Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York State Recommends Halt To High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing

<> New York State Recommends Halt To High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing - The state Department of Health has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and Acting DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended that high-volume hydraulic fracturing should not move forward in New York State. Dr. Zucker announced his findings and recommendations today at a Cabinet Meeting in Albany saying, "I think it would be reckless to proceed in New York until more authoritative research is done. I asked myself, 'would I let my family live in a community with fracking?' The answer is no. I therefore cannot recommend anyone else's family to live in such a community either."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

President Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Future Oil and Gas Drilling

<> President Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Future Oil and Gas Drilling - President Obama designated the pristine waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to consideration for oil and gas leasing; the action safeguards one of the nation's most productive fisheries and preserves an ecologically rich area of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska that is vital to the commercial fishing and tourism economy and to Alaska Native communities -- 40 percent of America's wild-caught seafood and a $2 billion annual fishing industry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Business to partner with governments for the diffusion of game-changing low-carbon technology

<> Business to partner with governments for the diffusion of game-changing low-carbon technology - Geneva, December 12, 2014 - Business will work with governments to shape a novel technology and solutions agenda to support efforts for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris next year

Monday, December 15, 2014

Climate Agreement Inches Forward In Lima

<> Climate Agreement Inches Forward In Lima - A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries. Nations concluded by elaborating the elements of the new agreement, scheduled to be agreed in Paris in late 2015, while also agreeing the ground rules on how all countries can submit contributions to the new agreement during the first quarter of next year.

Friday, December 12, 2014

House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

<> House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown - The House of Representatives averted a government shutdown on Thursday, narrowly passing (219-206) a $1.1 trillion spending bill despite strenuous Democratic objections to controversial financial provisions.