Global Warming and Climate Change News

US fracking rules let drillers flare till 2015.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

US environment regulators said Wednesday they will give natural-gas and oil drillers more than two years of extra time to invest in equipment that slashes unhealthy air emissions from fracking wells, citing a lack of clean technology. [News Source]

EPA moves to curb fracking-linked pollution, gives grace period.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever regulations to curtail air pollution from natural gas wells that use a controversial production technique known as hydraulic fracturing, but gave the industry a three-year transition period to install technology to capture some of the worst pollutants. [News Source]

EPA orders air pollution controls for fracked gas wells.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Air pollution from thousands of natural gas wells that are "fracked" every year will be reduced under regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency issued on Wednesday. [News Source]

Oil companies get more time to capture emissions from wells.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency said that it will delay requirements for capturing emissions from oil and gas wells until 2015. But the agency will impose other requirements, including gas flaring, that reduce the release of smog-forming and toxic chemicals by 90 percent. [News Source]

EPA issues rules limiting air pollution from fracking.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

The Obama administration on Wednesday set the first-ever national standards to control air pollution and climate-altering gases from gas wells that are drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – but not without making concessions to the oil and gas industry. [News Source]

Oregon town weighs a future with an old energy source: Coal.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Coal companies have been seeking port access in the Northwest for well over a year, and they have had many setbacks. They were rejected outright by the Port of Tacoma, and they have met strong resistance elsewhere. But they have been welcomed in Boardman. [News Source]

Did climate change cause witch hysteria?
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

The Salem witch tragedy of 1692 took less than two years to play out. Yet 300 years later, explanations for how and why it happened are still coming, including a link to climate change. [News Source]

California clean-tech industry a venture capital darling.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Despite Solyndra's spectacular collapse, a report issued Tuesday suggests that California's clean-tech industry continues to thrive, soaking up more venture capital in 2011 than it did before the recession. [News Source]

U.S. Defense Department maps future climate turmoil in Africa.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Climate change is not (just) about prevention. Emissions from the past century guarantee climate change will continue far into the future, even if we stop them now. How its impacts play out around the world, however, are not well understood. The U.S. military, however, is not fond of surprises. [News Source]

Jellyfish thrive in adverse conditions, UBC study finds.
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Global warming, pollution and human activity in marine habitats are not generally regarded as good things – unless you’re a jellyfish. Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, researchers have found, in what is being billed as the first global study of the abundance of jellyfish. [News Source]

Tourism Alliance says Scottish wind farm claims are ‘hysterical.’
Thursday April 19th 2012, 10:00 AM

Claims that tourism will be damaged by wind farms are based on "emotion, hysteria and conjecture", an industry group has said. [News Source]