Noteworthy News

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.
Livestock Falling Ill in Fracking Regions, Raising Concerns About Food
In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. 
Sex, Lies and Garbage by Belinda Waymouth
With world population at 7 billion-plus, there are more potential people to have sex with than ever... not forgetting the inevitable result: more people. 
Study of centuries of weather suggests record warming ahead
First the good news: In the last 11,300 years, humans have endured a planet warmer than today's, even as they set about building their earliest civilizations.