Environment Forum

from Reuters Investigates:

BP – Tough to price in the consequences

December 2, 2010

Two graphs tell an apparently conflicting story: analysts forecast a steady recovery in BP's dividends, but its valuation remains weak. Tom Bergin's close look at the potential costs facing BP as a result of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill helps explain the latter, but less so the former.

How to make communities see green over REDD?

December 2, 2010
A villager collects rattan among rubber trees near a village in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's part of Borneo island. Rubber and rattan provide good incomes to villagers and represents a key way to support livelihoods for investors in a large forest preservation project nearby, who are working with local communities to make the project a success. Credit: Yusuf Ahmad

A villager collects rattan among rubber trees near a village in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's part of Borneo island. Rubber and rattan provide good incomes to villagers and represents a key way to support livelihoods for investors in a large forest preservation project nearby, who are working with local communities to make the project a success. Credit: Yusuf Ahmad

Environmentally conscious consumers to spend less this holiday season

By Todd Woody
December 1, 2010

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So what will the environmentally conscious consumer be buying this holiday season?

from Gregg Easterbrook:

What we should be taxing: greenhouse gases

December 1, 2010

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Bravely, international diplomats, United Nations officials and environmentalists are meeting in Cancun this week to demand that other people use less fossil fuel. Bravely they met in Copenhagen a year ago to make the same demand, after also bravely meeting in Bali, Montreal and similar resort locales in prior years.

Report: U.S. utility-scale photovoltaic industry set to boom

By Todd Woody
November 30, 2010

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With NRG Energy’s announcement on Tuesday that it will invest $450 million investment in a California photovoltaic project, the New Jersey-based power provider has pledged a total of $750 million for big solar plants in the past two months.

NRG Energy to acquire SunPower solar farm for $450 million

By Todd Woody
November 30, 2010

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A subsidiary of NRG Energy on Tuesday said it will invest up to $450 million in a 250-megawatt photovoltaic power plant to be built by Silicon Valley’s SunPower on the central California coast.

Nevada’s solar building boom

By Todd Woody
November 29, 2010

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Over the past three months, California regulators have made headlines by licensing seven huge solar thermal power plants that would generate nearly 3,500 megawatts of electricity if all were built in the Southern California desert.

Environmentalists to use new Google 3D Trees mapping tool to preserve forests

By Todd Woody
November 29, 2010

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Environmentalists have long used Google Earth to keep tabs on mountaintop mining and to monitor deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Now with the release Monday of the latest version of Google’s virtual world maps, they’ll be able to literally see the trees in the forest  — in 3D.

San Francisco to build U.S.’ first LEED Gold airport terminal

By Todd Woody
November 26, 2010

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Upping the ante in the greener-than-thou sweepstakes, San Francisco is building what would be the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified airport terminal.

Sage-grouse map could help avoid wind farm fights

By Todd Woody
November 26, 2010

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In an effort that could help avoid conflicts between wind energy developers and environmentalists, the United States Department of the Interior this week released a map that identifies breeding densities of the imperiled sage-grouse in 11 Western states.