What You May Have Missed: Prominent Climate and Energy News Headlines From This Past Week

U.S. Initiatives:

June 10th, 2011

NASA to Launch Satellite for Critical Mapping Mission
CNN
“NASA is set to launch a satellite Friday, starting a three-year mission to help better understand climate change…The project will give scientists the information they need to better predict El Nino and La Nina tropical climate patterns in the Pacific.”

June 13th, 2011

Administration Announces Grid Modernization Initiatives to Foster a Clean Energy Economy and Spur Innovation
The White House
“The Obama Administration today announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.”

China:

June, 2011 Issue

Can China Go Green?
National Geographic
“No other country is investing so heavily in clean energy. But no other country burns as much coal to fuel its economy.”

June 8th, 2011

China’s CO2 emissions rose over 10 percent in 2010: BP
Reuters
“China’s carbon dioxide emissions rose 10.4 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year as it surpassed the United States as the world’s biggest energy consumer, data released by BP on Wednesday showed.”

Oil Production:

June 8th, 2011

IEA Laments OPEC Failure To Agree Oil Output Increase
Wall Street Journal
“The International Energy Agency said Wednesday it was disappointed that OPEC members were unable to agree on the need to increase oil supplies, and reiterated that it stands ready to ensure that markets are well supplied.”

June 9th, 2011

Hastings Floats Bill Aimed at Expanding National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska Production
The Hill Blog
“House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) unveiled draft legislation Thursday aimed at expanding oil and gas production in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA).”

Clean Energy Finance:

June 10th, 2011

BofA Merrill to Offer World Bank Green Bonds
Reuters
“Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday it would offer World Bank-backed green bonds to its wealth management clients, capturing returns from investments in low-carbon projects in emerging economies.”

Natural Gas/ Hydraulic Fracturing:

June 7th, 2011

NY Assembly Passes New Hydrofracking Moratorium (Public Broadcasting):
WNED Buffalo-Toronto
“The state Assembly passed legislation for the second time [June 6] that would extend New York’s moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.”

June 9th, 2011

Federal Fracking Panel Heavy With Industry Influence, Critics Charge
Huffington Post
“The Environmental Working Group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday seeking all correspondence and communications relating to the creation of a panel to review the environmental safety of hydraulic fracturing, which the group characterized as being stacked with industry representatives and devoid of representation of citizens in communities affected by gas drilling.”

 

 

What You May Have Missed:

Prominent climate and energy news headlines from this past week.

U.S. Initiatives:

June 10th, 2011

NASA to Launch Satellite for Critical Mapping Mission

CNN

“NASA is set to launch a satellite Friday, starting a three-year mission to help better understand climate change…The project will give scientists the information they need to better predict El Nino and La Nina tropical climate patterns in the Pacific.”

June 13th, 2011

Administration Announces Grid Modernization Initiatives to Foster a Clean Energy Economy and Spur Innovation

The White House

“The Obama Administration today announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.”

China:

June, 2011 Issue

Can China Go Green?

National Geographic

“No other country is investing so heavily in clean energy. But no other country burns as much coal to fuel its economy.”

June 8th, 2011

China’s CO2 emissions rose over 10 percent in 2010: BP

Reuters

“China’s carbon dioxide emissions rose 10.4 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year as it surpassed the United States as the world’s biggest energy consumer, data released by BP on Wednesday showed.”

Oil Production:

June 8th, 2011

IEA Laments OPEC Failure To Agree Oil Output Increase

Wall Street Journal

“The International Energy Agency said Wednesday it was disappointed that OPEC members were unable to agree on the need to increase oil supplies, and reiterated that it stands ready to ensure that markets are well supplied.”

June 9th, 2011

Hastings Floats Bill Aimed at Expanding National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska Production

The Hill Blog

“House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) unveiled draft legislation Thursday aimed at expanding oil and gas production in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA).”

Clean Energy Finance:

June 10th, 2011

BofA Merrill to Offer World Bank Green Bonds

Reuters

“Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday it would offer World Bank-backed green bonds to its wealth management clients, capturing returns from investments in low-carbon projects in emerging economies.”

Natural Gas/ Hydraulic Fracturing:

June 7th, 2011

NY Assembly Passes New Hydrofracking Moratorium (Public Broadcasting):

WNED Buffalo-Toronto

“The state Assembly passed legislation for the second time [June 6] that would extend New York’s moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.”

June 9th, 2011

Federal Fracking Panel Heavy With Industry Influence, Critics Charge

Huffington Post

“The Environmental Working Group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday seeking all correspondence and communications relating to the creation of a panel to review the environmental safety of hydraulic fracturing, which the group characterized as being stacked with industry representatives and devoid of representation of citizens in communities affected by gas drilling.”

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