Conservation & Green Economy

Keystone XL Clears Environmental Hurdle

The Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada moved closer to completion Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction.


California Fishing Streams Closed as Drought Worsens

California wildlife officials have banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams as a result of low water flows caused by the ongoing drought, with more such closures expected in coming weeks.


LA Joins Major Cities in Reducing Building Pollution

Los Angeles is joining with nine major cities in an ambitious effort to cut greenhouse gases by improving efficiencies that reduce pollution in buildings, it was announced Wednesday.


Wells, Reservoirs Running Dry in California

As California's drought deepens, 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said.


Monarch Migration May Disappear

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year, leading experts to announce that the insects' annual migration from the U.S. and Canada is in danger of coming to an end.


Solar Panels Sprout in Minnesota Cities

Minneapolis, St. Paul and about 30 other Minnesota communities have installed solar equipment on city property, according to Xcel Energy, which provides rebates on modest-sized solar panels.


Alaskans Shrug Off Valdez Avalanches

Alaskans in Valdez are shrugging off a highway closure caused by avalanches, pointing out that they get 325 inches of snow in a normal season anyway.


Lower Green Energy Costs Give Hope for Global Warming

Extreme weather events such as typhoon Haiyan and superstorm Sandy are proving a 'gamechanger' for public awareness of the threat posed by climate change, Al Gore said at the World Economic Forum on Friday.


Bono, Cameron Talk Global Warming at AP Panel

British Prime Minister David Cameron says eradicating poverty must go hand-in-hand with curbing global warming.


NTSB Concerned About Rail Shipments of Oil

Supporters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline say the risk of transporting oil by rail highlights the need for the pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.


States Discuss Labels on Genetically Altered Food

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.


W.Va. Water to Be Tested for 2nd Chemical

West Virginia officials said the water supply in nine counties must be tested for PPH that was mixed with a chemical that fouled much of the state's drinking water.


Emergency Drought Bill Sought for California

House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit California's drought-stricken Central Valley on Wednesday to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief -- and halting restoration of the San Joaquin River.


E.U. Relaxes Renewables Targets, Reaps Scorn

The European Union has shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its enthusiasm for fighting against global warming.


Japan Gets Defensive About Dolphin Slaughter

A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice.


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