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Is America ready to quit coal? With concerns over climate change intensifying, electricity generation from coal, once reliably cheap, looks increasingly expensive. New York Times. 15 February 2009
Climate warming gases rising faster than expected. Despite widespread concern over global warming, humans are adding carbon to the atmosphere even faster than in the 1990s, researchers warned Saturday. Carbon emissions have been growing at 3.5 percent per year since 2000, up sharply from the 0.9 percent per year in the 1990s. Associated Press. 15 February 2009
Coal at centre of fierce new climate battle. The debate over the impact of fossil fuels has been reignited by the imminent approval of a power plant at Kingsnorth, Kent. Could advances in technology provide ways of capturing dangerous emissions and make coal safer? London Observer. 15 February 2009
Biofuels may do more harm than good. The use of crop-based biofuels could speed up rather than slow down global warming by fueling the destruction of rainforests, scientists warned Saturday. Biofuels have become increasingly controversial because of their impact on food prices and the energy it takes to produce them. Agence France-Presse. 15 February 2009
Charles under fire for private jet on eco tour. He is famously proud of his green credentials, but Prince Charles has been accused of "hideous" hypocrisy after it emerged he will travel by private jet on a tour to campaign against global warming. Edinburgh Scotsman. 15 February 2009
Aerosols may have a greater impact on patterns of rainfall than previously thought. A leading atmospheric scientist has said that aerosols may have a greater impact on patterns of Australian rainfall and future climate change than previously thought. Asian News International. 15 February 2009
Another agreement reached on sale of Healy power plant. Golden Valley Electric Association and the Alaska Industrial Development Export Authority have signed another agreement that calls for working out the sale of an experimental coal-fired power plant near Healy by Aug. 1. Associated Press. 15 February 2009
Court denies reviews of mine permits. For the fourth time in eight years, a federal appeals court has overturned a court ruling that would have required more thorough permit reviews of mountaintop removal coal-mining operations. Charleston Gazette. 14 February 2009
Blooms away: The real price of flowers. Sending the roughly 100 million roses of a typical Valentine's Day produces some 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from field to U.S. florist. Scientific American. 14 February 2009
Oilsands production could get even dirtier: Pembina Institute. Alberta’s plan to allow in-situ oilsands operations to switch from natural gas to dirtier fuels would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, the Pembina Institute said Friday. Edmonton Journal. 14 February 2009
Cruise lines urged to shrink their footprints. According to Climate Care, a United Kingdom-based carbon-offsetting company, their statistics show that cruise ships emit nearly twice as much carbon dioxide as airplanes. New York Times. 14 February 2009
Do energy-saving LED lamps save energy? There’s no question that LED lamps use a fraction of the power used by standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times as long. But what about the energy needed to create an LED lamp, compared to a regular light bulb? New York Times. 14 February 2009
Appeals court overturns new mountaintop mine rules. A federal appeals court overturned a ruling Friday requiring more extensive environmental reviews of mountaintop removal, a form of coal mining in Appalachia that blasts away whole peaks. Associated Press. 14 February 2009
Coal industry wins a round on mining. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va. Friday overturned a 2007 decision that supported environmentalists’ claims that the Army Corps of Engineers had improperly issued permits for several mountaintop coal mining operations. New York Times. 14 February 2009
Bushfires release huge carbon load. Victoria's bushfires have released a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - almost equal to Australia's industrial emission for an entire year. Sydney Australian. 13 February 2009
Govt to allow peatland plantations. The Agriculture Ministry will issue a decree to allow businesses to dig up the country's millions of hectares of peatland for oil palm plantations, a move that many say will further damage the country's environment and release huge amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Jakarta Post. 13 February 2009
Opposition slams Alberta oilsands report. The province unveiled its plan for the development of oilsands with a report calling for reducing the environmental footprint of the massive mining operations and increasing the quality of life in the region. But it was immediately slammed as "a sham" and "window dressing." Edmonton Journal. 13 February 2009
Coal plant wins DHEC board approval. Santee Cooper won an important victory in its quest to build a $2.2 billion coal-fired power plant near Florence, persuading the state’s environmental protection agency that the utility is entitled to an air pollution permit. Columbia State. 13 February 2009
CO2 hits new peaks, no sign global crisis causing dip. Atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gas are hitting new highs, with no sign yet that the world economic downturn is curbing industrial emissions, a leading scientist said on Thursday Reuters. 13 February 2009
Speakers say coal has staying power. The road for coal-fired electric power in the U.S. will be rocky, but the way forward is starting to become more certain. Houston Chronicle. 13 February 2009
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