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12 Sep 2012

Overview: renewable energy initiatives under Obama administration

The bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacture that received $528 million in 2009 under the ARRA lending program to promote clean energy, has become an embarrassment to the Obama Administration.

11 Sep 2012

U.S. judge rejects whale suit against Navy sub training site

Although North American right whales have been protected from commercial whaling since 1935, their badly depleted population has never recovered and could now number as few as 313, Wood wrote.

11 Sep 2012

Transocean, U.S. discussing $1.5 bln spill settlement

Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and BP Plc was the operator of the Macondo well, which ruptured on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and unleashing the worst-ever U.S. offshore oil spill. London-based BP is also in talks with the Justice Department to resolve criminal and civil claims.

11 Sep 2012

Brownfields do not need to be forever: Evansville Indiana Greenway Site – a success story

Even after years of focus and attention on investigating and cleaning up industrial properties for reuse, many more Brownfields remain vacant and underutilized.

10 Sep 2012

Governor of top Indonesia coal region calls for output cap

Governor Ishak Faroek said East Kalimantan, which produces two-thirds of Indonesia’s coal, would benefit if output was limited to 150 million tonnes, around 30 percent below this year’s expected production.

10 Sep 2012

Fracking for natural gas: a regulatory explosion

As worldwide natural gas production using fracking expands, governments are acting to control both the perceived negative health and environmental consequences as well as maximize the potential economic gains.

4 Sep 2012

South Africa police fire teargas as mine unrest spreads

South Africa is home to 80 percent of known platinum reserves and the price of the precious metal, used in jewellery and car catalytic converters, has risen more than 10 percent since the violence erupted.

3 Sep 2012

Imam arrested in Pakistan blasphemy case, stirring tensions

Under Muslim Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

31 Aug 2012

Steeped in poverty, Myanmar targets natural resources

Only two countries had public sectors more corrupt than Myanmar’s in 2011, according to Transparency International: economic basket case North Korea and war-torn Somalia.

31 Aug 2012

Australian detention centres risk violating human rights

Australia’s recent decision to move asylum seekers to offshore detention facilities has alarmed human rights organisations.

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