Conservation & Green Economy

Tainted Water From Gas Wells, Not Fracking

Fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of the states of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds.


Duke Energy, Strata Partner on Big Solar Project

Duke Energy will partner with Strata Solar to develop the largest solar power center east of the Mississippi.


Texas Textbooks Defy Science on Climate Change

Proposed Texas textbooks claim the cause climate change is controversial, although 97 percent of climate studies in peer-reviewed journals credit humans with being the chief drivers of global warming.


Climate Change Could Cost More Than Thought

Economists are trying to zero in on the true cost of changes in the environment in order to help set the price of emissions in a cap and trade or carbon tax scheme.


Raptors Flock to East Coast Skies

The magnificent fall migration of raptors has begun, and it's going to get better by the day until the action slows in mid-November.


Deforestation Increases in Brazil Amazonia

The destruction of the world's largest rain forest accelerated last year with a 29 percent spike in deforestation, according to the Brazilian government, in a reversal of gains seen since 2009.


Ozone Layer Recovering, Scientists Say

Earth's protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported.


Saltwater Powers Quant Electric Supercar

The all-electric Quant e-sports sedan prototype is powered by flow cells that use salt water to generate electricity, and can accelerate as fast as a Lamborghini Murcielago.


California Drought: Water Use Down in State

Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously -- though the Bay Area seem to be taking much more drastic measures than the Southland.


Climate Change Endangers Bird Survival: Audobon Study

Climate change will make survival of many bird species doubtful in much of the continental U.S., according to a study released this week by the National Audubon Society.


Congress Tries to Block EPA Oversight of Water

The House moved on Tuesday to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over upstream pollution of the nation's waterways.


Anti-Fracking Billboards Coming Down in Face of Lawsuit

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.


Climate Change: The Issue That Cannot Be Named

Big cities and small towns are shoring up dams and dikes, using roof gardens to absorb rainwater or upgrading sewage treatment plans to prevent overflows. They just don't want to talk about it.


Work Begins on Nevada Power Plant

Company and federal officials have marked the start of construction on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas.


Great Lakes Sanctuary to Be Expanded

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in northern Michigan has received federal approval to expand its size nearly tenfold and boost the preservation of scores of sunken vessels in an area of Lake Huron once known as "Shipwreck Alley."


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