2012 May Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
May, 2012
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The May issue of Environment & Climate News reports on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would effectively ban the construction of coal-fired power plants.

Also in this issue:

  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has voted against a proposed wind farm.
  • Construction of BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah solar power project in the Mojave Desert is destroying the habitat of threatened desert tortoises.
  • The National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies, says EPA is underestimating the costs of nutrient restrictions it is imposing on Florida waters.
  • Rising levels of ground-based ozone in the western United States are caused by emissions in Asia transported across the Pacific Ocean by westerly winds, according to a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
  • Green jobs programs enacted by various states are causing economic harm on an economy-wide basis that outweighs the limited economic benefits within the “green” energy sector, according to a newly published study by the nonpartisan State Budget Solutions.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied a petition by environmental activists to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from food packaging.

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