Noteworthy News

Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world
People in the rich world should become "demitarians" – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage, scientists have urged, in the clearest picture yet of how farming practices are destroying the natural world.
Would You Cut Down on Meat to Help the Environment?
The phrase “I could eat a horse” has acquired a new meaning in Europe, where horse DNA has been found in products labeled as beef on supermarket shelves.
Beyond 7 Billion
After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. 
New Book Tackles China and its Environmental Exports
The rapid degradation of the environment in China has become a central topic of discussion this year. 
Obama Seeks $2 Billion in Research on Cleaner Fuels
With few options available for financing his clean-energy ambitions, President Obama on Friday proposed diverting $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next decade to pay for research on advanced vehicles.
Cities Weigh Taking Over From Private Utilities
Across the country, cities are showing a renewed interest in taking over the electricity business from private utilities, reflecting intensifying concerns about climate change, responses to power disruptions and a desire to pump more renewable energy into the grid.
Top U.S. Admiral: Climate Change Biggest Threat
Despite renewed threats from nuclear North Korea, missile stockpiling in China and a standoff between China and Japan over a small string of islands, the head of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet has declared the greatest threat to long-term peace in the region is climate change.
Forecast Dims for Future Growth in Wind Power
Despite a recent report trumpeting a record year for wind power in 2012, the numbers are not as encouraging as they seem.
Can Wind, Water and Sunlight Power New York by 2050?
A group of scientists and energy analysts has laid out a path under which New York State could, in theory, eliminate its use of fossil fuels and nuclear power — including for transportation — by 2050. 
An Energy Coup for Japan: ‘Flammable Ice’
Japan said Tuesday that it had extracted gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate — sometimes called “flammable ice” — a breakthrough that officials and experts said could be a step toward tapping a promising but still little-understood energy source.