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Realizing Clean Energy Potential in the Caribbean

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With plenty of sun and steady trade winds from the east, the Caribbean is a natural home for renewable energy, including sources like geothermal, biomass and marine energy (World Bank). Yet, with few exceptions, Caribbean nations rely almost entirely on imported oil and diesel to meet their energy needs, which puts electricity prices in the […]

Killings of Indigenous Environmental Activists Continue

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Police in Honduras arrested three suspects last Wednesday in connection with the killing of environmental and indigenous rights activist Lesbia Janeth Urquia the previous week (AP). Urquia was the third victim from her organization, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), killed in the last four months, including internationally recognized activist […]

Nobel Laureates Challenge Greenpeace on GMOs

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At a news conference held last Thursday in Washington, D.C., a group of scientists urged Greenpeace to reverse its stance against genetically modified (GM) food crops (Reuters). In a letter signed by 109 Nobel laureates, the group defends the role of “precision agriculture,” or GMOs, in meeting rising global food needs (supportprecisionagriculture.org). They argue that […]

“Three Amigos” Set Clean Energy Goal

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North American leaders last week agreed to produce 50 percent of the continent’s electrical power using clean energy sources by 2025 (AP). U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto made the pledge at the North American Leaders’ Summit, said White House officials (NYT). The clean energy sources […]

European Natural Gas Market in Flux

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A global oversupply of natural gas may lead to direct competition between US gas producers and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom for share in European markets (Reuters 1). The EU has recently pushed to reduce Russian gas and oil imports, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently expressed concerns over a proposed Russia-Germany gas pipeline (Reuters […]

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Property Owners in Wetlands Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last Tuesday in favor of the right of property owners to challenge federal wetland protections under the 1972 U.S. Clean Water Act (C.W.A; Reuters 1). Under that law, private landowners must acquire a permit before beginning any development which may significantly impact a federally protected waterway. The federal government in recent […]