Conservation & Green Economy

Cool Summer Means Bumper Soybean, Corn Crops

A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland combined with high-yield seeds means the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.

Boeing Will Wring Fuel From Tobacco

Aerospace giant Boeing says it's working with South African Airways and Dutch biofuel company SkyNRG to make aviation fuel from tobacco seeds.

Mercury Levels Increase in Oceans

Oceanic levels of mercury are two to three times what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.

Snow Missing From New Zealand Ski Slopes

Ski operators throughout New Zealand are feeling the effects of the country's warmest start to the Southern Hemisphere winter since record-keeping began in 1909.

What Caused Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Bloom?

A toxic bloom in Lake Erie left hundreds of thousands without safe water over the weekend. What is microcystin and how dangerous is it?

Colo. Governor Seeks Fracking Compromise

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has pitched a compromise on fracking to avoid a messy ballot fight, and called for a task force to deal with state energy development.

Toledo Lifts Water Ban

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

How to Fit Green Energy Into Your Portfolio

Energy firms are wrapping renewable energy projects that generate steady cash into "yieldcos" they hope will attract dividend hunters.

Acid Seawater Will Hit Alaska Hard

The release of carbon dioxide into the air from power plants and autos could pose a risk to Alaska fisheries, a new report says.

Rule Aims to Cut Emissions From Coal-fired Power Plant

The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a final version of a rule meant to cut haze-causing emissions from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West.

Insecticides Permeate U.S. Food, Water Supply

Nicotine-related insecticides widely used on crops are finding their way into the food we eat and the water we drink, two studies in the past two months have concluded.

Canada Oil Spill Would Reach Alaska, Russia

Arctic oil spills in Canada's western Arctic region would spread quickly and impact Alaska and even Russia, a study funded by the World Wildlife Fund says.

Major Loss of Groundwater Seen in Southwest

Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for seven states and parts of Mexico.

Californians Favor Global Warming Rules, Unless Gas Goes Up

Californians continue to strongly support their state's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases -- until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new environmental survey.

Stop-Start Engines Save Gas, Reduce Emissions

Automatic stop-start systems in automobiles provide a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement in fuel economy and a similar reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions, according to new research from AAA.

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