Weather Environment

  • Natural Gas

    New pipelines and high storage levels will combine to prevent a repeat of 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted supply and prices spiked.

  • A forest burns during a backburn operation to fight the Wallow Firen in Nutrioso, Arizona.

    Wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres—an even considered rare 30 years ago—are now the rule rather than the exception, according to a 2008 paper by the National Center for Policy analysis.

  • FireIce, by GelTech Solutions

    With the ever-growing encroachment of people into formerly rural, wildfire-prone areas you have the recipe for disaster — and a potential opportunity for businesses with products designed to help homeowners cope with the fires.

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    Private-sector meteorologists are selling customized weather data to a myriad of enterprises — from agriculture to construction to transportation .

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    The House of Representatives has proposed legislation to cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by almost 20 percent and curtail its ability to tackle a wide range of pollution issues.

  • The summer heat is intense over most of the U.S. this week and the nation's power grid "is holding up" despite "some pretty serious load," Baird senior policy analyst Christine Tezak told CNBC Friday.

  • Can the Grid Take the Heat?

    As the temperatures rise, the air conditioners come on, but will the electric grid be able t handle the increased load? Insight with Caroline Dorsa, Public Service Enterprise Group chief financial officer.

  • A train transporting defense gear from Romania to Bulgaria was broken into and military equipment went missing, Romanian military prosecutors said in a statement on Sunday.

  • Southwest Airlines planes

    Southwest Airlines is known for its low-priced fares and unmatched profitability in the industry—38 profitable years in a row, according to the company. Part of the profitability comes from Southwest’s ability to get  airplanes in and out of the gate faster than its competitors.

  • Carbon Emissions

    A major American utility is shelving the nation’s most prominent effort to capture carbon dioxide from an existing coal-burning power plant, dealing a severe blow to efforts to rein in emissions responsible for global warming.

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    Forty years ago, Southwest Airlines made its debut as a small airline in Dallas, Texas, struggling to keep pace in the business. Today, Southwest is the top domestic carrier in the United States. But on the way to becoming the travel bellwether it is now, Southwest has been met with plenty of tension and turbulence.

  • Southwest suffers from the same ills that plague the rest of the industry: cycles of boom followed by bouts of financial Armageddon, severe competition, and overregulation. Our exception is attributable to the way our employees have responded to these challenges by taking care of each other and taking care of our customers.

  • Time to Pick Up Rio, BHP as Carbon Tax Bites: Analyst

    As Australian miners take a hit on the markets from the unveiling of the country’s carbon tax plan, one analyst says now is the time to buy shares of mining heavyweights Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

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    Unlike America, the Emirates are taking the future of energy and the current problems of pollution and climate change very seriously — both for environmental and solid business reasons.

  • The initial cleanup along the oil-fouled Yellowstone River could be tested Tuesday as rising waters make it harder for Exxon Mobil to get to areas damaged by the crude spilled from a company pipeline.

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    Prejudice in society undermines the development of human capital and could set back the recovery of economies hit by the financial crisis, according to a new report by UBS.

  • Natural Gas

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    Businesses in Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Vermont can rest easy knowing their workers enjoy the best quality of life.  Not so for Delaware, Louisiana, and Alabama, which ranked last this year.

  • The Green to Gold Business Playbook

    The authors say, "every business needs an eco-strategy. The “Green to Gold” discussion has changed from whether we need to adopt a green strategy to how."

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    The International Energy Agency is ready to release more oil onto the market if necessary, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the agency, told CNBC in an interview Friday morning.