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Source of Clean Energy? Wind Turbines Are Spilling Oil in Mexico

Wind turbines were planted along a strip of Mexico’s southern coast to make the country’s power industry cleaner. Now they’re spilling oil. In the town of Juchitan last month, a clean-up was under way around a generator owned by Electricite …

Report: Climate Change Is Impacting California

Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century. …

Hawaii Landfill Operator Fined $1.1M Under EPA Settlement

Honolulu and the operator of the city’s only landfill have agreed to make changes that will reduce the risk of a fire breaking out at the Waianae coast site, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. …

Main Points of Agreement from Rio+20 Summit Show Little Progress

Global leaders on Friday wrapped up a United Nations development summit with little to show but a lackluster agreement, as critics scorned governments for showing no urgency to tackle climate change as well as food and water scarcity. Nearly 100 …

U.N. Sounds Environment Alarm Ahead of Rio Summit

Population growth, urbanization and consumption are set to inflict irreversible damage on the planet, the United Nations said on Wednesday, and called for urgent agreement on new environmental targets at an Earth summit this month. The U.N. Environment Program sounded …

China P&I Club to Stop Indemnity Coverage for Tankers with Iran Oil

Key ship insurer, China P&I Club, will halt indemnity coverage for tankers carrying Iranian oil as of July amid tightening Western sanctions against OPEC’s second largest oil producer, two club officials told Reuters on Thursday. This is the first sign …

Melting Arctic May Redraw Global Geopolitical Map

This year’s frenzy of oil and gas exploration in newly accessible Arctic waters could be the harbinger of even starker changes to come. If, as many scientists predict, currently inaccessible sea lanes across the top of the world become navigable …

Total Considers Options to Extinguish North Sea Gas Flare

France’s Total is laying plans, including a helicopter water drop, fire-fighting vessels and spraying nitrogen, to extinguish a flare on its Elgin North Sea gas platform that is leaking explosive clouds of gas, the UK energy department said. The flare, …

Total: “May be Months” to Stop North Sea Gas Leak

A cloud of explosive natural gas boiling out of the North Sea from a leak at Total’s abandoned Elgin platform forced wider evacuations off the Scottish coast on Tuesday as the French oil company warned it may take six months …

Grounded Cargo Ship Breaks Apart on New Zealand Reef

A cargo ship grounded off the New Zealand coast since October has split in two, spilling sea containers and debris and sparking fears of a fresh oil spill, maritime officials said Sunday. The wreck of the Greek-owned Rena was described …