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July 15, 2015 Monsanto says 'expert panel' to review WHO finding on cancer link to herbicide

Source: Reuters

Monsanto Co, maker of one of the world's most widely used herbicides Roundup, said Tuesday that a panel of scientific experts will review the findings of a World Health Organization cancer research unit that found the key...

July 14, 2015 Climate scientists find surprising reason for faster Arctic meltdown

Source: Washington Post

Relatively few tropical storms ever make it as far north as Greenland, the ice-covered island that straddles the Arctic Circle east of Canada. But the ones that do appear to be inflicting serious damage — and not just to...

July 14, 2015 Natural gas tops coal as top source of electric power generation in US

Source: CNBC

Call it a one-two punch for coal. As global demand for U.S. coal exports continues to sag, domestic demand at power plants has been sliding as well. For the first time ever, natural gas trumped coal as the top source of electric...

July 14, 2015 China says 75 pct of cities failed to meet air standards in June

Source: Reuters

Nearly 75 percent of China’s big cities failed to meet air quality standards in June, the environment ministry said on Monday, an improvement over the same month last year, as the country continues to wage “war on pollution.”

July 14, 2015 Unraveling the Relationship Between Climate Change and Health

Source: NY Times

Is climate change a serious threat to human health? Simple logic would suggest the answer is yes, a point that the Obama administration is using to build support for the president’s effort to make climate change a centerpiece of...

July 13, 2015 Sixteen Attorneys General File Suit to Block EPA Waters Rule

Source: Legal Insurrection.com

The Obama EPA’s “Waters of the U. S.” power grab has come under a lot of scrutiny and resistance, and rightly so. In addition to citizen outrage and push back from Congress, the EPA is now facing two lawsuits filed by the...

July 13, 2015 Taller towers, bigger turbines enable first big wind farm in Southeast

Source: C S Monitor

The Energy Department believes the US can generate 20 percent of the country's power with wind by 2030, and opening up the Southeast and other new areas is a key to achieving that goal.

July 13, 2015 BP braced for billions of dollars more in Deepwater payments

Source: ft.com

BP is still facing a threat of billions of dollars more in compensation payments for its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even after the $18.7bn settlement last week that resolved all actions against the company from...

July 10, 2015 Governor of drought-parched Oregon to order water usage review

Source: Reuters

Oregon’s governor plans to order state agencies to review their water usage and to draft strategies to conserve water in the parched state, following similar moves in neighboring drought-stricken California, a spokesman said on...

July 10, 2015 Coal-fired operations to end at Taconite Harbor Energy Center; plant will be idled in 2016

Source: News Tribune

As part of the company's shift away from smaller coal-fired plants, Duluth-based Minnesota Power will idle its Taconite Harbor Energy Center beginning in the fall of 2016.

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