Environmental Watch

Keeping an eye on the environment


Judge Rules BP Was Reckless in Gulf Oil Spill

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has come back to haunt British Petroleum (BP) once again: a U.S. judge has ruled that BP’s recklessness caused the 2010 massive oil spill. BP already agreed to pay billions of dollars in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster, but now the company may face up to $18 billion in civil penalties under the Clean Water Act.

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Tesla Could Win Big By Moving to Nevada

Tesla Could Win Big By Moving to Nevada

The Silver State could be just the place Tesla is looking for to create an even more innovative, energy efficient electric car. Reportedly, Nevada is offering the electric car maker $1.3 billion in tax breaks along with other financial incentives spanning a 20 year period, if Tesla aggress to set up shop there.Tesla-model-s

State lawmakers have yet to approve tax breaks and incentives, but Governor Brian…

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Is Global Warming on Hold? Atlantic Ocean Theorized to Trap Missing Heat

Is Global Warming on Hold? Atlantic Ocean Theorized to Trap Missing Heat

Global Warming

The effects of global warming on nature via Shutterstock.

While rising temperatures throughout the world are still occurring, according to some experts, rapid warming has flat-lined, or “paused” since the late 1990s.  Even as gas emissions have significantly risen, heat has seemed to escape somewhere.  However, “Where to?” is the question that has many scientists confounded.  According to two…

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Ghana Cholera Outbreak Causes Over 5,000 Infections Since June

Ghana Cholera Outbreak Causes Over 5,000 Infections Since June

Ghana, Africa

Ghana, Africa IMG: via Shutterstock

This summer, there has been an outbreak of cholera in Ghana, which has killed at least 67 people and infected more than 5,000 others since June. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) said the outbreak was mostly centered in economically downcast communities in urban areas, which lack adequate toilets. These communities are most prominently located in the southern part…

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Mojave Solar Plant Killing Birds in Mid-Air

Mojave Solar Plant Killing Birds in Mid-Air

Mojave Desert solar plant

A solar plant in the Mojave Desert is inadvertently killing thousands of birds every year.
Image: Ivanpahsolar.com

There is a massive solar energy plant in the Mojave Desert that typically provides many environmental benefits, but lately there seems to be a new environmental concern associated with the plant. The solar energy facility, which is a joint project between NRG Energy, BrightSource…

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Alaskan Environmental Groups Fight Back Against Massive Timber Sale

Alaskan #Environmental Groups Fight Back Against Massive Timber Sale

Tongass Timber

The Sawtooth Rainforest, a temperate rainforest that forms part of the Tongass National Forest, just outside Skagway, Alaska. IMG: Kevin Harber via Flickr CC.

The infamous Tongass timber warthat was dormant for many years may be reigniting again soon in southeast Alaska. The massive, multi-year Big Thorne project proposed by the U.S. Forest Service would harvest tens of millions of board feet of…

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Environmental Delays Hit Coal India’s Plan for 20 Mines

Environmental Delays Hit Coal India’s Plan for 20 Mines

A coal mine in India.

Coal India faces setbacks acquiring land and environmental clearances.
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Coal India was delayed this week in their plan to build twenty new coal mine projects due to difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances. The coal minister made this announcement earlier this month.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is struggling to pull through on his campaign promise to…

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Environmental Regulations in California May be Waived for Tesla

#Environmental Regulations in California May be Waived for #Tesla

Tesla

Tesla IMG: Katherine Welles / Shutterstock.com

Elon Musk and Tesla are in the planning phases for establishing a Gigafactory, which has ensued a bidding war. The factory was originally set to be near Reno, Nevada, but now several other states have joined the bidding war for the honor, including California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

California really is pursuing the factory, trying to win…

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Big Businesses Up the Ante in Environmentally Focused Corporate Social Responsibility

Big Businesses Up the Ante in Environmentally Focused Corporate Social Responsibility #CSR

CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility. IMG: via Shutterstock.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is something that many major corporations have always put an enormous emphasis on, but CSR programs with a focus on the environment are relatively new. Happily, more big businesses are beginning to embrace environmentally focused CSR, which not only allows for the clout of major corporations to improve…

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Water Supply in Toledo Still Suspended

Water Supply in #Toledo Still Suspended #environment

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio IMG: via Shutterstock.

In Toledo, Ohio, population 400,000, the mayor recently instructed citizens to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. The city officials issued a warning earlier this month explaining that tests showed a reading of microcystin above the standard for consumption. The algae on Lake Erie are assumed to have caused the toxin.

Interestingly, the city advised…

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