"June 5 News: More Than One Quarter Of UK Farmers Host Solar Or Wind Systems"
A round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post other links below.
More than a quarter of all UK farmers have not just green fields but “green” barns too, thanks to a surge in the use of solar panels and wind turbines. [Guardian]
Federal health officials recently issued a gloomy report noting that the percentage of Americans suffering from asthma reached a record high of 8.4 percent in 2010, up from 7.3 percent in 2001. [New York Times]
A pair of scientists have accused BP of an attack on academic freedom after the oil company successfully subpoenaed thousands of confidential emails related to research on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. [Guardian]
Vast national forest areas and scattered pockets of undeveloped lands in in West Virginia and Virginia are among the regions that would be resilient to drought, rising temperatures and other threats associated with climate change, according to a study released today by The Nature Conservancy. [WSLS News]
Texas, which is facing an electricity shortage, should let power prices rise sharply to give companies more incentive to build badly needed generating plants, experts said in a new report to state grid officials. [Wall Street Journal]
In a closely watched decision that could influence the path of other states, California regulators decided last month to effectively double the amount of solar power capacity eligible for net metering. [New York Times]
Solar power firms are betting that the nuclear crisis in Japan will become a game-changer for renewable energy in the world’s third largest economy, with new foreign entrants such as Canadian Solar looking to go toe-to-toe there with some of the biggest utilities in Asia. [Reuters]
Firefighters in southern New Mexico made slow progress Monday against the massive Gila wilderness fire, while crews in the northern part of the state worked to contain a lightning-sparked blaze in the Santa Fe National Forest. [USA Today]
Damage from climate change could cost Latin American and Caribbean countries $100 billion per year by 2050 if average temperatures rise 2C (3.6F) from pre-industrial levels, as is seen likely, a new report said on Tuesday. [Reuters]