China’s new environment law submitted to parliament

Reuters: Amendments to China’s 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country’s parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday. The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, will consider the amendments during its latest bimonthly session, which runs until Thursday this week, Xinhua said. The first change to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing’s newly declared…

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Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers

Wired: On a stunning cloudless day in the Nevada desert, Lisa Jackson stands with her back to an array of advanced solar cells, peering across a low chain link fence at NV Energy’s Fort Churchill Power Generating plant just a few hundred yards away. The 1960s vintage facility has two giant boilers rising from the scrub brush, belching steam and god knows what else.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

National Public Radio: On a recent afternoon on the main drag of Orange Grove, Calif., about a dozen farm workers gathered on the sidewalk in front of a mini-mart. One man sits on a milk crate sipping a beer. A few others scratch some lotto tickets.

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California’s Drought Ripples Through Businesses And Even Schools

National Public Radio: Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California’s Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations. Michael’s multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons.

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Research casts doubt on global warming benefits of biofuels made cornfield waste

Associated Press: Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

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It’s Final — Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

Forbes: OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own.

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Mississippi dams aren’t to blame for flood risks

New Scientist: Maybe the Mississippi river delta isn’t doomed after all.

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Climate changes visible by ZIP code with new online tools

USA Today: With the click of a computer mouse, the potential risks of rising sea levels will soon be searchable – by ZIP code – for all U.S. coastal communities. An online mapping tool will show how much sea levels are expected to rise in each area, as well as the number of residents and buildings that could be flooded.

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In Indonesia, new Riau burning season threatens

Reuters: One of Indonesia’s most unique biosphere reserves is at risk of being destroyed by forest fires unless local and national government can work together to save it, a UNESCO expert says. Covering around 700,000 hectares of the Bengkalis and Siak subdistricts of Riau province, Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 2009, in recognition of the way it balances conservation and sustainable use. Giam Siak is home to two wildlife reserves that provide a sanctuary…

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Federal Study: Biofuels worse than gasoline

Associated Press: Could ethanol be worse for the environment than gasoline? A new study says yes

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