Professor tries for double play in toxic tort case before Supreme Court
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- When John Korzen makes his Supreme Court debut next week, it will mark one of the few times in recent memory that a law school professor has argued before the justices. Korzen represents two dozen landowners seeking damages for environmental contamination in Asheville, N.C. The Wake Forest University professor will be going toe to toe with tough opponents -- an attorney from a global law firm and the Department of Justice, which has intervened on the side of the alleged polluter.
Meet the tiny fish at the heart of Calif.'s latest water battles
The delta smelt has an unfortunate name; it's easy to say with a sneer. The fish is also quite puny -- 2 to 3 inches, on average -- and physically weak. It can't swim very well. All these traits make a creature easy to pick on. So it's no surprise that people have seized on the smelt as the unwelcome party in California's latest drought.
Gaps linger between clean energy and bond market support -- report
Bonds. Green bonds. Although the concept is far from sexy, some policy and finance experts argue that traditional bond finance could be the hero that saves the clean energy industry from fickle federal subsidies, low natural gas prices and post-recession banks that balk at issuing commercial loans.
With white papers, EPA takes first step on a set of potentially far-reaching regulations of methane
U.S. EPA yesterday took a first step toward what could become a new set of regulations governing emissions of methane from oil and gas operations.
Renewable energy rises, but IPCC authors warn that nuclear power must also rise to replace fossil fuels
Over the past decade and a half, countries around the world have taken unprecedented steps to shift their energy dependence from fossil fuels to alternative resources, yet carbon emissions from the energy sector continue to rise. The energy supply sector is the largest single contributor to human-caused global warming, and if the world hopes to head off potentially dangerous temperature rises, emissions from the sector will have to be sharply curtailed by midcentury, scientists say.
Minn. regulators revisit how federal carbon rules will affect electricity costs
Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission will take another shot this week at anticipating how and when federal regulation of carbon dioxide emissions will affect the cost of generating electricity in the state.
Safety issues swirl around Cove Point expansion project
Residents of the Lusby, Md., community near Dominion Resources Inc.'s Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal are pressuring state and federal regulators to complete new risk assessments and consider worst-case accident scenarios, pointing to a recent explosion at an LNG facility in Plymouth, Wash., as evidence of unrecognized project hazards.