Conservation & Green Economy

Pollution Allowances Get Tentative OK in California

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley ruled Assembly Bill 32 gave the Air Resources Board discretion to decide whether to adopt a cap-and-trade program and design the method for distributing pollution allowances.


Concerns Linger Over GMO Wheat

Months after the discovery of genetically engineered wheat growing in eastern Oregon sent a shudder through the state's export markets, federal investigators appear no closer to discovering how the "Roundup Ready" plants got sown in the first place.


Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant to Close

Entergy Corp. will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station because it's no longer financially viable.


Gulf Oil Settlement Program Rejects BP's Claims of Fraud

The administrator for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico said BP's claims of fraud in the program are unfounded.


Toxic Mercury in Pacific Ocean Fish Predicted to Rise

Levels of the toxic mercury in Pacific Ocean fish will likely rise in coming decades, much of it coming thousands of miles from Asia, researchers say.


Environmental Treasures of Mexico Highlighted

A traveling photo exhibit of Mexico's environmental treasures is on display at the Yuma Art Center through Oct. 3.


Touring D.C. by Electric Bike

In a nod to the heat of summer in Washington, a local e-bike firm has begun offering electric-bike tours of the National Mall and memorials.


Old California Delta Maps Go Online

Because of ongoing litigation over the California Delta, the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum has put more than 200 old maps online.


Green Effort Saves Green at GM Toledo

General Motors has cut the amount of energy it takes to build a transmission at its Toledo plant by 27 percent over the last three years.


Acidizing May Replace Fracking in Calif. Oil Fields

Fracking has yet to unleash an oil boom in California, but pumping powerful acids underground may be more effective at freeing oil locked in the state's Monterey shale petroleum deposits.


Beekeepers Find New Revenue Amid Hive Collapse Disorder

Billions of bees are needed to pollinate California's $3.9 billion almond crop, and D&J Apiary earns a big payoff trucking its hives each February to the San Joaquin Valley.


Tepco Admits Radioactive Flow Into Pacific From Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimated massive amounts of radioactive material have flowed into the Pacific Ocean, raising fears about the harm to marine life.


Calif Tries to Limit Carcinogen in Drinking Water

California is the first state to propose limiting chromium-6, a carcinogen found throughout the state, but environmentalists say the recommended standard is too lax.


Lizard's Fate Depends on Oil and Gas Foundation

A deal between the federal government and Texas to save the dunes sagebrush lizard from extinction may have done more to shield energy companies from scrutiny than to protect the denizen of the West Texas oil field.


High-speed Rail Challenges, Opportunities

A University of California report describes the state's embattled bullet-train proposal as an opportunity for environmental and economic benefits in the San Joaquin Valley.


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