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A Coal-Mining Environmentalist? Virginia Executive Says He Can Be Both

Tom Clarke, who leads a conservation group in Virginia, bought two mines and plans to sell coal and plant trees to offset the carbon emissions.

Aug 28, 2015

A conservationist in Virginia has put himself in the peculiar position of selling coal.

After Katrina, New Orleans' Climate Conundrum: Fight or Flight?

A decade later, many still wrestle with staying home vs. leaving—a decision millions more will face along the coasts as seas rise, storms intensify.

Aug 27, 2015

One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast of Louisiana in 2005, Colette Pichon Battle stood in front of her childhood home near Slidell, surveying the storm's damage.

Carbon Pricing Can Help Save Forests––and the Climate––Analysis Says

While some caution a tax on carbon won't fix everything, new research shows it can significantly slow deforestation.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 27, 2015

Deforestation will cost the Earth an India-sized patch of forest by mid-century––a crippling blow to the climate––but carbon pricing could halve the loss, according to a new study.

Environmental Groups Start Legal Process to Sue EPA over Fracking Waste

A coalition of groups have banded together to push the EPA to regulate wastewater disposal from oil and gas drilling.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 26, 2015

A number of leading environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday demanding that the agency stop what they say is improper disposal of drilling and fracking waste by oil and gas companies.

Brooklyn Startup Tackles Global Health with a Cleaner Stove

A new company, BioLite, aims to reduce indoor pollution for the more than 3 billion people in the developing world who cook over a dirty open fire.

Aug 26, 2015

If you were looking for engineers intent on fighting one of the world's greatest public health threats, you probably wouldn't make Brooklyn your first stop. And if you did, you probably would not expect to find your fount of innovation in a nondescript building next to a wedding dress boutique in a neighborhood (DUMBO) that stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Climate Change's Overlooked Sociological Side

A Q&A with Robert J. Brulle about a new book by members of the American Sociological Association on what they can contribute to the climate debate.

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

Aug 25, 2015

The American Sociological Association, like academic bodies from psychology and anthropology before it, is using a publication to urge world leaders to consider the social sciencesand not just the natural onesas they make climate change policy.

Mapping the Invisible: To Find Your Local Natural Gas Leak, Just Zoom In

Environmental groups, like one nonprofit in Massachusetts, are publishing maps of methane emissions to coax utilities into plugging gas leaks.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 25, 2015

Mapping something you can't see seems like a quixotic pursuit, but that is exactly what some groups are trying to do around the country to highlight the unseen threat of natural gas leaks to the climate and environment.

Power Plants on Indian Reservations Get No Break on Emissions Rules

Four of the dirtiest plants, which sit on Native American soil, were expecting more lenient goals under the Clean Power Plan, but the EPA shifted gears.

Aug 24, 2015

Four Western power plants that emit more carbon dioxide than the 20 fossil-fuel-fired plants in Massachusetts thought they would be getting a break under the Obama administration's new carbon regulations––until the final rule ended up treating them just like all the other plants in the country.

Helping Cities Navigate a Climate-Changed Future

A Q&A with Anu Ramaswami, an urban sustainability expert at the University of Minnesota, about a new program to make cities sustainable.

Aug 21, 2015

As cities across the globe wrestle with population growth and how to adapt their infrastructure to the realities of climate change, a new coalition of scientists is aiming to help.

The Lighting Paradox: Cheaper, Efficient LEDs Save Energy, and People Use More

The effort to replace current bulbs with LEDs gets a boost from cheaper materials, but it only feeds society's addiction to light.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 20, 2015

New research at Rutgers University has shown how to slash the cost of highly efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) and significantly reduce lighting’s energy requirements. The energy savings, however, will likely be eroded as people find new uses for the inexpensive lights.

It’s a classic example of how a solution to a problem may cause more problems, or at least nullify the solution.