Environment News


Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market


- For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance.

Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

BEIJING - Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

Portugal could block EU climate deal over connection target

BRUSSELS - Portugal warned on Wednesday it could block an EU plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other states at a summit this week reject a binding target for building cross-border power cables and pipelines.

Global Energy News 5:35am EDT

Indian capital braces for worst air quality this festive week

NEW DELHI - Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to "severe" levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, a government scientist said, leaving many at risk of respiratory problems.

21 Oct 2014

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.

Japan, World, Nuclear Power 12:15am EDT

U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change: envoy

WASHINGTON - The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

21 Oct 2014

U.S. Arctic envoy looks to 1970s New York for inspiration

WASHINGTON - As he contemplates dealing with crumbling shores, melting ice and other changes in the rapidly changing Arctic, Admiral Robert Papp looks back at the rough and tumble New York City of the 1970s for inspiration.

Global Energy News 21 Oct 2014

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

SAO PAULO - The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.

Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

SEATTLE - The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday.

U.S. 21 Oct 2014

Small avalanches hamper final search for Nepal storm survivors

KATHMANDU - Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said on Monday, as rescue crews began to scale back the hunt for survivors of a disaster that killed 40 people. | Video

World, 20 Oct 2014