EU Committee Rejects Deal To Exempt Foreign Flights From CO2 Charges

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) voted on Wednesday to reject a deal to exempt long-haul flights from paying for carbon emissions until the end of 2016, aiming to prevent the European Union from bowing to foreign pressure. A preliminary decision ahead of a binding vote from Europe’s parliament, the vote raised … Read more

Exxon Valdez oil spill

Monday is the Exxon Valdez 25th anniversary – Spill still echoes in Prince William Sound

Oil spills are devastating for marine environments. 25 years on and the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill are still being felt, possibly more so than the Deepwater Horizon aftermath. The Exxon Valdez spill devastated the herring population, reductions in fish populations affect those livelihoods built on commercial fishing. The spill also killed large numbers of … Read more

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Tesla Chief Slams New Jersey For Barring Direct Car Sales

March 14 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc escalated its war of words with New Jersey on Friday, lambasting a regulatory change approved by the state earlier this week that bars the “green car” company from selling vehicles directly to the public. The electric car maker is now studying “judicial remedies” to fight the ruling, Chief Executive … Read more


Coal, Gas Or Nuclear? Power-Hungry South Africa Must Decide Now

Today’s technological advancements provide us the opportunity to think and plan beyond the now. No longer are we subject to yesterday’s ideas. The advancements in solar cell technology and nuclear reactors and the efficacy of wind turbines provides options and alternatives to fossil fuels that perhaps, as some analysts believe, only deregulation can truly embrace. With Eskom … Read more

Beyond The Hype, Keystone Would Yield Few Permanent Jobs

By Alistair Bell STEELE CITY, Nebraska, March 14 (Reuters) – In the heated debate over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the energy industry and lawmakers have predicted that the project could unleash an economic bonanza in the Midwest, and provide jobs for up to a half-million people. Kansas pipeline worker Jeremy Rippe knows … Read more

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Bid to stop Australian shark cull fails

Ecologically irresponsible decisions seem to be the norm when it comes to how we deal with sharks. Despite mounting evidence that Western Australia’s apparent solution is both ineffective and ecologically irresponsible, the WA government are continuing to push the policy. The cull is devised to reduce bather anxiety rather than provide a logical and effective solution. Despite … Read more