Archives for February 2014

Environmental agency moves to block Alaska’s Pebble mine

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators moved on Friday to block development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, which could be one of the largest copper projects in the world, citing potential “irreversible harm” to the state’s salmon fishery.




Reuters: Environment

9 High-Tech Shoes Step Into the Future: Photos

Radical shifts in shoe design are just around the corner.
Discovery News

Electric cars and the grid

Car owners in the United States last year bought more than 96,000 plug-in electric cars, a year-on-year increase of 84 percent from 2012. However, this growing fleet will put a lot of new strain on the nation’s aging electrical distribution systems, like transformers and underground cables, especially at times of peak demand — in the evening when people come home from work.
ENN: Top Stories

Bizarre Orbit of Weird-Looking Asteroid’s Moon Revealed

If you had to imagine the weirdest-looking space rock, you might imagine the form of asteroid 624 Hektor — its moon is also an oddity. Continue reading →
Discovery News

Planners’ pension funds set to win from fracking permissions

Two Councils at the front line of fracking protests – Greater Manchester and West Sussex – have pension funds investing in the major fracking operators – while decisions on planning applications to frack are pending.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

The US Navy knew: Fukushima’s ‘hard rain’ on USS Ronald Reagan

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its ‘3/11’ meltdowns and explosions.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

Group offers plan to meet new EPA power plant emission rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swapping power generated from the dirtiest coal plants with that from under-used natural gas plants would help U.S. states meet new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, according to a plan released by an environmental group on Thursday.


Reuters: Environment

Potential new source of renewable energy found in humidity

A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbors.
ENN: Top Stories

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

It’s easy to mix up green sea urchins and pencil sea urchins when you see them while scuba diving. But these two species live very different lives.
NYT > Oceans

Peter Rona, 79, Explorer of Ocean Depths, Dies

Discoveries made by Mr. Rona, a professor at Rutgers, piqued interest in deep-sea mining and the origins of life on earth.
NYT > Oceans