Conservation & Green Economy

USDA, Private Sector Team Up on Soil, Water Projects

The Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses and nonprofits on a five-year, $2.4 billion program to fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide.

Court Says EPA Not in Violation of Clean Air Act

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain.

U.S. Plants Prepare Long-Term Nuclear Waste Storage

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.

Green Jobs Are Growing in Idaho

Idaho created more new jobs in clean energy industries in the first quarter of 2014 than any other state, according to a nonprofit environmental advocate.

Center of Storm Intensity Shifting Away From Tropics

The latitude at which tropical cyclones reach their greatest intensity is gradually shifting from the tropics toward the more heavily populated temperate regions, according to a study published in the journal Nature.

Tom Steyer Sets Sights on Climate Change Deniers

Tom Steyer, environmentalist and billionaire, is setting his sights on Republicans who reject evidence of climate change, as his super PAC works to counteract a flood of spending by the Koch brothers.

Monterey Shale Oil Not Easy to Get At

The amount of oil that can be extracted from California's Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought, according to a new federal estimate.

How Much Does Clean Air Cost?

Switching from coal to natural gas to generate electricity has a long-term dividend of cleaner air, but can mean skyrocketing costs in the short term.

Hemp Offers an 'Extraordinary Income Opportunity': Ag Secretary

A farm bill signed into law by President Obama allows the industrial production of hemp, but the federal government effectively prevents California and Kentucky from getting seeds.

Climate Change Poses Severe Risks for Calif. Agriculture

California's giant agricultural industry faces dire consequences if it doesn't adapt to climate change, said a panel of 14 scientists and Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento.

Rising Sea Level Endangers Historic Sites

Cultural artifacts and historical sites in Alaska, Virginia and Hawaii are in danger of being inundated by rising seas, a new report says.

Think Global Warming Is Real? Pat Sajak Says You're an 'Unpatriotic Racist'

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak seems to think that "alarmists" warning about global warming are evil awful people. Or "unpatriotic racists," anyway, maybe as opposed to patriotic racists.

Expect More Fires as Global Warming Increases

The wildfires devastating Southern California offer a look ahead to a hotter future, according to scientists and federal and international reports.

SunPower's CEO, Tom Werner, Talks Solar's Next Big Thing

But the next big thing for the renewable energy industry is storage, and SunPower is about to add energy storage to its solar offerings. The Mercury News recently interviewed CEO Tom Werner in his San Jose office.

Surfriders Offers Water-Saving Garden Tips

Water from storm drains is a big contributor to ocean pollution, says the Surfrider Foundation, but its Ocean Friendly Gardens program offers some help on what to do.

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