Conservation & Green Economy

$1 Trillion in Tariffs May Be Lifted on Environmental Goods

Diplomats from the U.S., China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.


Antarctic Winds Quicken Melting of Ice

Increasingly westerly winds in the Antarctic are hastening polar ice melting and contributing to sea level rise, a researcher says.


U.S. Moves to Protect Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threated four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favored as an ingredient in shark fin soup.


SunEdison Buys Stake in Solar Power Plant Operator

SunEdison Inc. said Thursday that it bought a 50 percent stake in solar energy plant operator Silver Ridge Power for about $178.6 million in cash.


Feds to Clean Site of 1976 'Atomic Man' Accident

The infamous room where a worker earned the nickname 'Atomic Man' after being exposed to massive radiation is slated for cleanup.


Wind Industry Gains Strength in Michigan

The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a major reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.


Cousteau to End 'Mission 31' in Florida Keys

Fabien Cousteau and his team of scientists and filmmakers are preparing to return to land after a month underwater in the Florida Keys.


NASA Scrubs Launch of Carbon-Monitoring Satellite

A failure in ground equipment has postponed the launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change.


California Low-carbon Rule Survives Legal Challenge

One of the centerpieces of California's fight against global warming survived a significant legal challenge Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit brought by oil-industry and out-of-state farm groups.


New York Towns Win Fracking Case

New York state laws regulating hydraulic fracturing don't bar towns from using zoning to ban the process, the state court of appeal said Monday.


Conservationists Testing Oregon Coast for Radiation

Three years after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook Japan and caused radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant to enter the Pacific Ocean, conservationists along the U.S. Pacific coast are worried.


U.S. to Remove Penalties for Eagle Deaths

A deal with federal officials will make a California wind farm the first in the country to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades.


Feds Could Delist Humpback Whales

A petition filed by Alaska to remove some North Pacific humpback whales from protection under the Endangered Species Act merits a closer look, federal officials said Wednesday.


Does Oil Drilling Cause Earthquakes?

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Now they're commonplace.


Businesses Begin Weighing Costs of Climate Change

Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to the nonpartisan Risky Business report.


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