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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. announced this week it is proposing to build 11 wind farms in seven states in the Southwest, the Upper Midwest, and Colorado, using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large part of it.

Building of coal fired power stations in decline

There has been a significant decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally, according to a new report from several environmental organizations.

Satellite images confirm there is less sea ice globally in 2017

It is unusual for the NSIDC to release data for both poles at the same time, but 2017 has been an "exceptional" year. However, new satellite data shows that there is less sea ice globally than at any time in the entire 38-year satellite record.

Thousands of underground gas bubbles set to explode in Siberia

As many as 7,000 massive underground methane bubbles, formed by thawing permafrost are set to explode in Siberia. Such explosions, while releasing greenhouse gases, can create massive craters and poses a major safety risk to the local people.

India's Ganges River joins list of rivers given legal rights

A court in northern India has ruled the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers living entities, bestowing on them the same legal rights as human beings, meaning that if anyone harms or pollutes the rivers, the law would view such an act as criminal.

New Zealand's 'green' image under threat: OECD

New Zealand's strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its "clean, green" reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

Two reports, one conclusion — Energy shift must start now

If the world wants to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, all countries must shift away from energy production using fossil fuels, according to two separate international reports.

Wildfires rage in Boulder, Colorado and western North Carolina

A wildfire near the city of Boulder, Colorado prompted the evacuation of 426 homes on Sunday, while a wildfire in Western North Carolina, near Nebo in McDowell County, continues to rage almost unabated.

El Nino conditions fueling torrential rains and flooding in Peru

The most recent record-tying El Nino that ended in the spring of 2016 left behind enough of a warm water bulge to ensure this year's La Nina failed to develop - But it does set the stage for El Nino conditions, as Peru is experiencing now.

More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods

Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country's woes.

Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy from raindrops

Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

California's Salton Sea may get $400 million make-over

On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown's administration floated a proposal for a plan that would cost taxpayers about $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest manmade lake.

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

The first naturally fluorescent frog was discovered recently in Argentina -- almost by chance, a member of the team of researchers told AFP Thursday.

One of last vaquita porpoises found dead in Mexico

Environmentalists said they have found the body of a baby vaquita marina porpoise, one of the last of its kind, washed up dead in northern Mexico.

Using microbes to measure ecological health

There are different measures of the state of an environment, such as toxins in soil or gasses in air. One measure, that can be qualified, is the microbial population since living entities directly signal the ‘health’ of a given locale.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

Euro MPs approve 'conflict minerals' crackdown

The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.

Mt Etna sparks again in fresh bout of activity

Mount Etna has burst into life for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 200 metres (650 feet) into the sky above Sicily.

New Zealand river recognised as 'legal person'

A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognised by parliament as a "legal person", in a move believed to be a world first.

More gas guzzlers due to Trump? Not necessarily

The White House clashed with environmentalists over President Donald Trump's retreat from tough future auto emission standards, with both sides predicting potentially big consequences for America's car fleet.

Gas stations soon to be provided directly by solar farms

Energy technologists have come up with a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen at a central point, miles away from the solar farm. If commercialized this method will lower the cost of producing hydrogen and also for shipping it.

Indonesia vows action after UK cruise ship ruins coral reef

Indonesia on Wednesday vowed to take action after a British-owned cruise ship smashed into pristine coral reefs and caused extensive damage, as residents of the popular tourist site lamented "paradise" had been ruined.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

Protesters demand Enbridge's 64-year-old pipeline 5 be shut down

Enbridge Energy Partners officials faced a rowdy crowd at the Michigan pipeline safety advisory board meeting on Monday, as they tried to defend their 64-year-old Line 5 pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac.

Mattis: Climate change is real, and a national security threat

In previously unpublished written testimony to senators following his January confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis argued that climate change is real, and a threat to U.S. national security.

UK cruise ship damages pristine Indonesian coral reef

A British-owned cruise ship has smashed into pristine coral reefs, causing extensive damage in a remote corner of Indonesia known as one of the world's most biodiverse marine habitats, researchers and officials said Tuesday.

Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'

Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north "died of thirst" last year, scientists said Tuesday, in the largest climate-related incident of its kind ever recorded.

Nor'easter expected to unleash heavy snow from D.C. to Boston

A powerful Nor'easter will roar up the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, bringing heavy snow, powerful winds, and flooding in some coastal areas.

Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46

At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby.

Coho salmon reintroduced into Oregon river by Nez Perce Tribe

Hundreds of speckled, rose-tinted juvenile coho salmon were reintroduced into a river in northeastern Oregon on Thursday, marking the first time they had been seen in the bubbling waters in more than 30 years.

The Global Picture — Rate of ocean warming has doubled since 1960

The buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses has caused ocean warming to nearly double since 1992, compared with the previous thirty years, but perhaps more concerning, the increase in warming has reached the deeper water column of the oceans.

Carbon dioxide rates close to breaching the 410 ppm threshold

It wasn't that long ago that Earth breached the 400 ppm threshold of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and now, just six months later, we are closing in on carbon dioxide levels going above 410 ppm. On March 9, the CO2 level was 405.65 ppm.

Cyclone kills 38, displaces 53,000 in Madagascar

Cyclone Enawo killed 38 people, injured 180 others and displaced 53,000 after it slammed into Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Friday.

Shell CEO urges industry to switch to cleaner energy sources

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking at the 2017 CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, said the oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.

America will meet its climate goals: Bloomberg

The United States will meet its climate agreement goals, UN special envoy for climate change Michael Bloomberg said in Paris on Thursday."They have given us a roadmap of what we must do to save this planet.

Hazardous waste sites in Florida may be linked to cancer

There are several environmental factors associated with an elevated risk of cancer. One area that is receiving attention is the disposal of hazardous waste (such as waste from industrial sites). New results from Florida suggest a concerning connection.

Green initiative turns food waste into tires

A groundbreaking environmental initiative sees the turning of food waste into a material that can replace the petroleum-based filler used in manufacturing tires. Trials on the new type of material show that it exceeds industrial standards for performance.

Pruitt says CO2 not a 'primary contributor' to climate change

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt was asked by CNBC Thursday morning whether he thought carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for global warming. His answer was in line with climate-deniers in the White House.

10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar

More than 10,000 Madagascans have been forced out of their homes over the past 48 hours as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five, officials said Thursday.

Feds to Hilcorp — Repair Alaska gas pipeline leak or shut it down

Federal regulators have given gas and oil operator Hilcorp Energy until May 1, 2017, to permanently repair a leaking pipeline in Cook Inlet, Alaska or shut the pipeline down.
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