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New York State First to Ban Fracking

New York State First to Ban Fracking

  ALBANY, New York, June 30, 2015 (ENS) – A statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was made official across New York State on Monday, nearly a year after communities won the right to ban oil and gas development...

 

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Mercury Emissions Rule

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Mercury Emissions Rule

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 30, 2015 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5–4 decision Monday struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first national standards for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The...

 

Taiwan’s Overseas Nuclear Reprocessing Plan Stalled

Taiwan’s Overseas Nuclear Reprocessing Plan Stalled

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 28, 2015 (ENS) – Taiwan Power Company, the state-owned utility that operates Taiwan’s three nuclear power plants, proposed a pilot project late last year to send 1,200 spent fuel bundles...

 

‘Don’t Nuke the Climate,’ Groups Warn Paris Negotiators

‘Don’t Nuke the Climate,’ Groups Warn Paris Negotiators

  PARIS, France, June 17, 2015 (ENS) – Clean energy groups from around the world Tuesday launched an anti-nuclear petition to world leaders in support of a “nuclear-free, carbon-free path” at the United Nations climate...

 

Nuclear Fuel Bank to Be Established in Kazakhstan

Nuclear Fuel Bank to Be Established in Kazakhstan

  VIENNA, Austria, June 13, 2015 (ENS) – International Atomic Energy Agency officials have approved an agreement with Kazakhstan to establish a reserve bank of low enriched uranium, LEU, in that Central Asian country. LEU is used...

 

Australia: ‘Road-Ready’ Fuels Made From Waste Plastic

Australia: ‘Road-Ready’ Fuels Made From Waste Plastic

  BERKELEY VALE, New South Wales, Australia, May 26, 2015 (ENS) – Australia’s first commercial-scale plant to convert waste plastics to “road-ready” fuel has produced its first batch. The facility will turn discarded...

 

Coal Ash Crimes Cost Duke Energy $102 Million

Coal Ash Crimes Cost Duke Energy $102 Million

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – Admitting guilt for a massive coal ash spill last year, three subsidiaries of Duke Energy, the largest utility in the United States, will pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million...

 

Hybrid Car Batteries Find New Life at U.S. National Park

Hybrid Car Batteries Find New Life at U.S. National Park

  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, May 18, 2015 (ENS) – The first-ever electricity generating system to use recovered hybrid vehicle batteries for commercial energy storage is up and running at Yellowstone National Park. Solar panels generate...

 

U.S. Approves Shell’s Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Plan

U.S. Approves Shell’s Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Plan

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2015 (ENS) – The Obama Administration today announced “conditional” approval of Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s plan for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea starting...

 

Bright Future for Utility-Scale Solar Power: MIT Report

Bright Future for Utility-Scale Solar Power: MIT Report

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 7, 2015 (ENS) – Solar energy on a grand scale could meet humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting carbon emissions, but lower-cost technologies and more effective government policies...

 

Tesla Debuts Rechargeable Solar-Powered Battery

Tesla Debuts Rechargeable Solar-Powered Battery

  HAWTHORNE, California, May 1, 2015 (ENS) – Tesla Motors, maker of luxury electric cars, is expanding to become the first manufacturer and distributor of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that store solar power for use in homes...

 

Oil Trains Ordered to Go Slow in Urban Areas

Oil Trains Ordered to Go Slow in Urban Areas

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2015 (ENS) – Responding to the unprecedented number of recent fiery oil train derailments, the U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued an Emergency Order requiring trains carrying large amounts...

 

Countries, Oil Companies Will Stop Routine Gas Flaring

Countries, Oil Companies Will Stop Routine Gas Flaring

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 17, 2015 (ENS) – For the first time, chief executives of major oil companies joined today with senior government officials from oil-producing countries in an agreement to end the practice of routine gas flaring...

 

Obama Vows to Cut Federal Greenhouse Gases 40 Percent

Obama Vows to Cut Federal Greenhouse Gases 40 Percent

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 22, 2015 (ENS) – President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to control the climate-warming greenhouse gases emitted by operations of the federal government. His climate-saving actions have inspired...

 

Duke Energy Hit With Record $25 Million Coal Ash Fine

Duke Energy Hit With Record $25 Million Coal Ash Fine

  RALEIGH, North Carolina, March 12, 2015 (ENS) – North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has handed Duke Energy Progress a record penalty for environmental damages. The utility was fined $25.1 million...

 

Swiss Plane Begins World’s First Solar Circumnavigation

Swiss Plane Begins World’s First Solar Circumnavigation

  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 10, 2015 (ENS) – Two Swiss pilots have begun the first-ever attempt to fly around the Earth in a plane powered only by the Sun. André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are taking turns piloting...

 

Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Ontario

Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Ontario

  GOGAMA, Ontario, Canada, March 9, 2015 (ENS) – Another Canadian National oil train derailed and caught fire early Saturday in Ontario near the town of Gogama, about 600 kilometers (372 miles) north of Toronto. It was the second...

 

Third N. American Oil Train Inferno in Three Weeks: Illinois

Third N. American Oil Train Inferno in Three Weeks: Illinois

  GALENA, Illinois, March 5, 2015 (ENS) – No injuries to people have been reported, but the environment in Illinois’ northwest corner was injured today after a BNSF Railway oil train from North Dakota derailed at about 1:20...

 

India Generates Enthusiasm for Financing Renewables

India Generates Enthusiasm for Financing Renewables

  NEW DELHI, India, February 18, 2015 (ENS) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a conference of investors in renewable energy from India and across the world that his government is emphasizing renewables to light the homes of millions...

 

Fireballs Erupt as CSX Oil Train Derails in West Virginia

Fireballs Erupt as CSX Oil Train Derails in West Virginia

  CHARLESTON, West Virginia, February 16, 2015 (ENS) – Balls of fire blasted into the sky and at least one railcar landed in the Kanawha River this afternoon as a CSX freight train carrying oil derailed near the town of Mount Carbon,...

 
 
 
 

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