Conservation & Green Economy

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.


Water Contamination From Drilling Confirmed

Water pollution from oil and gas drilling was confirmed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.


Australia Racks up Hottest Year on Record

Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, enduring the longest heatwave ever recorded Down Under as well as destructive bushfires.


Bakken Formation Oil Doesn't Faze North Dakotans

Monday's fiery train wreck in Casselton, N.D., is providing fuel for advocates of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Calif. Bullet Train Avoids Derailment

Officials overseeing California's high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, despite recent court rulings against the project.


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