Conservation & Green Economy

Illinois Issues Fracking Rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient.

Duke Shuts Down Coal-burners in Ohio

Duke Energy says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

California Moves Toward Ban on Plastic Bags

California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Great Lakes Invaded by Bait Fish

Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

High Ozone Levels Found in Colorado Rockies

Researchers who examined air pollution along northern Colorado's Front Range said they were surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the mountains from urban and rural areas below.

Coral Put on Threatened Species List

The federal government is protecting 20 types of coral by putting them on the list of threatened species.

Burning Trash More Polluting Than Expected

Trash-burning is throwing more toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study.

Group Petitions to Shut Down Diablo Nuclear Plant

The Friends of the Earth environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle a California nuclear plant to review potential earthquake risks.

Fracking Pipleline Isn't Gushing Profits

Aqua America's $54 million investment in a pipeline to supply water for Marcellus Shale fracking operations has not exactly gushed profits as hoped.

Yellow Dragon Threatens Florida Citrus Industry

Florida's $9 billion citrus industry is facing its biggest threat yet in a little brown bug that's putting at risk the state's economy and very identity.

Chinese Coal Gas Boom Poses Climate Risks

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks send steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle.

Calif. Drought Could Lead to Better Water Policy

Years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's pump-as-you-please policy toward groundwater.

Drought, Wildfire, Invasive Species Threaten Lake Tahoe

Climate change, drought and catastrophic wildfires threaten iconic Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.

Faith Groups Divest From Fossil Fuels

A growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Rick Scott Under Fire From California Environmentalist

A California billionaire environmentalist is spending millions to attack Florida Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies.

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