WATER POWER Hydropower expands despite dam removals. Hydropower expands despite dam removals.
ADAPTATION Governments are establishing agencies to address climate change. Governments are establishing agencies to address climate change.
LISTED Some, but not all, loggerhead turtles gain more protection. Some, but not all, loggerhead turtles gain more protection.
SAFETY FIRST As Cuba prepares to drill, United States prepares for possible disasters. As Cuba prepares to drill, United States prepares for possible disasters.
September 23, 2011

Dams Coming Down, But Hydropower Growing
Canada may build new major dams on the Lower Churchill River, while the United States is exploring small, fish-friendly hydro projects even as its legacy of large, destructive dams ends.

Climate Change Adaptation on the Rise
Suriname has established an agency dedicated to developing climate change adaptation strategies as efforts to adapt to — not just mitigate against — climate change grow around the world.

Loggerhead Turtles Gain Some Protection
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service up-lists four populations of loggerhead turtles, including those in the North Pacific, to endangered status.

Cuba is Gearing Up for Deepwater Drilling
Cuba will soon begin drilling for oil off its coast, precariously close to the Florida Keys. U.S. delegates are monitoring safety systems, while in Louisiana ExxonMobil has been called out for safety violations.

September 16, 2011

Solyndra Bankruptcy Indicative of Big Solar Shifts
Solyndra is just one of many solar companies to go bankrupt this quarter. A price drop in polysilicon and shifting tariffs in Europe are contributing to major shifts in the global solar market.

Conservation Programs Face Cuts in Farm Bill
The Conservation Reserve Program and other land conservation programs face cuts as the Farm Bill gets rolled into federal budget-cutting talks.

Climate Change Paper Stirs Controversy
After publishing a much-publicized paper skeptical of climate change research, the editor of science journal Remote Sensing resigned, calling both the paper and the journal's peer-review process flawed.

Retailers Remove Cadmium from Jewelry
A California settlement has companies across the country removing the toxic metal cadmium from jewelry.

September 9, 2011

Dangerous Debris Litters Space
A new report details the growing threat of space junk and the threat it poses to spacecraft and satellites.

Wolf Hunts Resume Across the Rockies
Wolf hunts resume after a controversial budget rider removed the animals from the endangered species list in two states, while wolves gain ground across the world.

Obama Earns Environmentalists' Scorn
Tacit approval for a major oil pipeline and a reversal on smog standards by the Obama Administration left environmentalists angry.

China Report Alleges Environmental Damage By Apple Supply Chain
A report by a group of Chinese nongovernmental organizations alleged numerous environmental damages by five Apple suppliers.

September 2, 2011

Green Scissors Bring Opponents Together
Environmentalists and conservatives proposed $380 million in budget cuts they claim harm the environment and cost too much.

Arctic Oil Push Shifts Geopolitics
As Arctic ice melts, opening up shipping routes and oil-drilling opportunities, countries and companies jockey for position in the region.

Study Estimates 8.7M Earth Species
A study in the journal PLoS Biology thought to be the most accurate yet estimates that 8.7M species - primarily insects - inhabit the earth.

Quake Renews U.S. Nuclear Concerns
Shaking from a magnitude 5.9 earthquake may have exceeded design specifications for a Virginia nuclear plant as emergencies near nuke facilities persist.

August 26, 2011

Bike-sharing Gains Momentum
Cities the world over are embracing bike-sharing, though questions remain over which business models will stick.

Resistance to Wind Power Is Growing
Opponents to wind power say turbines harm wildlife, mar landscapes, and may cause illness.

Climate Change Impacting Food, Beverage Biz
Extreme weather linked to climate change is negatively affecting the coffee, wine, and oyster industries.

Poultry Production Raises Pollution Concerns
Research points to water contamination issues associated with the growth of large poultry CAFOs.

August 19, 2011

Gates Foundation Spurs Toilet Innovation
Gates Foundation Offers $3 million for New Toilet Design to Serve 2.6 Billion Without Sanitation

Environmental Activism On Rise in China
Chinese Environmental Movement Gains Steam as Officials Shut Down Chemical Plant After Protest

Forage Fish Are Being Overharvested
Overharvesting forage fish such as menhaden and sardines for fish farms is threatening ocean ecosystems.

Ray Anderson, Green Business Pioneer
Interface CEO and green business pioneer Ray Anderson dies, leaving an impressive legacy of how to do well by doing good.

August 12, 2011

Shell Accepts Liability for Nigerian Oil Spills
Shell has accepted liability for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008.

U.S. Exports Coal to China
U.S. increases coal exports to China in spite of concerns about energy security and increased emissions.

Carbon Costs Remains Elusive
Experts can't agree on the cost for carbon emissions' damage of infrastructure, crop yields, human health, and ecosystem services.

Drought Grips Texas
Texas drought threatens water infrastructure, crops, and power grid.

August 5, 2011

New U.S. E-Waste Strategy
The Obama Administration announced new voluntary guidelines for managing the flow of discarded electronic components to dumps around the world.

Fracking Fuels Demand for Sand
The rush to mine silica sand for use in hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is spurring environmental concerns far from natural gas deposits.

Data Centers Improve Efficiency
Data centers are using less electricity than predicted, thanks to industry-wide efficiency improvements and the poor economy.

Climate Change to Expand Flood Zone
Climate change is predicted to expand U.S. flood zones along coastlines and rivers by 40 percent by 2100.

July 29, 2011

Arctic Issues
Climate change is melting Arctic ice, altering ocean and land ecosystems, eroding the shoreline, and releasing once-trapped pollutants.

Weeds Resist Roundup
Farmers are turning to increasingly desperate measures to thwart weeds that have developed resistance to herbicides, especially Monsanto’s Roundup.

Green Jobs
A Brookings Institution report finds that green jobs outnumber oil and gas jobs, and the sector is growing.

Megaloads for Oil Sands Blocked
A judge temporarily halts a shipment of oversized equipment scheduled to pass through Montana on its way to the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada.

July 22, 2011

El Salvador Mining Lawsuit
El Salvador's government denied Pacific Rim Mining Corporation a permit to build a gold mine there. Now Pacific Rim is suing the country for $77 million in lost profits.

Did China's Coal Burning Slow Global Warming?
Recent studies point at the sulfur particulates emitted by China's rapidly increasing coal production as one possible reason why global warming plateaued in the last decade.

Post-Disaster Japan, Beyond Fukushima
All eyes have been on Japan's nuclear reactors, but chemical contamination from other facilities damaged by this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami is equally concerning.

Plastic Industry Goes to Court
Trade groups are in court to overturn plastic bag bans and to prevent a reusable bag company from disparaging plastic in its advertising.

July 15, 2011

Tuna Management
A recent IUCN report lists five of eight tuna species as endangered and urges improved fisheries management.

Cooking Fuel Leading Cause of Deforestation
Harvesting trees for cheap firewood in developing countries is a major contributor to deforestation. Efficient cooking stoves could make a big impact.

Australian Carbon Tax
Australia's recently passed carbon tax puts a price on carbon as part of a broader climate change plan.

Airline Emissions
As the airline industry fights against inclusion in the E.U.'s carbon trading scheme, it looks instead to biofuels to deliver emissions reductions.

July 8, 2011

Palm Oil Plantations
Palm oil plantations in Asia and Brazil are harming biodiversity.

Fish Conservation
River restoration has brought back sturgeon. Salmon haven't been so lucky.

Fuel Efficiency Standard
President Obama proposes that cars average 56.2 mpg by 2025.

Rare Earth Minerals
Japan discovers rare earth minerals under the sea, but extracting them could harm the marine environment.

July 1, 2011

Cosmetic Laws May Improve Safety
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 requires greater transparency for personal care product manufacturers and their suppliers.

Fire Near Los Alamos Threatens Lab
Remnant radioactive fallout in the environment leftover from nuclear tests conducted decades ago may be the biggest concern from the Los Alamos wildfire.

Natural Gas Economics Questioned
Insider emails published this week suggest that production and investment forecasts have been overhyped or exaggerated, possibly illegally.

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies
The EPA recommends that coastal communities at risk of inundation by rising oceans not build seawalls.

June 24, 2011

Dead Zones in Oceans and Lakes
Scientists predict largest-ever 'dead zones' in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere as pollution and climate change turn ocean chemistry toxic for sea life and humans.

NRC Regulatory Practices Scrutinized
This week a blistering investigative report by the Associated Press accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of undermining safety.

Ocean Extinction
Scientists predict mass extinctions of marine species based on current carbon cycle disturbances and ocean acidification patterns.

Electric Avenues
Electric vehicles place new demands on utilities, but fleets of them could actually reap benefits for the grid and consumers.

June 17, 2011

Google Solar Investments
Google puts hundreds of millions into solar financing schemes, lending capital and technical ingenuity to a fledgling distributed generation model.

Arsenic in Chicken
A Pfizer livestock feed has been pulled from the market after the FDA discovered traces of arsenic in human food.

Sewer System Issues
Cities facing expensive upgrades to wastewater treatment systems mandated by clean water regulations. A look at green solutions that get the job done for less.

Nuclear Tests, Accidents Lead to Fewer Girls
A study finds that nuclear bomb tests and plant accidents boost male births, both locally and globally.

June 10, 2011

China's Environmental Dilemma
Pollution, environmental degradation, and public safety risks threatens China's drive to improve living conditions for its people.

Emissions Record Prompts Adaptation
Despite goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions, last year broke all records. Experts say its time to start talking about adaptation to changing climate conditions.

Exposure to Chemicals
Researchers find banned flame retardant chemicals in children's products. Science, regulators cant keep up with the sea of substances around us.

Mountaintop Removal
The struggle to meet growing energy demands while preserving the environment revives historical tensions in Appalachia.

June 3, 2011

Coke and Pepsi will use new plant-based plastics in their bottles, but the substance isn't compatible with existing recycling and composting systems.

Seafood (Mis)labeling
Tests reveal widespread problems with seafood labeling. Consumers face health risks; fishery management is complicated by misguided demand.

Keystone XL Pipeline
A new U.S. pipleline promises energy security. Critics worry about recent spills, the Ogallala Aquifer, and a flawed environmental review process.

Agricultural Antibiotics
Nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics are fed to commercial livestock annually. The practice is being challenged due to human health risks.

May 27, 2011

White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
white-nose syndrome decimates bats, USFWS has plan

Climate Suits
Parties bring suits against greenhouse gas regulations

Deforestation Laws Falter
Deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil continues apace, in spite of laws meant to prevent it.

Chevron Ecuador
Legal wrangling shows no sign of slowing, in spite of judgment against Chevron

May 20, 2011

Do Cellphones Harm Bees?
Research proves cell phone signals disrupt bee hives, but other threats to bees are probably more significant risks to the crops they pollinate.

Insurers React to Climate Change
Floods along the Mississippi and other recent natural disasters are causing insurance companies to reevaluate how they calculate risk.

Pesticide Health Effects
Research finds a correlation between pesticides & impaired mental abilities. But producers argue that scare tactics mislead consumers & hurt farmers.

Gold Mining
A modern-day rush leads millions to cash in on high gold prices, but lack of regulation threatens to repeat California's toxic legacy in South America.

May 13, 2011

Fracking Link to Drinking Water
A Duke study published by the National Academy of Sciences links contaminated drinking water to natural gas drilling and fracking.

Japan Nuclear Policy
Japan reconsiders its nuclear policy in light of the Fukushima disaster and related costs - financial and human.

Arctic Mercury
Research demonstrates accumulation of mercury and other toxic materials in human and wildlife Arctic populations.

Global Renewable Goals
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that a substantial share of global power generation could be sourced from renewables by 2050

May 6, 2011

Last week a super outbreak of tornadoes tore paths of destruction through the South, taking more than 350 lives. Was it made worse by climate change?

Floods & Levee Breach
This week, officials blasted a levee to allow a floodplain to serve its natural function. The beginning of a movement toward more rational floodplain development?

Sharks Value to Tourism
A new study finds that live sharks are a tourist attraction, worth vastly more than dead ones for soup. People kill more than 73 million sharks annually - shark populations have dropped 90 to 99 percent.

Oil Subsidies
The prospect of cutting subsidies for oil companies with record profits proves to be an irresistible – yet elusive – target. Democrats say it will help to level the playing field for renewable energy, Republicans say companies will flee our shores.

April 29, 2011


Developing World Dams

Water Futures

Endangered Species Act Action

April 22, 2011

Developments at Fukushima create uncertainty for the public and raise questions about whether plant operators fully accounted for all possible risks

Deepwater Horizon Anniversary
One year after America's worst oil spill, complex legal, policy, environmental, and social issues aren't being solved quickly.

TSCA Reform
The Toxic Substances Control Act doesn't, in fact, control many substances. Only a few hundred substances have been tested for human health effects.

Branson & Lemur Island
Charles Branson would bring lemurs to his private Caribbean island as a last ditch effort to save the endangered species.