The oil boom in the United States is creating another boom - for the railroad industry. Shipments of crude oil by rail are up almost 50 percent over last year - and this upward trend is expected to continue. Some are concerned about the what-ifs, especially after recent high profile derailments.
Prabha Jha, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, is nearing the end of an ambitious public-health programme to document death in India using 'verbal autopsy' strategies. Jha and his colleagues have deciphered several compelling trends that are starting to lead to policy changes, such as stronger warning labels on tobacco.
After completing Vermont's largest bumble bee survey, biologists say about a quarter of the 15 different bee species found in the state have been severely diminished or are gone altogether.
An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise U.S. homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as "freeriders" – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.
Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.
In the grasslands and seasonal wetlands that stretch across the middle of the continent through the Dakotas and into Canada, pheasant habitat is lost at an alarming rate due to the U.S. ethanol mandate and farmers' forgoing enrollment in conservation programs.
A truck stolen on Monday while it was transporting "extremely dangerous" radioactive material was found Wednesday, officials with Mexico’s National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards confirmed.
The city of Chicago is testing the use of a new type of cement that is capable of removing pollution from the air. The concrete slabs can potentially reduce the levels of certain common pollutants by as much as 70 percent, depending on weather conditions and the amount of the new concrete used.
Architects describe expanded polystyrene technology as a ‘cheap’ way for Kenyans living on the margins to own decent homes, and conservationists say it’s also a way for Kenya to continue building without putting undue pressure on its forests.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a new plan Wednesday to reduce the number of salmonella outbreaks linked to meat and poultry. The effort comes weeks after Foster Farms chicken was found to have sickened at least 389 people nationwide with a virulent strain of salmonella found to be resistant to some antibiotics.
More than two dozen of the biggest U.S. corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
Valley Fever is one of multiple diseases experts say are spreading in part because of climate change. They include a brain-eating amoeba showing up in northern lakes that were once too cold to harbor it and several illnesses carried by ticks whose range is increasing.
Foreign and local groups fighting for the rights of the Venezuelan Amazon's indigenous inhabitants estimate that there are as many as 4,000 illegal miners working in the area near the borders with Colombia and Brazil.
New Hampshire is kicking off a $22.3 million program to locate and clean up wells contaminated with the gasoline additive MTBE.
The precious groundwater that flows under Texas’ land does not follow political boundaries. Yet at a time when thirsty cities and industries are clamoring for groundwater more than ever, the resource is regulated by nearly 100 entities drawn along political boundaries such as county lines.
China has a growing fleet of low-speed electric minicars appearing in its traffic-choked cities. Factories are ramping up production of the vehicles, which can squeeze past gridlock as well as bypass government laws that restrict car use and ownership.
As pressure ratcheted up against Canada's tar sands, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the oil industry figure out how to handle mounting activism. Published online by WikiLeaks, the document shows how companies have scrambled to deal with opposition.
Preliminary tests on 17 people who had close contact with an Indonesian worker infected with Hong Kong's first confirmed case of H7N9 bird flu yielded negative results, the city's health authorities said.
University officials on two coasts are struggling to get control of dangerous meningitis outbreaks, by canceling social activities, giving preventive antibiotics to hundreds of students and arranging to provide a vaccine not licensed in the USA.
An inquiry is being launched to check the safety of donor blood amid fears of infection from the human form of "mad cow disease." The Commons Science and Technology Committee called for the inquiry after studies revealed one in every 2,000 Britons could be carrying variant CJD.