Sunday, June 10, 2012

In Case You Missed It: The Week of June 3-9

* A new study by Chinese, British, and U.S. researchers indicates that Chinese carbon emissions may be as much as 20% higher than official estimates, a 1.4 billion ton gap in 2010.

* The Canadian Opposition party introduced hundreds of amendments to Bill C-38, the Conservative government's omnibus budget bill, which makes significant changes--protested by environmental groups--to Canadian environmental law.

* The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service announced that they will delay the sale of natural gas leases on 43,000 acres of the Talladega National Forest to allow for additional engagement of key stakeholders after many raised concerns over hydrofracturing and endangered species.

* The U.S. Department of Energy gave awards to nine universities to support their research on innovation and development of clean goal technologies.

* A Florida administrative law judge rejected a challenge by five environmental groups to the state's water pollution rules (the suit claimed that the rules inadequately controlled nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus).

* The Michigan State Senate passed changes to the state's sand dune protection laws that would make it easier to build in those areas.

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