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A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

Published: 
Tue, 01/15/2013 (All day)

MORE than one million people in the Chinese city of Handan awoke last week to the alarming news that an essential source of their drinking water, the Zhouzhang River, had been dangerously contaminated by a 39-ton chemical spill in the nearby city of Changzhi. What made the news even more shocking was that the leak, from a factory pipe, had started at least five days earlier but had been kept secret by government officials, who allowed millions of their neighbors to keep drinking.

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California holds cap-and-trade auction of greenhouse gas credits

Published: 
Thu, 11/15/2012 (All day)
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Energy

SACRAMENTO — California environmental officials moved ahead with a first-ever auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits despite a last-minute lawsuit filed by the state Chamber of Commerce to invalidate the sale.

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A Plan to Go Halfway Around the World, Fueled by Plastic Trash

Published: 
Mon, 10/15/2012 (All day)
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Energy

HONG KONG — Sometime in the next few months, a single-engine Cessna will fly from Sydney to London. Converted to be able to carry extra amounts of fuel, the small plane will take 10 days for its journey, making 10 or so stops along the way.

What will make this journey special is not the route or the identity of the pilot — a 41-year-old British insurance industry executive who lives in Australia — but the fuel that the aircraft will be using: diesel processed from discarded plastic trash.

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Power, Pollution and the Internet

Published: 
Sat, 09/22/2012 (All day)
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Energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild’s machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space here with racks of computer servers that were needed to store and process information from members’ accounts. The electricity pouring into the computers was overheating Ethernet sockets and other crucial components.

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The Social Cost of Carbon: How to Do the Math?

Published: 
Tue, 09/18/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

This year’s presidential campaign has shown that a gulf exists between the two candidates on America’s energy future — at least in theory.

Mitt Romney opposes renewal of the federal wind energy tax credit and champions the exploitation of fossil fuels. President Obama advocates an “all of the above” strategy on energy but — after a period of silence on the issue — implicitly evoked the dangers of runaway emissions at the Democratic convention by warning that climate change is indeed a threat.