Conservation & Green Economy

How to Fit Green Energy Into Your Portfolio

Energy firms are wrapping renewable energy projects that generate steady cash into "yieldcos" they hope will attract dividend hunters.


Acid Seawater Will Hit Alaska Hard

The release of carbon dioxide into the air from power plants and autos could pose a risk to Alaska fisheries, a new report says.


Rule Aims to Cut Emissions From Coal-fired Power Plant

The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a final version of a rule meant to cut haze-causing emissions from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West.


Insecticides Permeate U.S. Food, Water Supply

Nicotine-related insecticides widely used on crops are finding their way into the food we eat and the water we drink, two studies in the past two months have concluded.


Canada Oil Spill Would Reach Alaska, Russia

Arctic oil spills in Canada's western Arctic region would spread quickly and impact Alaska and even Russia, a study funded by the World Wildlife Fund says.


Major Loss of Groundwater Seen in Southwest

Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for seven states and parts of Mexico.


Californians Favor Global Warming Rules, Unless Gas Goes Up

Californians continue to strongly support their state's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases -- until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new environmental survey.


Stop-Start Engines Save Gas, Reduce Emissions

Automatic stop-start systems in automobiles provide a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement in fuel economy and a similar reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions, according to new research from AAA.


New Safety Rules Proposed for Oil Trains

Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under U.S. regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year.


N.D. Pipeline Leak Could Take Years to Clean Up

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month was one of the largest oil field spills in state history.


New Orleans Joins Butt Recycling Program

In New Orleans, discarded cigarette butts are being turned into something useful as the first of 50 butt recycling receptacles was installed downtown on Monday.


World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Again

All 12 of the world's monthly heat records have been set after 1997, more than half in the last decade. All the global cold monthly records were set before 1917.


Chatham Shark Frenzy Gives Tourism a Boost

As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.


Oil Exploration Off US Eastern Coast Approved

The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.


EPA Could Restrict Huge Alaska Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery in Alaska.


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