Sunday, May 29, 2011
* A Harvard study finds that traffic congestion in the USA's 83 largest urban areas last year led to more than 2,200 premature deaths and a related public health cost of at least $18 billion (USA Today).
* New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie announced that the state will withdraw from the northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, by year's end (NJ.com).
* Switzerland, in the wake of Fukushima Daiichi, has called for a permanent ban on nuclear power within its borders, including eventual decommissioning of its five existing nuclear power plants (NPR).
* Exxon and Chevron shareholders called for, but failed to adopt, a resolution seeking greater transparency about the processes and chemicals used by the companies for natural gas fracking (Wall Street Journal).
* NOAA declined to grant endangered or threatened status to the Atlantic bluefin tuna (NY Times).
* Google and Citigroup, Inc. each pledged to invest $55 million in the "Alta Wind Energy Center in southern California." The wind farm will be the largest in the country when completed (Wall Street Journal).
* On May 25, the Texas Senate passed a bill that would require hydraulic fracturing companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The bill differs from a somewhat similar bill passed earlier by the House.