June 11, 2013 (ENS) – Oil spilled from Petroecuador’s Trans-Ecuador pipeline after a May31 landslide in the Andean foothills has reached the Peruvian Amazon.
The landslide that destroyed a 330-foot section of the pipeline is blamed on heavy rain in the province of Sucumbios near the El Reventador Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes.
The broken pipeline spilled some 11,000 barrels, or 420,000 gallons, of crude oil into the Quijos River, a well-known whitewater adventure river on the eastern slopes of the Andes. read more>>>
June 10, 2013 (ENS) – “How sad it is that garbage and debris are what is calling us to wild shores,” Carl Safina said as he joined an international team of scientists, artists and educators in Seward on Friday.
Dr. Safina and the others are taking part in Project Gyre, a marine debris expedition and exhibition of marine debris art from the giant rotating ocean current that is the North Pacific Gyre.
The project is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, a private, non-profit marine science facility. read more>>>
Jun. 10 2013 - Meaningful structural and social reforms, as well as a major shift to alternative energy sources, are needed for a sustainable new global economic cycle, says the head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Angel Gurria, the secretary-general of the OECD who spoke on the first day of the Conference of Montreal on Monday, pointed to the fact that aid to the developing world has been slipping. read more>>>
June 11, 2013 - American manufacturing jobs, once driven overseas by low prices, will return as companies innovate, according to The Green Economy.
“We can’t compete on price, but we can compete on innovation,” said Mr. Free, CEO of MFG.com.
At the same time, trends overseas impact how U.S. businesses approach innovation, product sourcing and manufacturing. read more>>>
June 10, 2013 - Economies should implement structural and social reforms, and use the economic flux to invest in green energy to jumpstart growth, according to the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
“We also see this moment as an opportunity to go green. We are on a collision course with nature and cannot continue to promote an economic growth based on highly polluting energies and overconsumption. Instead, we can move towards greater energy efficiency by implementing smart structural reforms.” read more>>>
June 12, 2013 - By 2014, IHS predicts that the smart grid sensor market will more than double from estimated 2012 levels as major changes occur in the feeder line sensing market and emerging technologies are offered from a series of new entrants.
"Older devices are being replaced by next-generation technologies that are offered by new market entrants," said Michael Markides, associate director of the Smart Utility Infrastructure Group at IHS. There are numerous takeaways from this, including the continued growth in distribution-level electronic devices, the continued push toward decentralizing grid intelligence and automation, as well as showing the evolving habits and behaviors of utilities in North America as they adopt new technology from a set of new vendors." read more>>>
June 05, 2013 - DTE Energy Co. asked the Michigan Public Service Commission Tuesday for permission to lower its monthly surcharge to residential customers for renewable energy to 43 cents from $3. Business customers could see their surcharges drop by 85 percent.
Overall, rates would be lowered for residential and business customers by nearly $90 million. A ruling is expected in several weeks.
Business customers also will see reductions in their monthly surcharge, depending on the size and type of business.
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June 10, 2013 - Mayor R.T. Rybak and the city of Minneapolis are spearheading a project dubbed the Green Homes North Initiative. The plan, scheduled to start this summer, calls for the construction of 100 energy-efficient homes throughout North Minneapolis on city-owned vacant lots.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet reports public and private financing were secured in 2012 to start the Green Homes North project. The first phase calls for the construction of 13 green homes, and according to Rybak the groundbreaking will take place in early June. read more>>>