• Denton, Texas debates a fracking ban

    Oct 24, 2014 | 4 min
    The small community could set a precedent for the future of drilling in Texas.
  • Salmon runs hit records, even as drought threatens future

    Oct 22, 2014 | 5 min
    Salmon are returning to the Columbia River at levels not seen in nearly a century.
  • What local government can learn from Hurricane Sandy

    Oct 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Changing climates put pressure on local government to boost financial resilience.
  • Why the Pentagon is preparing for climate change

    Oct 17, 2014 | 2 min
    The Pentagon sees climate change ratcheting tensions in already problematic regions.
  • One shortage in booming oil fields: regulators

    Oct 15, 2014 | 3 min
    State agencies find that industry offers higher salaries to new college graduates.
  • More fracking produces more open waste pits

    Oct 14, 2014 | 5 min
    Residents of a Texas town are apprehensive about sludge pits planned in their community.
  • Weak demand for oil is sign of weak global economy

    Oct 14, 2014 | 4 min
    What does weak demand for oil say about the overall economy?
  • The lingering effect of last year's tough winter

    Oct 13, 2014 | 2 min
    The U.S. Energy Department says heating costs are likely to be less this winter.
  • What could slow U.S.'s surging oil output? Low prices

    Oct 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Fracking for oil is expensive, so at some point falling prices will make some wells unprofitable.
  • A new designation for the San Gabriel Mountains

    Oct 10, 2014 | 2 min
    President Barack Obama will declare it a national monument on Friday.
  • Greenpeace used Legos to attack Shell. And won.

    Oct 9, 2014 | 3 min
    Shell-branded Lego toys are not much longer for toy store shelves.
  • The boom-and-bust story of a crop called guar

    Oct 9, 2014 | 3 min
    A plant took on an outsize importance in the fracking world and created huge price swings.
  • Why water conservation doesn't mean lower water rates

    Oct 8, 2014 | 4 min
    Water and sewer utilities raise rates to meet infrastructure costs.
  • Frack that! Oil tries to own a word that rallies critics

    Oct 8, 2014 | 3 min
    An industry group wants to reclaim a term from opponents of oil drilling.
  • The first electric cars weren't 'manly' enough

    Oct 7, 2014 | 5 min
    Decisions about fuel have as much to do with gender norms as energy density.
  • A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger

    Oct 6, 2014 | 5 min
    Corn is not what you think. For starters: Most of the time, it's not human food.
  • Saudi Arabia is losing its grip on oil

    Oct 2, 2014 | 3 min
    A global glut of oil has potential to pit key suppliers in a price war.
  • Homeowners get rude awakening on ‘mineral rights’

    Sep 29, 2014 | 3 min
    If someone owns oil or gas beneath your home, they might displace you to get it.
  • Here's how we'll cut down on greenhouse gases

    Sep 24, 2014 | 4 min
    Putting a price on carbon will create financial incentives to emit less.
  • Oil companies and environmental non-profits team up

    Sep 23, 2014 | 2 min
    A partnership to cut emissions of methane—a potent greenhouse gas—in drilling.
  • A big week to come in climate change policy

    Sep 22, 2014 | 5 min
    There's more to just environmental concerns to climate change policy.
  • March in New York calls for action on climate change

    Sep 22, 2014 | 2 min
    Hundreds of thousands march ahead of UN climate summit.
  • In Iowa, big corn crop presents a problem

    Sep 18, 2014 | 3 min
    A record corn crop, paradoxically, means hard times for farmers.
  • Fighting global warming doesn't have to break the bank

    Sep 16, 2014 | 3 min
    A report says the world is going to spend trillions on infrastructure either way.
  • How to grow lettuce and fish indoors, all year long

    Sep 10, 2014 | 5 min
    Outside Duluth, Minnesota, a greenhouse grows tilapia and lettuce side by side.
  • A fracking story too good to be true

    Aug 27, 2014 | 3 min
    You know a technology's hot when stock market scammers make it part of their pitch.
  • California's wells are going dry now, too

    Aug 21, 2014 | 5 min
    The long drought has led to a strain on groundwater - much like having too many straws in the same glass.
  • The cost of orange juice is too darn high

    Aug 19, 2014 | 2 min
    ...And other reasons orange juice sales are at their lowest since 22.
  • California could stay dry enough to make food pricier

    Aug 14, 2014 | 2 min
    Over the long term, the state may not have the water it needs to farm this much.
  • Shaking up earthquake warning systems

    Aug 13, 2014 | 4 min
    Earthquake early warnings: Rift forms in public, private efforts.
  • Phil Hamm's no billionaire, but he's got something to say about oil

    Aug 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Billionaire Harold Hamm is a leading oil man. Phil Hamm - he's a different story
  • Six things you might not know about meteorites

    Aug 11, 2014 | 2 min
    The Perseid meteorite showers return, and they can be worth more than a view.
  • Water could be 'quotblue gold'quot for Dayton, OH

    Aug 11, 2014 | 3 min
    As states face major water shortages, some cities sense a business opportunity
  • EPA rules may zap Kentucky jobs, but not coal jobs

    Aug 8, 2014 | 3 min
    Kentucky's manufacturing industry is based on cheap electricity produced by coal.
  • How Texas can live with lower carbon emissions

    Aug 7, 2014 | 5 min
    Using more natural gas is costly, but the state's producers will benefit.
  • How to grown green energy along with endowments

    Aug 6, 2014 | 3 min
    What if colleges could grow their endowment by being environmentally friendly?
  • Airplanes become the new weather balloons

    Aug 4, 2014 | 3 min
    Planes create a moving picture of weather data as they take off and land.
  • America's coal heads overseas

    Jul 29, 2014 | 3 min
    What happens to the coal not burned in the U.S.
  • Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

    Jul 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Why reducing acid in rain is just the first step in recovery.
  • Acid rain: what it takes to stop pollution

    Jul 17, 2014 | 6 min
    "You could sing in the rain, walk in the rain, and then the rain was acid..."
  • Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

    Jul 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Why reducing acid in rain is just the first step in recovery.
  • In China, the polluter 'that-must-not-be-named'

    Jul 16, 2014 | 6 min
    China's crackdown on criticism of a $6 billion petrochemical plant.
  • Bike-sharing's big problem: missing bikes

    Jul 16, 2014 | 3 min
    The biggest, most-popular programs won't expand in 214. They can't get new bikes.
  • China's fight for cleaner air

    Jul 15, 2014 | 7 min
    “China’s growth model is based on the idea that natural resources are free."
  • Shlepping bike-share cycles in a giant van

    Jul 15, 2014 | 3 min
    Urban bike share's low-carbon, high-tech vision ... requires a few gas guzzlers.
  • LA Smog: the battle against air pollution

    Jul 14, 2014 | 10 min
    How can the Chinese live with terrible air pollution? One answer: Americans did.
  • Women led air pollution protests from the start

    Jul 14, 2014 | 4 min
    Women often partnered with scientists to make their case for cleaner air.
  • Boeing projects global air travel will double

    Jul 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Growth in air travel will also mean an increase in global carbon emissions.
  • Big rigs get environmental overhaul

    Jul 9, 2014 | 3 min
    Tech revolution in the trucking industry to bring cheaper goods, cleaner air.
  • Note to bees: do not stop and smell the roses

    Jul 9, 2014 | 3 min
    A new study says garden plants from big box stores contain a toxic pesticide.
  • North Dakota oil wells drain energy and money

    Jul 4, 2014 | 2 min
    Fracking oil wells burn off as much a third of the natural gas they release.
  • More than 85% of the seafood Americans eat is imported

    Jun 30, 2014 | 5 min
    Author Paul Greenberg says we could fix our aquaculture infrastructure.
  • Oil from fracking may end U.S. ban on exporting oil

    Jun 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Ultralight oil made by fracking is seeping through cracks in the U.S. ban on oil exports.
  • Climate change could be good for those who sell seeds

    Jun 25, 2014 | 2 min
    Climate change is likely to affect farmers more than corporations like Monsanto.
  • The value of 'second-best solutions' to global warming

    Jun 23, 2014 | 3 min
    Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says we need a carbon tax to prevent a global-warming catastrophe. But if Congress won't act?
  • Michigan's vineyards: Wine that survives the winter?

    Jun 18, 2014 | 4 min
    A new wine region is developing in less-than-Mediterranean Midwestern states.
  • An ancient animal's blood is a modern medical miracle

    Jun 17, 2014 | 6 min
    The horseshoe crab's blue-colored blood is critical to modern medicine.
  • Paying to save nature could mean a win for everyone

    Jun 16, 2014 | 3 min
    The race to find a synthetic replacement for the blood of horse shoe crabs.
  • Golf group hopes fewer holes means a better game

    Jun 12, 2014 | 2 min
    The U.S. Golf Association tells golfers to play shorter games.
  • Plugging in battery makers and battery innovators

    Jun 11, 2014 | 3 min
    A group founded by angel investors seeks efficiency in developing new batteries.
  • How big is Iraq's oil industry now?

    Jun 10, 2014 | 2 min
    Iraq's oil production was booming before a pipeline to Turkey was bombed.
  • 'Greening' construction jobs for energy efficiency

    Jun 10, 2014 | 3 min
    Ambitious goals for energy conservation are turning blue collar jobs "green"
  • Reduce carbon, create jobs?

    Jun 4, 2014 | 4 min
    The EPA says reducing carbon emissions will cost billions but create energy jobs.
  • Complying with the EPA, state by state

    Jun 4, 2014 | 2 min
    The EPA plan to curb carbon emission will let states device their own plans. We look at how they'll differ.
  • The 'war on coal' is no fight to the death

    Jun 3, 2014 | 3 min
    Even with EPA goals, percent of U.S. electricity will come from burning coal.
  • We're already halfway toward the EPA's new CO2 limits

    Jun 2, 2014 | 3 min
    That's the good news. Less good: The next half is the hard part.
  • One estimate of the cost of new EPA rules: $51 billion

    May 30, 2014 | 3 min
    And compared to the U.S. economy, that's kinda small.
  • EPA's carbon rules may give some states a head start

    May 30, 2014 | 2 min
    But nobody knows which states. It depends on how the rules get written.
  • The EPA starts targeting carbon dioxide in earnest

    May 27, 2014 | 2 min
    The Obama Administration readies its regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions.
  • The tech challenges of hurricane season

    May 27, 2014 | 2 min
    Hurricane Awareness Week kicks off.
  • Study: Fairtrade doesn't always yield highest wages

    May 26, 2014 | 3 min
    A UK report says coffee grown under Fairtrade conventions doesn't always yield the highest wages for farmers.
  • Two obsessed guys and a radical motorcycle design

    May 23, 2014 | 9 min
    In New Orleans, an experiment in funding, manufacturing and art.
  • A motorcycle design for the history books

    May 23, 2014 | 8 min
    Funded by a patronage-type system modeled on, well, history.
  • Superfood fads: Super distracting for global farmers?

    May 22, 2014 | 5 min
    What miracle "superfood" trends mean for developing countries' agriculture.
  • Your coffee cup probably isn't recyclable… yet

    May 21, 2014 | 4 min
    Big names like McDonald's and Jamba Juice have tossed polystyrene cups.
  • A coffee plant disease threatens more than prices

    May 19, 2014 | 2 min
    USAID today announced a $5 million partnership with Texas A'M's World Coffee Research center to tackle a costly coffee fungus.
  • Oil booms have to be good for rural towns, right?

    May 15, 2014 | 4 min
    An oil boom in southeast New Mexico created thousands of new jobs. But it's a burden on things like housing, classrooms and roads.
  • Who will pay for climate change? Not us, insurer says

    May 14, 2014 | 3 min
    One insurer sues Chicago, saying the city could have prevented flood damage from a predicted downpour.
  • In North Dakota, making ribs for roughnecks

    May 13, 2014 | 3 min
    All sorts of people have moved to North Dakota to take jobs in the oil fields.
  • In the U.S., a water main breaks every two minutes

    May 12, 2014 | 2 min
    Last year, the country’s infrastructure got a grade of D+.
  • Ditching the single-use water bottle

    May 7, 2014 | 3 min
    An increasing number of cities are looking to wean us off single-use bottles.
  • What does your weatherman think about climate change?

    May 6, 2014 | 3 min
    Many Americans get their weather and climate information from TV weather casters.
  • I feel a climate change comin' on

    May 6, 2014 | 2 min
    Climate change does not rate very high on the list of the public's concerns.
  • Drought puts California rice in a sticky situation

    Apr 30, 2014 | 4 min
    California grows almost all medium grain rice in the U.S. And prices are up.
  • A Texas-sized bankruptcy for giant Texas energy deal

    Apr 30, 2014 | 3 min
    When Energy Future filed for bankruptcy, its total assets were $6.4 billion
  • Cities want to make your rooftop gardens profitable

    Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min
    Some cities are experimenting with financial encouragement for green roofs
  • Coal ash = environmental win (when you recycle it)

    Apr 28, 2014 | 4 min
    The toxic discharge from coal plants beats Portland cement when used in concrete.
  • Climate change: how to talk about bad news

    Apr 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Talking about global warming makes people's heads explode. It's a tough subject.
  • Earth day is middle aged. Is it over the hill?

    Apr 22, 2014 | 2 min
    Americans worry less about the environment than scientists say we should
  • Solar grows, with government help

    Apr 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
  • Solar grows, with government help

    Apr 18, 2014 | 4 min
    Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
  • What happens when there are billion mouths to feed

    Apr 16, 2014 | 4 min
    This month's National Geographic explores why 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster.
  • Attack of the shrimp (prices)

    Apr 16, 2014 | 2 min
    A bacterial infection is roiling through shrimp farms in Southeast Asia.
  • Beer: Saving a town from drought

    Apr 15, 2014 | 5 min
    A brewery steps in when a town's given a grave diagnosis.
  • Global warming: 15 years to change things...

    Apr 15, 2014 | 3 min
    ...or else, says The U.N.’s climate panel.
  • Wal-Mart: Everday low (organic?) prices

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Wal-Mart is challenging stores like Whole Foods with a new line of cheaper organic foods.
  • When the coal layoffs trickle down

    Apr 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Coal communities in eastern Kentucky have been reeling from the effects of a relentless wave of mining layoffs.
  • An English village, years after its mine closed

    Apr 9, 2014 | 6 min
    Brampton lost its coal mine years ago, despite a year-long miner's strike. What's there now?
  • Coal country starts to ask 'What comes after coal?'

    Apr 8, 2014 | 7 min
    In eastern Kentucky, coal mines are closing, putting thousands out of work.
  • In eastern Kentucky, who's to blame for coal's decline?

    Apr 8, 2014 | 3 min
    The main problem is that Kentucky coal is played out and expensive to mine.
  • Filling up the landfill, one coffee pod at a time

    Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min
    Single-serve coffee makers like the Keurig machine are wasteful.
  • Why adapting to climate change is so difficult

    Mar 31, 2014 | 3 min
    The U.N. climate group has moved forward, not just warning of climate change -- because it’s here. What are the barriers to investing in "adaptation"?
  • 25 years after the Exxon Valdez crisis, we've learned...?

    Mar 24, 2014 | 3 min
    It was a dramatic disaster to call attention to environmental risks, and 25 years later it stands out as an stark reminder of continuing environmental risks.
  • How much will climate change cost Exxon?

    Mar 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Exxon the first big energy company to respond to shareholders’ concerns about the cost of climate change.
  • Frowny faces help conserve water

    Mar 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Peer pressure works in getting people to use less water
  • The U.S. relies on transformers -- and that's a little scary

    Mar 17, 2014 | 3 min
    The failure of just nine utility substations, and the closing of one factory, could blackout the entire U.S. for 18 months.
  • The U.S. relies on transformers -- and that's a little scary

    Mar 17, 2014 | 6 min
    The failure of just nine utility substations, and the closing of one factory, could blackout the entire U.S. for 18 months
  • BP signs deal to get back in the game

    Mar 14, 2014 | 2 min
    By signing a new deal with the EPA, BP agrees to more oversight
  • Fracking: 27 tons of dirty, radioactive socks per day

    Mar 12, 2014 | 3 min
    And they're full of NORMs. A glossary of oilfield vocabulary.
  • Fracking: 27 tons of dirty, radioactive socks per day

    Mar 12, 2014 | 2 min
    And they're full of NORMs. A glossary of oilfield vocabulary.
  • Now you can buy solar power (of a sort) at Best Buy

    Mar 12, 2014 | 4 min
    The CEO of SolarCity talks about putting solar panels on more residential homes.
  • Tin: The modern world's glue

    Mar 12, 2014 | 4 min
    The element that brought us beyond the Stone Age
  • How El Nino will impact global food prices

    Mar 12, 2014 | 2 min
    It probably won't have a huge impact on your grocery bills.
  • After delay, U.S. builds four new nuclear reactors

    Mar 11, 2014 | 2 min
    The economics of nuclear power are a tough sell.
  • Calcium: No so good in high doses

    Mar 5, 2014 | 4 min
    Calcium is a fundamental building block in chemistry and in modern life.
  • Abandoning orange juice

    Mar 5, 2014 | 3 min
    Americans are drinking 4 percent less orange juice.
  • Thousand dollar house, million dollar view

    Mar 4, 2014 | 3 min
    One professor is sleeping in a dumpster to raise questions about U.S. home ownership.
  • The EPA's new smog rules: Cost vs. benefit

    Mar 3, 2014 | 3 min
    Weighing the immediate costs of wringing more sulfur out of emissions, against long-term health and economic benefits from less smog.
  • The highway repair fund is going broke

    Feb 27, 2014 | 2 min
    Some say it's because the gasoline tax hasn't gone up since 1.
  • Natural gas bills are going up, and not just because it's cold

    Feb 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Customers in the Northeast and Midwest are about to get big natural-gas bills, not only because they used a lot of gas during the freezing month of January.