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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.14.12

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

CLIMATE 

Research questions links between climate change and worse droughts (via Raw Story/Agence France-Presse)

Arctic sea ice melt ‘may bring harsh winter to Europe’ (via The Guardian)

Warmer temperatures have already made new USDA plant zone map obsolete (via Phys.org)

OIL 

Oil rises to $100 for first time since May after Fed stimulus (via Bloomberg)

Study shows bacteria gobbled 200,000 tons of BP oil during Gulf of Mexico spill (via Inhabitat)

EMISSIONS 

Businesses seek to block EU’s ban on harmful greenhouse gases (via BusinessGreen)

Researchers develop rapid method to measure carbon footprints (via Phys.org)

RENEWABLES 

Offshore wind named as key part of Europe’s maritime future (via Recharge)

Japan approves more than 33,000 renewable energy projects (via Revmodo)

UK wind sector hails record 4.1GW supply to its’ national grid (via Recharge)

An expiring tax credit threatens the wind power industry (via New York Times)

Wind energy at Cape Cod military base to save $1 million a year (via U.S. Air Force)

US solar industry anticipates utility backlash over net metering (via Renewable Energy World)

An argument over wind and tax credits (via New York Times)

Energy democracy: three ways to bring solar to the masses (via Grist)

Ocean energy flows to US grid for first time (via Earth Techling)

Maine floating turbine research on track as new study pushes offshore wind (via Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR 

Review of plan to restart San Onofre nuclear reactor could take months (via Los Angeles Time)

California grid operator plans alternate source for lost nuclear capacity (via Reuters)

CLEAN TECH 

Using white roofs to minimize Urban Heat Island effect could reduce rainfall (via The Atlantic)

“Cool pavement” technologies studied to address hot urban surfaces (via Phys.org)

NATURAL GAS 

Will the UK’s natural gas plan bust its national carbon targets? (via The Guardian)

Debt-plagued Chesapeake Energy to sell $6.9 billion worth of its holdings (via Washington Post)

Illinois industry, enviros gear up for legislative fight over fracking (via Midwest Energy News)

ENVIRONMENT 

Fisheries declared disasters on four US coasts (via Mother Jones)

New study shows how fast ice sheets can change (via Climate Central)

TAR SANDS 

British Columbia plans mass rally against Enbridge Gateway tar sands pipeline (via DeSmogBlog)

Enbridge faces fine for Ohio pipeline inspection process (via Chicago Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION 

New internal combustion engines promise 60 to 100 mpg (via Mother Nature Network)

US military places order for 1,500 Chevy Volt electric vehicles (via Green Car Reports)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Employees work harder when the company goes green, new study reports (via Inhabitat)

Blu, the Apple of green prefab homes, raises $60 million (via Forbes)

POLITICS 

Fossil fuel industry ads dominate TV in presidential campaign (via New York Times)

Fisker might have received complete $529 million loan under Paul Ryan’s plan (via Autoblog Green)

Romney energy adviser Hamm exceeded campaign-donation limits (via Reuters)

OTHER NEWS 

An additional listing of clean energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

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