Conservation & Green Economy

EPA Chief Says Obama, Agency Not Out to Destroy Coal Industry

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday cries that the Obama Administration is moving to wipe out the coal industry are hollow.

Coal Ash Dumps Emptied as N.C. Dithers

States across the country are finding uses for coal ash before it spreads as toxic sludge, as it did recently in North Carolina's Dan River -- and before regulation arrives in the not-so-distant future.

EPA May Choose Salmon Over Pebble Mine

The EPA announced Friday it is taking steps to protect the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery, the largest in the world, in a move that could veto the proposed Pebble mine even before developers formally submit plans.

Wisc. Proposes Major Renewable Energy Goal

Thirty percent of the electricity used in Wisconsin would have to come from renewable sources by 2030, according to a long-shot bill being introduced in the state legislature.

Calif. Drought Forces Farmland Out of Production

California water districts are anticipating that tens of thousands of agricultural acres will be fallowed as farmers funnel dwindling irrigation water to permanent crops.

Wind Turbines Propel Learning at WSUV

Thirty feet above the ground, the blades of five wind turbines rotated Tuesday as a slight breeze wafted through a field on the eastern border of the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

Mississippi River Reopened After Oil Spill

The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans after a weekend oil spill.

Future Is Bright for Chavez Solar Project

If everything goes according to plan, the solar panels at Santa Fe's Genoveva Chavez Community Center could be installed by the end of this year.

Calif. Almond Farmers Face Tough Choices

Almond farmers in California are letting orchards dry up and in some case tearing out their trees because of the drought.

High Court Climate Case Examine's EPA's Power

Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

DOT Outlines New Safety Regs for Oil Rail Transport

U.S. Transportation and railway officials announced a joint initiative Friday aimed at improving the safety of delivering crude oil across the nation by train.

Google Site Shows Deforestation in Real Time

Global Forest Watch allows users to watch and track deforestation all over the world -- like Google Earth, but with deforestation data, curated maps and in-depth reporting.

Answers to Global Warming Sought at Sea

The Earth clearly is gaining heat, but how the energy imbalance is affected by greenhouse gases, changes to the sun's output, natural climatic fluctuations and increases in particulate remain subjects of intense scientific study.

Keystone XL Blocked in Nebraska

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline to proceed through the state.

Hanford Site Fires Another Whistle Blower

Donna Busche, who raised safety concerns at the severely polluted Hanford nuclear weapons production site, has been fired -- the second whistle-blower fired by URS Corp. in recent months.

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