Conservation & Green Economy

Dian Fossey Honored with Google Doodle

Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to Dian Fossey, an American zoologist who studied and lived with gorillas in Rwanda for 18 years.


Cracks in Arctic Sea Ice Pump Mercury Into Food Chain

Cracks in arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pull atmospheric mercury down to the surface and into the food chain, U.S. scientists say.


TransCanada Threatens to Use Rail if Keystone Rejected

TransCanada's CEO said if the Obama administration doesn't approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline he'll look to the more dangerous alternative of building rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma.


Hispanics Oppose Coal Shipments to China

Hispanics may be a varied group, but they are united in their opposition to shipping coal to China from the West Coast, a new poll has found.


SolarCity Seeks Retail Investors for Cash

Solar panel installer SolarCity is turning to retail investors for cash, saying it plans to sell securities directly to individuals and others interested in investing in its rooftop solar systems.


Calif. Drought Puts Salmon, Steelhead at Risk

The sensitive populations of salmon and steelhead that spawn in Northern California's waterways are starting to suffer from the brutal drought threatening the state's water supplies.


California Not Ready to Declare Drought Emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday met with Central Valley farmers and water managers amid a growing push by politicians and business leaders for him to declare a drought emergency.


West Virginia Water Ban Partly Lifted

Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia still have to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water that was tainted by a chemical spill would soon be lifted.


Solar Center Planned for St. Louis

Ameren Missouri said Monday it will build a multimillion-dollar solar energy facility on a 19-acre site next to its electrical substation in O'Fallon, Mo.


Americans Becoming Weather Wussies

As the world warms, the U.S. is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week, so it seems more unprecedented than it really is.


West Virginia Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water

A West Virginia chemical spill that may have contaminated tap water has led officials to tell at least 300,000 people not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes.


EPA Moves to Require S. Calif. Offshore Fracking Reports

Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast will have to report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators.


E.U. Raises Price of Carbon Pollution

European businesses will pay more to burn fossil fuels this year after the 28-country European Union decided to fire up its carbon trading system.


Monsanto Profit Grows on GMO Soybeans

Monsanto reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings Wednesday on sales of biotech soybean seeds and its signature herbicide Roundup.


Is Natural Gas Boom in Trouble?

The natural gas field is increasingly dominated by shale reserves, but a backlash against hydraulic fracturing is spelling trouble for the extraction industry.


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