Northern hemisphere carbon dioxide levels were above 400 parts per million in April, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which considers the mark a warning about the growing climate change dangers, The Hill reports.
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Greenpeace says activists have boarded two offshore drilling rigs in a protest against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters.
Juha Aromaa, a spokesman for the environmental group, says 15 activists boarded a rig operated by Norwegian energy company Statoil about 109 miles (175 kilometers) off the Bear Island nature reserve early Tuesday without encountering any resistance from the onboard crew.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials said that possible rain forecast this week in Alaska could help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.
The Funny River Fire in the state's Kenai Peninsula covered nearly 248 square miles as of Monday morning and was 30 percent contained, according to the Alaska Interagency Interagency Management Team.
No injuries or structure damage has been reported, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed.
Their special status dates back to claims made more than a century ago when water was plentiful. But in the third year of a drought that has ravaged California, these "senior rights holders" dominated by corporations and agricultural concerns are not obliged to conserve water.
Add India and China to the world’s 34 advanced economies and the cost of air pollution – counting health care and lives cut short – tops $3.5 trillion, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, E&E reports.
Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card in California found an improvement in the water quality in the state’s beaches, which it attributes to less polluted runoff flowing into the sea as a result of the current drought, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A study released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs finds that climate change has hurt U.S. crops, with higher carbon dioxide levels lowering the protein in wheat, among other impacts, the Los Angeles Times reports.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of young people will be clearing weeds and planting trees from Hawaii to Vermont under a federal program that depends largely on private funding, the U.S. interior secretary said Thursday.
The government is putting in $1.9 million of the $6.7 million for the project announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit created by Congress in 1984 to support wildlands, managed the donations for the young workers' project and said the largest contribution, of $130,000, was provided by Wells Fargo & Co. for six projects, and the remainder by groups working on the projects such as Groundwork Denver in Colorado and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in the form of cash, equipment, travel, or in-kind services.
NEW YORK (AP) — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.
The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world, will likely reduce the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in New York City.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.