journal)

Several states confirm water pollution from drilling (via AP)


Spain’s solar pullback threatens pocketbooks (via New York Times)

China pledges further support for solar industry (via Reuters)

India delays solar auction bid deadline for second time (via Bloomberg)

Report: Net metering rollbacks will not impact US solar markets in 2014 (via Solar Industry Magazine)

Public attitudes toward cleantech sectors have rebounded (via Renew Grid)

Five PACE programs to watch in 2014 (via Greentech Media)

California’s sizzling solar busts through 3GW (via EarthTechling)

Despite blizzards, temperatures rising in Colorado over rooftop solar energy (via Forbes)

Maine governor tries again to cut state’s renewable energy standard (via Bangor Daily News)

Ohio Clean Energy Initiative has significant support in state, finds poll (via Renew Grid)


Plug-in electric car sales for 2013 nearly double 2012 (via Green Car Reports)

Auto sales: Here’s what buyers coveted and shunned in 2013 (via Los Angeles Times)

Nissan Leaf ends 2013 with best sales month ever, but can’t catch Chevy Volt (via Autoblog Green)


Dirtiest coal’s rebirth in Europe flattens medieval towns (via Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Environmentalists win a round in coal dust lawsuit versus railroad company (via Bellingham Herald)


30% of Europe’s fossil fuel power capacity to close by 2017 (via CleanTechnica)

Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to US or Canadian governments (via Grist)

How to cut cloud computing’s carbon emissions (via Environmental Leader)


House puts reforming EPA regulatory process on January agenda (via The Hill)

Do US biofuel subsidies speed up oil production? (via Midwest Energy News)


Lights out for the light bulb battle? (via Politico)

Why is California’s efficiency program struggling to gain traction? (via Greentech Media)


With a bit of luck, the US could actually hit its 2020 climate change goals (via Washington Post)

Obama’s second term is all about climate change (via New York Magazine)

Crude debate: Should Washington, DC lift oil export ban? (via National Journal)

Green energy battle flares over “60 Minutes” report (via National Journal)

What 60 Minutes got right and wrong in its story on the “cleantech crash” (via GigaOm)

The Congressman who went off the grid (via Politico)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.19.13

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


UN panel finds humans 95% likely cause of climate change (via The Hill)

More frequent heat waves by 2020 “almost certain” (via Climate Central)

Global flood damage could exceed $1 trillion annually by 2050 (via Mother Jones)

Climate change brings another flood onslaught in Pakistan (via Pakistan Daily Times)

Worst Colorado River drought in century prompts feds to cut Lake Powell releases (via Deseret News)

Many Floridians face rising tide of flood insurance costs (via Sun Sentinel)


Interior Department says Keystone XL could harm parks, wildlife (via The Hill)

TransCanada acknowledges tar sands crude could sink if spilled (via EnergyWire)

Steyer launches $1 million anti-Keystone XL ad push (via The Hill)


Despite slowdown, China to hold wind power market leadership to 2020 (via Renewable Energy World)

Czech lawmakers axe renewable energy support (via Recharge)

European climate policy drives wood pellet boom in North Carolina (via News Observer)

New hydropower laws could add 60GW of clean energy to US grid (via CleanTechnica)

Investors welcome new environmental standards for solar (via BusinessGreen)

Energy cane “could yield five times more ethanol than corn” (via Environmental Leader)

Texas claims cheapest solar installations as prices drop nationwide (via Houston Chronicle)

California Solar Initiative aims to preserve project resources as funding ends (via Energy Manager Today)


Australia’s carbon markets to survive federal election (via Bloomberg)

California to discuss additional compliance options for cap-and-trade program (via Bloomberg BNA)

Waste carbon dioxide could be used as energy (via RTCC)


Shale gas company halts fracking at British site (via New York Times)

Shale grab in US stalls as falling values repel buyers (via Bloomberg)

Methane leakage from Utah gas rigs higher than EPA estimates (via RTCC)

Aubrey McClendon is back, with deals in the Utica (via Forbes)


Sweden named “most sustainable country in the world” (via BusinessGreen)

Auto manufacturers aim to produce vehicles at sustainable facilities (via Energy Manager Today)

Investors slow to embrace sustainability, Accenture says (via Environmental Leader)

US rare earths mining rush enters its “survival moment” (via Greenwire)


Shale gas and oil production soaring in 2013 (via Houston Chronicle)

Experts clash on estimates of oil spilled into Gulf (via Houston Chronicle)


America’s new vehicles are more fuel efficient than ever (via Greentech Media)

Electric car charging at work: The next big push (via Green Car Reports)

Is Tesla Model S the best way to sell politicians on EVs? (via Green Car Reports)

Hybrids take 7% of California market in 1H 2013; PHEVs 0.7%, EVs 1.1% (via Green Car Congress)


USGBC report highlights growth in green building industry (via Bloomberg BNA)

Arizona hosts world’s largest net-zero energy building (via CleanTechnica)


UK’s first large-scale battery storage project goes live (via Renew Grid)

Designing grid batteries to live long and prosper (via Greentech Media)

Distributed generation grabs power from centralized utilities (via Forbes)

Trees vs. transmission: Utility arborist seeks better approach (via Midwest Energy News)


EIA publishes state fact sheets on residential energy consumption and characteristics (via US EIA)

Smart windows just got a lot smarter at saving energy (via Breaking Energy)

How much is a Nest thermostat worth? (via Breaking Energy)


We’ve covered the world in pesticides – is that a problem? (via Washington Post)

In West’s expanding tinderbox, questions about development (via Stateline)

10,000 homes threatened as Idaho wildfire spreads to 92,000 acres (via NBC News)

Bare trees are a lingering sign of Hurricane Sandy’s high toll (via New York Times)


The future China chooses will dictate the future of Earth (via The Guardian)

Can climate science be rendered conservative-friendly? (via Grist)

Can hacking the stratosphere solve climate change? (via NPR)

Could suburbs become the future of renewable energy? (via ClimateWire)

Is Washington in a “post-policy era”? (via Washington Post)

Obama Administration rushes to expand fracking on public lands despite frightening evidence (via Climate Progress)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.28.13

A daily roundup of the most important energy, environment, and climate news from around the world.


Britain calls for EU target to halve emissions by 2030 (via The Independent)

California’s third cap and trade auction sells out at record price (via CleanTechnica)


Rail picks up steam as a way to move crude (via Houston Chronicle)


Better Place announces bankruptcy, board “stands by original vision” (via Autoblog Green)

What Better Place’s bankruptcy tells us about the future of electric cars (via Washington Post)


Europe-China solar trade talks end bitterly (via New York Times)

Russia approves 6GW renewables plan (via Recharge)

Brazil prepares for 2014 World Cup with 7 solar stadiums (via Renewable Energy World)