United States The release of toxic chemicals into the environment increased 16 percent in the United States during 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest annual Toxics Release Inventory, UPI reported. The U.S. EPA may retest water in a Pennsylvania town for contamination from nearby natural gas drilling operations, Reuters reported. The EPA stated […]
Where are the world’s biggest sources of renewable energy? According to The Economist, while wind and solar power are growing strongly, hydropower — the biggest source of renewables — has only added 3 percent to capacity. The inventor of “waterless” fracking tells InsideClimate why his method could be a game-changer for the energy industry. We […]
An energy company has plans to withdraw water from the Ohio River, the potential site for a coal-to-liquid fuels conversion plant, which would be the first of its kind in the United States and the sixth in the world. Though it will bring jobs to the region, the proposal is facing strong opposition from environmental groups.
By: J. Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Director Posted on Friday, June 17, 2011
Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.
Clearly wary about the consequences of its rapid economic development on the environment, China has set a path over the next five years to reduce consumption of the two most important resources that power its economy— coal and water. The country plans to rein in water use and introduces new energy intensity reduction targets in pursuit of more sustainable economic growth, according to the draft proposal of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the master economic blueprint that will chart China’s development through 2015.