Category: Environment

Deaths of migratory birds lead to $300,000 settlement

Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.  More »

Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says

The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  More »

Feds shine more light on carbon cost estimates

Giving in to demands from the oil industry, business groups and their allies on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration on Tuesday formally released the calculations behind its new estimate of the costs tied to emitting carbon dioxide.  More »

Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances

A publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.  More »

Fracking bonanza eludes wastewater recycling investors

Cleaning up water in the oil patch is a tougher slog than many expected. Geology and water chemistry vary so much by location that no one has devised a cheap, one-size-fits-all technology to convince most producers to recycle.  More »

Activists to push DC fossil fuel investment ban

Environmental activists are planning a rally in support of legislation that would ban the District of Columbia from investing in companies with large reserves of fossil fuels.  More »

Bill would make Vermont 1st state to drop oil stocks

To Sen. Anthony Pollina, it makes sense that if Vermont wants to strike a blow against climate change, it should have its pension funds divest from oil, coal and other fossil fuel companies.  More »

EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a “substantial answer” to global warming in two years to remain relevant.  More »

Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.  More »

Nearly all jailed Greenpeace protesters granted bail in Russia

A Russian jail has freed on bail the U.S. captain of a Greenpeace ship and six crewmembers who were arrested following an anti-oil drilling protest in Arctic waters two months ago.  More »

Agency again approves Kinder Morgan’s Ruby Pipeline

Agency officials said they were sticking to their conclusion that mitigation measures are sufficient to offset the environmental impact for a number of species, including the sage grouse.  More »

Panel grants pollution waiver for Illinois coal plants

The Illinois Pollution Control Board has agreed to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants.  More »