Watchdog has concerns with projects at US nuclear repository

Watchdog has concerns with projects at US nuclear repository

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — There’s no way of knowing if cost increases and missed construction deadlines will continue at the only US underground nuclear waste repository, according to independent federal investigators, according to results of a federal watchdog report made public Tuesday. The Government Accountability Office outlined the concerns in its reportnoting that the US … Read more

Court rules Australian minister has no climate duty of care

Court rules Australian minister has no climate duty of care

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday overturned a groundbreaking ruling that Australia’s environment minister had a duty to protect younger people against climate change. Three Federal Court judges ruled for a variety of reasons that the court should not impose on Environment Minister Sussan Ley a duty of care. Eight Australian teenagers … Read more

Will NJ wave hello to a new source of energy from the ocean?

Will NJ wave hello to a new source of energy from the ocean?

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers want to harness the power of the ocean’s waves to create a new source of clean electricity, and several companies say they are eager to build projects there. Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak plans to introduce legislation soon that would add wave energy to New Jersey’s energy master … Read more

Hope, hard reality mix in Japanese town wrecked by disaster

Hope, hard reality mix in Japanese town wrecked by disaster

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — Yasushi Hosozawa returned on the first day possible after a small section of his hometown, Futaba, reopened in January — 11 years after the nuclear meltdown at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi plant. It has not been easy. Futaba, which hosts part of the plant, saw the evacuation of all 7,000 residents … Read more

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In southwestern Pennsylvania, eight locks and dams that for decades helped barges move goods along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers will in a few years also generate enough power for 75,000 homes. Rye Development, a Boston-based hydropower company, is retrofitting the dams with turbines to generate electricity and says the upgraded … Read more

Iconic African game to be focused at world wildlife conference

Iconic African game to be focused at world wildlife conference

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Iconic African wildlife such as elephants, big cats and rosewood trees will be central to discussions of the World Wildlife Conference slated for Panama later this year. The standing meeting of the UN wildlife trade body, called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which met all of last week … Read more