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California Approves New Wind Power Transmission Lines, Solar Roofs

Article: California Approves New Wind Power Transmission Lines, Solar Roofs

California energy regulators have approved Southern California Edison’s request to construct a 173 mile long electricity transmission line to bring wind power generated in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area in Kern County to Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

U.S. Supports $100 Billion Climate Fund for Poor Nations

Article: U.S. Supports $100 Billion Climate Fund for Poor Nations

The United States made a move to save the contentious UN climate talks in Copenhagen from failure today. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States is prepared to work with other countries toward a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the climate change needs of developing countries.

Biden Announces $5 Billion Tax Credit for Clean Energy Manufacturing

Article: Biden Announces $5 Billion Tax Credit for Clean Energy Manufacturing

At a Middle Class Task Force meeting today which focused on manufacturing, Vice President Joe Biden announced the administration’s support for up to $5 billion in additional funding for a successful Recovery Act program that will accelerate job growth in Clean Energy Manufacturing.

Grand Canyon Sandbar Restoration Planned With High Water Flows

Article: Grand Canyon Sandbar Restoration Planned With High Water Flows

The Department of the Interior will undertake an experimental initiative to improve the management of Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River as it flows through Grand Canyon National Park, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Thursday during the Colorado River Water Users Association conference.

Youth Actions Command Attention at Climate Summit

Article: Youth Actions Command Attention at Climate Summit

Chanting “Our future, our future,” wearing bright orange t-shirts reading, “How Old Will You Be In 2050?” over 1,000 young people from countries around the world captured the attention of the world leaders, media, nongovernmental organizations, and delegates Thursday at the United Nations climate conference here in Copenhagen.

Senators of Three Political Stripes Propose Climate Bill Framework

Article: Senators of Three Political Stripes Propose Climate Bill Framework

Three U.S. senators – a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent – today released their framework for climate change and energy independence legislation in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen next week to participate in the United Nations climate change conference.

Forest Service Aims $40 Million at Bark Beetle Control

Article: Forest Service Aims $40 Million at Bark Beetle Control

The U.S. Forest Service will receive $40 million more to address public safety concerns and forest health needs arising from the millions of acres of dead and dying trees killed by bark beetles in the West, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced Tuesday.

Huge Alaska Oil Spill Blamed on Ice Plugs

Article: Huge Alaska Oil Spill Blamed on Ice Plugs

Ice plugged an inactive pipeline, causing it to burst, officials said Tuesday in an attempt to explain how 46,000 gallons of crude oil spewed onto the tundra near a BP Exploration processing center at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope

The Case of the Stolen Climate Emails

Article: The Case of the Stolen Climate Emails

On Tuesday, November 17, the webmail server at the University of East Anglia was hacked and a file including over 1,000 emails sent from or sent to members of the Climatic Research Unit at the university was stolen. The emails were posted on several public websites, although the breaking into of computers and releasing private information is illegal, and posting private correspondence without permission is unethical.

India Pledges to Reduce Carbon Intensity

Article: India Pledges to Reduce Carbon Intensity

India will never accept legally binding emission cuts at Copenhagen, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told Parliament Thursday, but he did say the government plans to reduce India’s level of “emission intensity” by 20 to 25 percent compared with 2005 levels.

Purdue University Will Test Alternative Fuels for Aircraft

Article: Purdue University Will Test Alternative Fuels for Aircraft

Purdue University will operate a new federally funded facility to test aircraft engines and develop alternative fuels for aircraft in an effort to reduce U.S. reliance on imported oil.

Schwarzenegger Issues California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Article: Schwarzenegger Issues California Climate Adaptation Strategy

California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy, the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-sector analysis of its kind, was released Wednesday. Developed in response to a 2008 executive order from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the strategy is intended to strengthen the state’s management of global warming impacts such as sea level rise, increased temperatures, shifting precipitation and extreme natural events.

Toxic Toys Test High for Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, or Mercury

Article: Toxic Toys Test High for Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, or Mercury

One-third of the nearly 700 children’s toys tested by a nonprofit organization this holiday season contained one or more toxic chemicals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.

China Pledges Climate Emissions Cuts, Premier Wen Bound for Copenhagen

Article: China Pledges Climate Emissions Cuts, Premier Wen Bound for Copenhagen

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the United Nations’ climate summit in Copenhagen next month, the government of China announced today.

United States and India Embark on a Green Partnership

Article: United States and India Embark on a Green Partnership

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today reaffirmed the global strategic partnership between the United States and India and launched a new and greener phase in their relationship.

Tennessee Reinforces Dams Against Extreme Weather

Article: Tennessee Reinforces Dams Against Extreme Weather

The Tennessee Valley Authority, TVA, is raising the elevation of four of its dams to help reduce the risk of flooding in the event of precipitation more extreme than any ever recorded in eastern Tennessee.

Census of Ocean Depths Reveals Hundreds of New Species

Article: Census of Ocean Depths Reveals Hundreds of New Species

“The deep sea is the Earth’s largest continuous ecosystem and largest habitat for life. It is also the least studied,” says Dr. Chris German of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, one of 344 scientists from 34 nations working to identify deep sea creatures for the Census of Marine Life.

Senate delays climate bill to focus on health care

Article: Senate delays climate bill to focus on health care

Senator Harry Reid, the Democrat majority leader, has put off Senate debate on climate change legislation until next spring, weakening hopes for a strong international climate change agreement in Copenhagen in December.

California's new TV energy efficiency standards highest in the world

Article: California's new TV energy efficiency standards highest in the world

The California Energy Commission Thursday unanimously adopted the world’s highest TV energy efficiency standards. The standards will make new TVs 30 to 50 percent more efficient and represent the first regulation of energy efficiency by a state government.

Energy-Saving Tips For Greener, Less Costly Holidays

Article: Energy-Saving Tips For Greener, Less Costly Holidays

During the holiday season, energy saving tips from utilities and public agencies abound. ENS staffers have compiled a list of the best tips for saving energy and saving money while enjoying the holidays.

Trout may be killed to save California yellow-legged frogs

Article: Trout may be killed to save California yellow-legged frogs

National Park Service officials in California are about to decide how to kill non-native trout to save critically endangered native yellow-legged frogs. How to eradicate the trout has generated a controversy among environmental groups.

New Surface Mining Chief Cracks Down on Mountaintop Removal, Valley Fills

Article: New Surface Mining Chief Cracks Down on Mountaintop Removal, Valley Fills

The U.S. Department of the Interior is taking immediate actions to strengthen its oversight of state surface coal mining programs. The agency will issue federal regulations to better protect streams affected by surface coal mining operations, such as mountaintop removal mining, Interior officials announced today.

Chevron sitting in environmental hotseat

Article: Chevron sitting in environmental hotseat

American oil-giant, Chevron, has been battling against a 27 billion dollar court ruling from an Ecuadorian court that finds the company was guilty of damaging the environment with its oil drilling operations in the country.

Two More Suits Filed in Legal War Over Bay-Delta Smelt

Article: Two More Suits Filed in Legal War Over Bay-Delta Smelt

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed two lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect two critically imperiled San Francisco Bay-Delta fish species, the longfin smelt and delta smelt.

Obama and Hatoyama Pledge 'Success' at Copenhagen Climate Summit

Article: Obama and Hatoyama Pledge 'Success' at Copenhagen Climate Summit

Meeting for the first time on Japanese soil, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack Obama today committed their governments to “a new era in the global fight against climate change” by shifting to low-carbon growth and achieving “a successful outcome” at the UN climate conference next month.