U.S. Stalls on Defining Polar Bears as ‘Threatened’ - January 13, 2008 11:20 AM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has suspended its final decision on whether to classify polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The delay has drawn criticism from conservationists.
Global Frog Population Faces Extinction - January 12, 2008 02:24 PM
A non-profit coalition of conservationists launches the "2008 Year of the Frog" campaign, trying to raise awareness of the crisis facing the world's frogs. There are theories, but scientists are still unsure why the frogs are dying.
Is Divorce Bad for the Environment? - January 05, 2008 11:57 AM
A divorced person takes up more space and uses more resources than a married one, according to a recent U.S. study. The findings prompt an assessment of the relationship between environmental goals and way of life.
Hunters and Environmentalists Find a Common Cause in Conservation - December 29, 2007 12:02 AM
As the Bush administration’s energy policies expand oil and gas drilling on public lands, a surprising coalition of environmentalists and traditionally Republican sportsmen works for conservation.
U.S. Towns Weigh Up Car Wash Ban - December 28, 2007 12:02 AM
Around the country, local officials consider a ban on car washes, hoping to prevent pollution from soap and other residue making its way from storm drains into nearby streams and rivers.
Senate Passes Farm Bill in Record Vote - December 20, 2007 09:15 AM
In a 79-14 vote, the U.S. Senate approves a $286 billion farm bill providing new agricultural subsidies; the bill still faces a threatened presidential veto once it is combined with similar House legislation.
No Relief in Sight as Oil Prices Rocket - November 12, 2007 05:26 PM
The cost of a barrel of crude oil hit a record $98.02 on Nov. 7, spurring observers to ask why hydrocarbon commodities are trading at increasingly high prices and when this upward trajectory will end.
NYC Weighs Plastic Bag Recycling Program - November 08, 2007 05:00 AM
New York City Council puts forward legislation mandating that large grocery stores recycle plastic bags, putting the city at the forefront of a growing movement to curb the harmful environmental effects of petroleum-based plastics.
Rising Food Prices Foreshadow Global Shortages - November 07, 2007 03:36 PM
In response to the increasing expense of staple foodstuffs, developing countries resort to price restrictions and import regulations. As oil prices rise, can modern farming practices be sustained?
Daylight-Saving Time Changed for First Time in Twenty Years - November 03, 2007 12:31 PM
Congress enacts new rules for daylight-saving time, expanding the daylight-saving period so that it now begins three weeks earlier, on the first weekend in March, and ends one week later, in the first week in November.
Race for Arctic Intensifies as Russia Claims Pole - September 21, 2007 01:03 PM
Moscow announces that rock samples taken from beneath the Arctic Ocean indicate that the North Pole is part of Russia, a claim that underscores the increasing efforts of Arctic border nations to stake their claims to the valuable region.
Arctic’s Oil Could Supply World for Three Years - September 21, 2007 01:03 PM
The region may hold about 90 billion barrels of oil, which could meet world demand for a few years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Vermont’s Right to Regulate Car Emissions Upheld - September 14, 2007 04:45 PM
In a case that will affect energy policy nationwide, U.S. District Judge in Vermont William Sessions III has upheld the state’s right to set its own standards for automobile emissions despite opposition from U.S. automakers.
NYC's Green Energy Plans Hindered By Tides - August 14, 2007 05:17 PM
New York's attempts to use the East River's commanding tides to generate "green" electricity have hit a snag, as malfunctions and damage force developers to reconsider their design.
Bald Eagle Officially Saved - June 29, 2007 12:28 PM
The bald eagle, national symbol of the United States, departs from the threatened species list; after years on the brink, the eagle population soars in 48 states.
Scientist cites Mars melt as proof that global warming is solar, not man-made - May 09, 2007 02:33 PM
A Russian scientist asserts that global warming is caused by solar changes and points to melting ice caps on Mars as support of his controversial theory, despite most scientists having attributed global warming to human pollution
U.S. Generals Turn Green - April 16, 2007 02:09 PM
Climate change is a serious security risk, say retired generals, including an ex-army chief of staff and a former commander of U.S. Central Command.
Supreme Court Tells EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gases - April 03, 2007 11:32 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions, potentially giving states the right to sue the agency if it fails to act.
Giant Cape Cod Wind Farm Approved - April 02, 2007 02:07 PM
State authorities endorse world’s largest offshore wind farm despite feared threat to tourist industry and birdlife. Federal verdict pending.
Navy to Use Dolphins and Sea Lions in Anti-Terrorism Fight - February 12, 2007 09:45 AM
Following a long history of military animals, the Navy plans to use mammals to prevent waterborne terrorist attacks despite objections from animal rights groups who argue this is a dangerous and ineffective practice.