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The Grid: Energy, Resources, Environment, Sustainability | Bloomberg

Bloomberg BNA -- A Pennsylvania contractor has pleaded guilty in a federal court to falsely certifying that he had properly plugged abandoned oil wells in the vicinity of a proposed injection well as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Justice Department said.

Ronald A. Wright, a contractor who conducted abandoned well plugging operations for a Pleasantville, Pa., company on behalf of ARG Resources Inc., pleaded guilty Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to one count of making false statements.

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U.S. Coal Exports to South Korea Would Reduce CO2: Study

Bloomberg BNA -- Even as the shale-gas boom has dramatically changed America's energy mix and pricing, the U.S. still burns a lot of coal. Because the fleet of domestic coal-fired power plants includes many aging facilities, it isn't burned efficiently.

A study by researchers at Duke University and the University of Calgary has compared coal burning in the U.S. and South Korea and proposed a novel way to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. Given the “superior energy efficiency of South Korea's newer coal-fired power plants,” says Duke's Dalia Patiño-Echeverri, co-author of a paper published recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Korea derives far greater energy per ton of coal burned.

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The Incognito Caterpillar: Today's Top Reads  

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • Comet harpoons and cosmic sunsets: This summer in outer space (Bloomberg)
  • Tasmania prepares to tear up forestry peace deal (Guardian)
  • Incognito caterpillar threatens U.S. border (Scientific American)
  • Drought is causing the Western U.S. to rise like an uncoiling spring (CityLab)
  • E-cigarettes may help smokers quit, heart group says (Bloomberg)
  • We've already used up our ecological budget for 2014, and it's only August (Fast Company)
  • The Jargonaut: What's a Rossby wave? (Climate Central)
  • 'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off U.S. coast (BBC)
  • Winged warnings: Build for survival, birds in trouble from pole to pole (Environmental Health News)
  • China touts itself as winner in high-speed rail stakes (NY Times)

Visit www.bloomberg.com/sustainability for the latest from Bloomberg News about energy, natural resources and global business

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'Freedom From Everything'

We live in an era of constant distraction. The missions of our space explorers -- often in the works for a decade or more -- remind us that the great legs of humanity march at a different pace.

The explorers have been busy: A robot is preparing to harpoon a comet, a private company is making regular deliveries into space, and the International Space Station has its own 24-hour reality show. Space is even getting some pretty fancy landscaping.

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The Sexiest Space Mission

Rosetta 
The Rosetta spacecraft "woke up" in January after a record 957 days in hibernation. It rendezvoused with the... Read more »

Still Truckin' on Mars

The first sample of powdered rock. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop. The primary Mars mission:... Read more »

Saturn's Six-Sided Mysteries

Cassini finished its initial four-year mission to Saturn in 2008 and is now on its second extended mission, called Cassini Solstice. The Solstice... Read more »

Trees in Space

Edge of the Atmosphere
Japanese artist Azuma Makoto teamed up with JP Aerospace, “a volunteer-based DIY Space Program” that sends Earthly stuff to the edge of space.  They... Read more »

Risk to Birds: Today's Top Reads

Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:

  • India Court orders Uranium Corp. to probe deformities near mines (Bloomberg)
  • Cities' air problems only get worse with climate change (NY Times)
  • How sustainability creates revenue at Bloomberg (Guardian)
  • This skyscraper has a mini-city so you never have to leave (Fast Company)
  • Solar power poses lower risk to birds than cats or cars (Bloomberg)
  • Scraping the seafloor for fish harms biodiversity (Scientific American)
  • McConnell promises spending standoff over Obama's green agenda (National Journal)
  • The island nation that bought a back-up property (Atlantic)
  • Reducing NYC's carbon emissions one building at a time (GreenBiz)
  • Wind turbine syndrome? Courts aren't buying it (Climate Central)

Visit www.bloomberg.com/sustainability for the latest from Bloomberg News about energy, natural resources and global business

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About The Grid

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

Eric Roston, Editor
eroston@bloomberg.net

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor
trandall6@bloomberg.net

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