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Maison Martin Margiela launches wallpaper range

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:04

The Paris-based fashion brand has worked with luxe wallpaper company Omexco on a new line of home decoration. Founded in 1976, Belgian wallpaper company Omexco print using solar energy, recycling their waste and using materials made from recycled fibers.

Lottery officials wait for winner of $425 million Powerball to step up

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 13:29

Lottery officials were waiting on Thursday to hear from the holder of the single winning ticket for a $425.3 million Powerball prize bought in Northern California, a day after announcing the sixth highest jackpot drawing in U.S. history. The winning ticket in the nationwide game was bought at a Chevron gas station in Milpitas, California, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Lottery, said he did not expect the holder of the Powerball ticket to come forward on Thursday, but lottery officials would hold a news conference later at the gas station.

Bones examined from Chevron fire site in Pennsylvania

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:10
By Elizabeth Daley Pittsburgh (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania coroner was attempting on Thursday to extract DNA from bone fragments thought to belong to a contractor who was working at a Chevron natural gas well when it exploded in Greene County last week. Ian McKee, 27, from Morgantown, West Virginia, was reported missing after the Lanco 7H well exploded on February 11, causing a fire that raged for five days and kept emergency crews from approaching the scene. The bone fragments, burnt during the blaze, were recovered on Wednesday. Chevron said that no drilling or fracking was taking place when the incident occurred, but it has no detail on the cause.

BP America prez: getting closer to EPA agreement

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 09:06
The head of BP America Inc. says he believes the company is moving closer toward once again being allowed to bid on federal contracts. Company president and CEO John Minge said Wednesday — without giving ...

2 solar projects approved in California, Nevada

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 08:55
Federal officials announced the approval of two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada, angering environmentalists who say the facilities will endanger desert tortoises. The plants ...

Japan to include nuclear power in mid-term energy policy: source

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 02:52

Japan will incorporate nuclear power in its mid-term energy policy, citing it as an "important base load" energy source, and aims to approve the plan at a cabinet meeting in March, a source close to the matter told Reuters. The Japanese public remains divided over nuclear power nearly three years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 set off triple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, some 220 km (130 miles) north of Tokyo. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, has been plagued by a series of mishaps including radioactive water leaks and power outages. It still remains unclear when any of Japan's 48 nuclear reactors can be restarted as it faces stringent checks by an independent regulator.

Science Says: Arctic Is Getting Darker, Absorbing More Heat

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:56
Climate scientists have hypothesized for decades that melting sea ice at the North Pole hastens global warming by decreasing the amount of heat from the sun that’s reflected back into space. According to a new study conducted at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, between 1979 and 2011 the average levels of Arctic albedo—the technical term for the fraction of solar energy reflected from Earth’s surface—decreased from 52 percent to 48 percent.  “That is big—unexpectedly big,” said Ian Eisenmen, a climate scientist and coauthor of the study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The amount of heat produced by this loss in albedo is equal to “roughly 25 percent of the average global warming currently occurring due to increased carbon dioxide levels,” reports Live Science.

The World's Largest Solar Energy Plant Is Also a Massive Death Ray for Birds

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:41

Last week, the largest solar energy plant in the world opened in California's Mojave Desert and things are already taking a not-so-unexpected turn for the worse.  The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is made up of three massive generators, and covers about 5 square miles of land close to the California-Nevada border. Ivanpah is on federal land, but is owned by private companies, including NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google. Brightsource earned a coveted $1.6 billion federal grant to invest in the project. The plant is designed to power 140,000 homes with nearly 400 megawatts of energy — a possible game changer in the clean energy sphere.

Wall Street mixed, with Fed minutes on tap

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 09:56

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday amid caution ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting, and as investors brushed off weak housing data. The Dow Jones industrial average index rebounded after underperforming the broader market in the previous session, led by gains in Chevron and American Express . U.S. housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years in January, likely due to harsh winter weather, though the third month of declines in permits pointed to some underlying weakness in the housing market.

Average gas prices up 4 cents in W.Va.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 09:54
Average gasoline prices in West Virginia rose 4 cents in the past week. AAA East Central says the price of a gallon of regular averaged $3.47 statewide. That's 39 cents cheaper than a year ago. Prices ...

Dam project draws attention to renewable goal

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:22
In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska's electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest ...

Survey: Gas prices up 2 cents in a week in RI

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:16
Gasoline prices have edged up by 2 cents a gallon in the past week in Rhode Island. AAA Southern New England said Monday the average price for self-serve, regular unleaded increased to $3.48 per gallon. ...

Ohio gas prices up to start week

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 09:15
Ohio motorists who've filled up in the last couple days will have noticed that gas prices are rising. The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.44 in Monday's survey from auto club ...

Shareholders approve Nigeria's Oando capital raising plans

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 07:55
Nigerian energy firm Oando said on Tuesday is shareholders had approved plans to raise 250 billion naira through a combination of rights issues, bonds and global depository receipts. The oil and gas company said the extra ordinary general meeting of its shareholders also agreed to increase its share capital base to 7.5 billion naira, from 5 billion naira previously. Last month Oando announced plans to raise 250 billion naira to fund a $1.79 billion acquisition of a ConocoPhillips Nigerian oil field, causing Oando's shares to fall sharply.

Explosive found in carry-on bag at Anchorage airport

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 14:36

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Security agents at Alaska's largest commercial airport closed the lone security checkpoint for nearly two hours on Sunday after discovering an oil field worker packing an explosive device. The "possible threat item" was detected as the passenger's carry-on bag was being screened at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Sunday afternoon, said Ann Davis, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman. The passenger had a ticket to fly on Shared Services Aviation, a joint service between energy companies ConocoPhillips and BP, which transports employees and contractors.

Kerry warns of bleak future in call to arms on climate change

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:54

US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday issued a clarion call for nations to do to more to combat climate change, calling it "the world's largest weapon of mass destruction". Talking to a crowd of Indonesian agriculture, energy and marine students, he said the country and Southeast Asia were "on the frontlines of climate change". "It's not an exaggeration to say to you that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk," Kerry said at a US-run cultural centre in Jakarta, in a speech also fed live to hubs on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. He compared global warming to other threats such as terrorism or nuclear proliferation, in which countries must work together to make things safer, with the key being an informed energy policy.


Fri, 02/14/2014 - 13:15
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U.S. to pursue trade dispute over Chinese, Taiwanese solar imports

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:06
Imported solar energy products from China and Taiwan could harm the local solar industry, U.S. trade officials found on Friday, potentially opening the door to widening the duties on the products. The U.S. International Trade Commission's decision means the Commerce Department will continue with its investigation into whether the products are being sold in the United States below their fair value, or if their manufacturers receive inappropriate levels of subsidies, and suggest duties. Follow-up decisions from both the ITC and the Commerce Department are needed before duties are finalized. The commissioners voted that there was a reasonable indication of injury, following a complaint brought by the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG .

Nuclear power company to consider plant closures

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 09:31
The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable cannot be found. ...

Veteran Republican US Rep. Doc Hastings to retire

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:49

SEATTLE (AP) — Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who represented central Washington for two decades and was a key voice in public lands and energy policy, announced Thursday he'll retire at the end of the year.