Conservation & Green Economy
The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery in Alaska.
The White House on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover offshore oil deposits by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.
Russian scientists believe a 66-yard-wide crater discovered recently in northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.
Japan's nuclear regulator said two reactors at a nuclear power plant shut down in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown three years ago are safe enough to switch back on.
California makes wasting water a criminal infraction, subjecting water wasters to fines of up to $500 a day.
The Denton, Texas, city council rejected a bid Wednesday morning to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing despite wide public support for the measure.
Black bear sightings are on the rise thanks to an increase in population and are being spotted where they haven't been for generations.
Big ag data culled from drones and field sensors will fuel the next advancements in farm productivity, experts say.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded seven earthquakes in central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours, in seismic activity that some scientists attribute to hydraulic fracturing.
Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years, posing a dire problem for nuclear-powered nations.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries have been trying to shape the rules to their advantage in a series of meetings with the White House and PHMSA.
In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of the pipeline owner and its parent company.
A rupture of an underwater oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac would be "the worst possible place" for a spill on the Great Lakes, according to a University of Michigan researcher studying potential impacts of a spill.
A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, but company and tribal officials say the spill has been contained and hasn't affected drinking water.