Conservation & Green Economy

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.


Will Technology Fix Climate Change?

Some scientists think technology could help overcome global warming and other issues the world faces.


Calif. Cracking Down on Recycling Fraud

Beginning Wednesday, California is cracking down on out-of-state recyclers -- a move that local companies welcome.


Wind-turbine Project to Bring Jobs

A clean energy project will bring 80 wind turbines to the Brownsville, Texas, area with the potential to power 55,000 average homes and create jobs.


Unlikely Coalition Opposes Solar Power Plant

A proposed California solar power plants is drawing concerns from an unlikely coalition.


Electric Cars Depreciate Faster

Plug-in electric cars will depreciate more dramatically over five years than their conventional counterparts.


Study: Human-induced Climate Change Threatens Plants, Agriculture

Human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than first believed to plants and global agriculture, a University of Florida scientist says.


Natural Gas Set to Dethrone Coal

Natural gas is expected to overtake coal to become the largest source of U.S. electrical generation by 2040.


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