Up to Speed: Two Months, One Page
Beyond "Beyond Petroleum": BP quietly shutters its alternative-energy division.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) calls for 100 new nuclear power plants by 2030.
Ontario, Canada, cancels a plan to build two nuclear power plants after the sole bid comes in three times higher than expected.
More than 40 million acres of public land are protected from development after the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit restores the Clinton-era "roadless rule," which the Bush administration blocked.
Interior secretary Ken Salazar nixes new uranium mining on 1 million acres of public land around the Grand Canyon.
Salazar's attempt to protect Appalachian streams from mountaintop-removal coal-mining waste is struck down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
North Carolina protects its mountaintops-from wind turbines. By a vote of 42 to 1, the state senate bans large turbines from windy mountaintops and ridgelines on the grounds that they're ugly.
The North Carolina senate also rejects unsightly clotheslines, killing a bill guaranteeing a "right to dry" clothes outside. Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont have passed clothesline-protection bills this year.
Bolivia bans animals in circuses.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals seeks to rename fish "sea kittens."
A Berlin brothel offers discounts for customers arriving by bicycle or public transportation.
Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere should be capped at 350 parts per million. The last IPCC report, in 2007, set a target of 450 ppm. The current level is 387.
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