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Two weeks ago (on Earth Day, no less), what is destined to become the biggest ecological disaster in history began as the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. Situated 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, the well is still gushing oil and the growing slick is now making landfall. While this disaster will continue to unfold…

[This post comes courtesy of the State Department’s Katherine Musgrove, who is an economic officer in the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas is having its first ministerial right now in Washington D.C., and you can watch the end…

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At last summer’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama announced the formation of a multinational organization aimed at increasing renewable energy usage, confronting climate change, and promoting tech transfer and sustainability practices amongst its members.

The Buzz: Is Nuclear Power the Answer?

This weekend, ScienceBloggers discussed the virtues and downfalls of a world run on modern nuclear power. Benjamin Cohen sparked the dialogue on The World’s Fair with an interview with author and environmentalist Rebecca Solnit, famous for her opposition to nuclear power. Within just a few hours, Built on Fact’s Matt Springer responded, categorically arguing against…

The two major policy approaches to cutting carbon emissions, cap-and-trade and carbon taxes, both work by putting a price on pollution. Carbon tax—simply, a tax on fossil fuels—is intended to motivate businesses to conserve energy and switch to cleaner energy sources in order to save money. Cap-and-trade schemes put a limit on how much pollution…

In January, Barack Obama promised in his inaugural address to “restore science to its rightful place.” The pledge was a win for scientists everywhere, and particularly for those working in the US. But now, with the European Parliamentary (EP) elections at hand, whether Obama’s sentiments are shared by politicians worldwide remains to be seen. Last…

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Video: Exploding Wind Turbine

As Christian Reinboth reports on ScienceBlogs.de, at his energy blog Frischer Wind (“Brisk Wind”), unusually high winds in Denmark on Monday tore the rotor from a turbine on a wind-power farm in Hornslet. The turbine failed spectacularly, exploding mid-spin and scattering parts across the landscape below. Click the image below to view two short videos…

As the New York Times reports today, the British government has introduced a sweeping bill that would cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2050. Read the article, or watch Britain’s environmental minister, David Miliband, introduce the bill on YouTube: