One of the incentives some U.S. states are using to lure buyers to lower-emission vehicles is allowing them to drive without passengers in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) carpool lanes. For urban commuters this is an enticing offer, especially on traffic-choked highways around cities like Los Angeles and Atlanta.
U.S. energy regulators this week signed off on a fourth facility to export America’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies. The approval to build the Maryland facility comes amid growing pressure from natural gas proponents to expedite the shipment of LNG abroad — a move they say will help to squeeze even more profits from the U.S.
Oil prices tumbled by about 3 percent Tuesday after reports that OPEC production is surging higher than expected, slow manufacturing growth in China and Japan and the EU is dampening demand for oil, and traders are pulling out of contracts at the end of the quarter as the dollar reaches multiyear highs.
The New York Times unveiled plans for job cuts on Wednesday as part of a companywide restructuring intended to safeguard the newspaper’s long-term profitability. About 100 newsroom jobs will be eliminated, in addition to a smaller number of positions from the editorial and business operations. If the Times cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily, they will offer buyouts and resort to layoffs.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he doesn’t want Arab countries to participate in the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Abadi appeared to suggest that the Western nations bombing ISIS targets in Iraq were sufficient, although he didn’t give specifics as to why he didn’t want Arab countries bombing ISIS in Iraq.
A booming American cannabis industry has fostered a growing group of entrepreneurs looking to make millions from marijuana products. But even in states where recreational use is legal, enterprising business owners are seeing their profits go up in smoke due to another legal snag – the lack of protection for intellectual property.
World’s First Full-Scale Carbon Capture And Storage Project To Launch At Canada’s Boundary Dam Plant
The world’s first commercial-scale “carbon capture and storage” (CCS) project is set to launch this week at a coal-fired power plant in Canada. The $1.4 billion development marks a major milestone for the fledgling technology, which is seen as critical for cutting global warming pollution from fossil fuels.
As Arctic sea ice steadily vanishes, record numbers of walruses are forced to “haul-out” on northern Pacific beaches. Over the weekend, more than 35,000 of the flippered mammals were spotted on a beach near the village of Point Lay in northwestern Alaska — the largest gathering ever recorded by scientists working with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.