Tech & Science
This Week's Edition
The Coal, Hard Facts
U.S. attempts to cut emissions will be so much hot air unless China signs on
A Supreme Court Victory for Polluters
The highest court says North Carolina residents can’t sue the corporation that poisoned their water
Is It Too Late to Save Our Cities From Sea-Level Rise?
One scientist predicted the melting of West Antarctica over 40 years ago
America’s Invisible Trolley System
Light rail projects in the U.S. are being killed by greed, prejudice and a misguided obsession with cars
Canada Bars Its Meteorologists From Mentioning Climate Change
Government scientists “speak to their area of expertise,” a government spokesman recently wrote
EPA Plan Will Slash Power Plant Carbon Dioxide Emissions 30 Percent by 2030
The United States on Monday formally announced a significant new plan to cut carbon emissions from the power sector dramatically over the next 16 years
When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada's Clark County for extinction
Earth Heading for Another Mass Extinction, Scientists Warn
Five times in the history of the Earth, mass extinction events have wiped out the vast majority of life. Now it appears to be happening again
Kill the Plough, Save Our Soils
No-till farming could increase farm yield and ease climate change. But there’s a catch.
Greenpeace Activists Board Statoil Rig in Norwegian Arctic
Banners reading "No Arctic Oil" and "Stop Statoil's Arctic Race" were hung from the rig
Antarctic Ice Melt Has 'Passed the Point of No Return'
Scientists say six glaciers in Antarctica are melting quickly and could cause global sea levels to rise even more
White House Report: Climate Change Is Already Here, and Is Going to Get Worse
Even if we cut emissions now, the average temperature is expected to rise 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100
Sustainability requires less growth, more optimization. And can I borrow your mower?
Money Growing on Trees
Cities are learning that planting trees saves dollars and lives
Dutch Police Storm 'The Rainbow Warrior'
The Greenpeace ship was taken over by the police while trying to block delivery of oil from a Russian drilling rig in the Arctic
New Study Says Peru’s Logging System Fails to Protect Amazon Hardwoods
A system of concessions introduced in 2000 was supposed to bring order to the logging business in Peru
Throw Out Your Parking Pass
A new car-share system could change the urban landscape
The Garbage Eaters
Those vile islands of trash in the ocean have become a breeding ground for extraordinary new life forms
Duke Energy Wants to Pass on Pond Cleanup Charges to Customers
While it will pay for a recent leak, the company says its customers should bear the cost of other coal slurry storage
Court Tells BP It Will Have to Spill More Money
A court in New Orleans has upheld a previous decision ruling that BP needs to pay businesses for losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP has said some claims might not be connected with the disaster
Weeks Old Coal Mine Fire Burns on in Australian Town
Elderly people, young children and pregnant women were advised to evacuate Morwell
Wildcatting in Panther Country
Prospectors are looking for untapped regions in areas like Florida, near a habitat for an endangered panther
As Bee Populations Vanish, USDA Tries to Keep Them Fed
A new initiative tries to give bee colonies the food they need in a sea of corn, soybean and cotton
What Happens When a Town Runs Out of Water?
Life in Lompico just keeps getting drier
The Many Disasters Behind the West Virginia Chemical Disaster
Regulators face questions as residents deal with drinking water with a licorice-like chemical smell
Pollution’s Circle Game
The latest export from China: dirty air, drifting across the Pacific
A Change in the Legal Climate
As a nasty libel suit moves closer to trial, it’s suddenly getting very hot for some prominent global-warming skeptics
West Virginia Chemical Spill Triggers Widespread Tap Water Ban
Up to 300,000 people are without tap water after a chemical spill prompted Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency.
You Can’t Buy Press Like This
A Chinese billionaire comes to town to acquire The New York Times. Or CNN