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An aerial view of the shale oil drilling rig SAI-307 in the Patagonian province of Neuquen October 14, 2011. The Patagonia landscape, which was transformed through the discovery of big deposits of hydrocarbons in the 1970s, could experience another energy revolution due to forecasts indicating that they could contain the third largest reservoir of unconventional natural gas in the world.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

Fracking and finance: the pros and cons of new fossil fuel energy

With lawsuits, moratoriums and bans on hydrofracking popping up across the United States, the promise of natural gas for a cleaner and more independent energy future is stuck between a rock and hard place.

The Wal-Mart logo is pictured on cash registers at a new store in Chicago, January 24, 2012. The store will open on January 25, and it will be Wal-Mart's largest outlet in Chicago.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

Wal-Mart wants PCs to sleep earlier

The switch is part of the company’s efforts to sell products that sustain people and the environment.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the media on the Heil Family Farm, a wind farm, in Haverhill, Iowa, August 14, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

A pale green tinge for U.S. presidential campaign

In their rhetoric, both candidates have focused on a similar theme – sustainable development, the notion that the private sector can work with government to protect the environment while boosting the economy and creating jobs.

The University of Tromso's research vessel Lance follows U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Stoere's tour of a fjord onboard the Arctic research vessel Helmer Hanssen off the coast of Tromso June 2, 2012. The top U.S. diplomat took the unusual step of visiting Tromso, a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle, to dramatize U.S. interests in a once inaccessible region whose resources are up for grabs as the sea ice melts with climate change.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Norway follows EU with CO2 compensation scheme

Norway said some elements in its guidelines, which will affect some 80 companies mainly operating within aluminum, chemicals, ferroalloys and paper production, were still undecided.

A farmer samples some sunflower crops lost to the heat at Ergelija village 100 km (62 miles) east from capital Skopje August 31, 2012. The western Balkans has been hit by an ongoing heat wave that has seen temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit), triggering hundreds of wildfires. The Miller and Farmer Association in Macedonia says the country had to import more than 60 percent of their agriculture needs this year, resulting in economic losses from higher bred prices, according to local media. Picture taken August 31, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

“We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.,” Crouch said.

Delegates react during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2012

Evolution of Democrats’ platform on climate, energy

The political realities of the past four years have likely curbed the Democrats’ ability to pursue the kind of energy and environment agenda they outlined in 2008.

Corals are seen at the Great Barrier Reef in this January 2002 handout photo. Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is under imminent threat from industrial development and may be considered for listing as a world heritage site "in danger" within 2013, a U.N. report said this week.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems gains speed

This can be a basis for landscape and economic analysis, which then forms the basis for action, leading, for example, to ecosystem restoration and improved governance.

A 2012 Chevy Volt electric car is seen at the sixth annual Alternative Transportation Expo and Conference (AltCar) in Santa Monica, California in this September 29, 2011 file photograph. Shares of Polypore International Inc fell as much as 10 percent on reports that General Motors Co plans to temporarily halt production of Chevrolet Volt, which uses the filtration products maker's lithium battery separators.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

Insight: GM’s Volt: The ugly math of low sales, high costs

Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.

A girl cools off in the water fountains at Yards Park along the Anacostia River in SE Washington July 3, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

9 Sep 2012

AlertNet’s “Battle for Water”- a set of stories on water scarcity issues around the world

AlertNet has launched a special report at what will arguably be the big story of the 21st century – the battle for water.

Andean people march during a protest against Newmont's proposed $4.8 billion Conga gold mine, near the Cortada lagoon, in the Andean region of Cajamarca in this November 24, 2011 file photo. Peru's troubles with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights aren't limited to cases stemming from the country's counterinsurgency. The commission's authority has expanded over the years to include environmental and indigenous rights disputes, frustrating South American countries that export grains, oil, and minerals to fuel their economies. Community groups have asked the commission for an injunction that would halt the country's largest-ever mining project, the $4.8 billion gold mine of U.S. company Newmont Mining Corp which opponents of the Andean mine, called Conga, say should be stopped because it would cause cultural and environmental harm by replacing a series of alpine lakes with reservoirs. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has said the project is crucial for extending Peru's economic boom.Credit: REUTERS

31 Aug 2012

Peru may give environment ministry more power over new mines

President Ollanta Humala has sent a bill to Congress that would give the environment ministry more power to approve or reject new mines in Peru, an overhaul that critics say is long overdue.

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