World's energy markets stuck as China 'rebalances' its economy
U.S. coal and oil companies have enough on their minds trying to cut costs, protect cash flows and placate investors who keep glancing at the exits. That leaves very little time to contemplate the giant in the east: China, whose energy demand is shifting and setting it up as a wild card in world energy markets.
Big energy-storing batteries make rapid inroads in Europe to support power grid
Grid-scale battery storage solutions have arrived in Europe, despite a lingering controversy. No longer a distant dream, projects in Germany are already feeding energy into the grid, while in the United Kingdom and Italy, commercial projects are close to coming online.
Developing world is key driver of global spike in heat-trapping HFCs, study finds
A significant portion of the world's emissions of heat-trapping gases emitted by air conditioners, refrigeration and other applications comes from the developing world, finds a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Perplexing longtime allies, son of legendary environmentalist defends negotiations with chemicals industry
Staffers at Sen. Tom Udall's office are still unpacking boxes from a recent move from the senator's old digs just steps from the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and it's not the only way the two lawmakers have drifted apart this year. Udall's embrace of bipartisan chemical safety legislation, which he co-sponsored with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), has brought criticism from Boxer and other opponents, and has bewildered some of his traditional supporters, who count on him to uphold a long-standing family legacy of environmentalism.
Inhofe staff quashes rumors of senator's change of heart
Is Sen. James Inhofe changing his tune on climate change? An editorial that the Oklahoma Republican penned last week for CNN titled "Obama should embrace nuclear energy" has sparked rumors that he's going soft on his infamous disbelief in human-caused global warming.
In win for greens, DOJ withdraws appeal in CAFO case
The Department of Justice won't challenge a federal court ruling that the Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration violated environmental laws in providing loans to a large hog farm in northwest Arkansas.
Pulitzer shines spotlight on miners' plight
Composer Julia Wolfe's piece "Anthracite Fields" that won a Pulitzer Prize last week opens with a haunting, "chant like" recitation of the names of turn-of-the-century Pennsylvania coal miners.