At the site of the worst oil rig disaster in almost a decade, oil continued leaking nearly a mile underwater as of April 25. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20 about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast as it was capping a discovery well pending production, company officials said. Eleven workers on board at the time remain missing and are presumed dead; 115 were rescued.
The Vatican will help fund a research study into the potential use of adult stem cells to treat intestinal and possibly other diseases, officials announced April 23. The research study, now in a preliminary stage, is being carried out by a group of American and Italian scientists led by the University of Maryland's School of Medicine.
For millions of environmental activists the Compact Fuorescent Light bulb (CFL) has become a popular mascot rivaling the World Wildlife Fund's panda bear symbol. Corporations, governments, and NGOs have jumped on board General Electric's green CFL bandwagon, singing the praises of the now-familiar curly lamps.
Be nice to the tree huggers today: It has been a rough year for the jolly green juggernaut since the last Earth Day, and like something out of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, the extreme edge of the environmental movement has been throwing itself beneath the wheels of climate change.
Polls consistently show that Americans think well of obtaining electrical power from the sun. It’s free, and there’s so much of it. All we have to do is capture a tiny fraction of what falls on Earth, and our energy needs are met. Or so the story goes.
The Heartland Institute's fourth International Conference on Climate Change is scheduled to take place in Chicago May 16-18 and will feature more than 27 foreign experts from a dozen nations.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson attracted international attention when, having apparently become bored waiting for the messy process of representative government to weigh the merits of the Obama administration’s “cap and trade” scheme, simply declared the release of carbon dioxide to be a dangerous emission.
At last December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, former Vice President Al Gore shrilly proclaimed that “The entire polar ice cap ... could be completely ice free within the next five to seven years.” As implausible as Gore’s claim already was at the time, recent developments in the arctic have only served to make the fear of an ice-free polar zone all the more absurd.
In an important action defending freedom of speech on the Internet, the U.S. Court of Appeals has struck down an attempt by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose its will on the nation’s largest Internet provider.