As the clock ticks toward tomorrow’s midnight deadline for this year’s regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, members of the state Senate took an interesting — and possibly terribly important — step this evening on SB 373, the bill written to respond to January’s Elk River chemical spill.
The state Transportation Department has used more than 460,000 tons of salt — nearly an 80 percent increase over last winter — enough to season a large order of McDonald’s french fries for every New Jerseyan every day for nearly 368 years.
As the climate warms, forest fires in the West increasingly will feast on acres of dry brush, growing into giants. In a cycle that will become routine, homeowners will flee, while firefighters will rush toward their houses - and away from putting out wildfires.
As California gets drier and hotter, no one is more vulnerable than farmers. And no one is likely to have to do more to adapt to what many experts fear will be a more drought-prone environment.
We Energies has been quietly buying millions of dollars in properties next to the Oak Creek power plant, in an area that has been plagued by polluted groundwater. Since 2009, the utility has bought 20 properties near the coal-fired plant on the shore of Lake Michigan.
More than one-third of Utah's school buses are aging and spewing toxic gases into the state’s already-sullied winter air.
President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 calls for a decrease in funding for the EPA. But buried in the fine print is a glimmer of hope for residents of federal Superfund sites without permanent fixes. The catch: Congress has to play along.
They’re the creepy-crawly critters that make every parent squirm. And new research shows that they are becoming increasingly difficult to kill. The bugs known as super lice have developed genetic mutations that make them resistant to many of the over-the-counter and prescription chemicals that used to kill them.
As concern continues to mount over the continuing decline in honey bee numbers, an Iowa State University researcher said there are several causes contributing to the population drop in all pollinators - not just honeybees - around the world.
For six decades, writer Wendell Berry has spoken out in defense of local agriculture, rural communities, and the importance of caring for the land. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his Kentucky farm, his activism, and why he remains hopeful for the future.
Dominion’s plan to expand the 40-year-old Cove Point LNG terminal is one of roughly two dozen similar ventures around the United States aimed at exploiting the current drilling boom and giving natural gas producers a crack at Asian markets hungry for the fossil fuel.
Louisiana possesses the most renewable diesel production capacity in the country and possibly the world. Still, nearly a decade into the green fuels push, the state’s biofuels industry appears quite different than many imagined it would.
John Cook, a physicist and prolific climate blogger in Brisbane, Australia, likes to tell this story: “Remember former South African president (Thabo) Mbeki?” asks Cook. “He denied science. . . . Look what happened. Tony Abbott is doing the same.”
For the past few years, solar energy in the suburbs has pitted subdivision aesthetics against environmental sensibilities and the desire for cheap electricity.
At least 28 Senate Democrats are pulling an all-nighter on Monday to wake up "stubborn" climate change deniers in Congress. With substantial climate change legislation all but dead in Congress, the senators just want to get to a point where lawmakers can agree that climate change is a scientific fact.
Fissures appear on the environmental front as the Democratic party chairman exhorts the faithful to work toward victory in local and congressional races.
Newly uncovered documents reveal that as early as the 1960s -- decades before the government ordered GE to undertake the river dredging that is scheduled to resume this spring -- company officials were warned of the potential serious health threats of polychlorinated biphenyls.
As public pressure builds to dig up coal ash from waste lagoons in North Carolina, Duke Energy is facing a potentially massive cleanup bill that has loomed for years.
The risks of high pollution levels for pregnant women are potentially significant. A number of international studies have indicated risks to children whose mothers are exposed to high levels of pollutants at pregnancy, include low birth weight and long-term impacts on intelligence.
China tested a domestically-produced drone aircraft designed to disperse smog on Saturday, official media reported, in an important step for the country's domestic aviation industry.