There’s a new oil spill on the Mississippi River, after two oil barges collided with a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi early Sunday morning. [LA Times]
The barges, laden with crude oil, were being pulled by the tow boat Nature’s Way Endeavor when they hit the Vicksburg Railroad bridge and were damaged, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release.
One of the barges began spewing oil into the river, officials said. It was unclear how much oil was spilled. The U.S. Coast Guard said the source of the spill, a leaking tank filled with 80,000 gallons of crude oil, had been “contained.”
The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Vicksburg is in charge of the cleanup, and a stretch of the river was closed after the spill. A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Ryan Gomez, told the Associated Press that oil booms had been set up around the barges.
Brazil plans to launch a four-year census of trees in the Amazon to examine the impacts of deforestation, climate change, conservation efforts, and rain forest biodiversity. [The Guardian]
Britain launches a new long-term loan program to encourage homeowners to make their households more energy efficient and cut costs. [BBC News]
New technology and methods from AltaRock Energy, a Washington state-based company, could bring down the cost of constructing a geothermal plant by half. [Clean Technia]
The number of offshore wind turbines built in European is lagging behind targets by nearly 1,000 megawatts, or the equivalent of around 330 turbines, according to an industry report showed on Sunday. [Reuters]
Global investment in smart grid technologies climbed seven per cent last year to $13.9 billion, driven mainly by strong demand in the US and China. [BusinessGreen]