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June 19, 2012 UN Close to Deal on World Energy Goals

Source: BusinessWeek

Envoys from 190 nations attending a United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro are close to reaching an agreement that will mark one of the broadest steps yet to harmonize economic development with global efforts to protect the...

June 19, 2012 CEOs pledge sustainability, urge 'green revolution'

Source: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO — Business leaders gathered at a Rio+20 conference Monday pledged sustainable policies and joined a call for world leaders to usher in "a green industrial revolution" to save the planet.

June 19, 2012 A Fracking Miracle: North Dakota’s Bakken Boom -text/ video

Source: The Foundary

That’s what it’s been dubbed by many. The recent boom of the Bakken oil fields—made possible by a perfect storm of sensible state regulations, the often maligned fracking process, and the fact that most drilling is taking place...

June 19, 2012 Sustainability index points finger at US, emerging giants

Source: The Economic Times

RIO DE JANEIRO: Emerging giant economies and the United States lived beyond their environmental means as they raced for growth, said a UN survey unveiled at the conference on sustainability here.

June 19, 2012 Feds Say Design Flaw Led to Calif. Nuke Plant Woes

Source: ABC/AP

A botched computer analysis resulted in design flaws that are largely to blame for unprecedented wear in steam tubes at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but it isn't clear how the problems can be fixed, federal regulators...

June 19, 2012 How governments can respond to fracking operations


Government administrators are closely watching the growing use of hydraulic fracturing (also known as hydrofracking) to produce energy in their backyards. Hydraulic fracturing is the extraction of natural gas from shale rock by...

June 18, 2012 Chevron Hears Concerns About Gas Fracking At Annual Meeting - Smart Money

Source: Smart Money

"I think there are legitimate concerns, and we're willing to address them." But Larry Fahn, president of shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, which sponsored the proposal requesting a report from Chevron on the risks...

June 18, 2012 Shift to shale could fracture Opec's world

Source: Guardian

The doves won at Opec last week, but while it concentrates on trying not to rock the eurozone, it should take note of what the shale revolution may mean for oil and gas prices

June 18, 2012 Wind Energy Industry Braces for End of Tax Credit


If you’re a part of the wind energy industry, you’re probably starting to get nervous. The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), a major wind energy tax subsidy, is set to expire at the end of the year, and whether it will be...

June 18, 2012 Looking ahead to Rio+20 - text\audio

Source: Radio National

rNext week in Brazil, heads of government, representatives from non-government organisations and a whole host of others from interested parties will converge for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development....

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