Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has learned two lessons from her long career in the regulatory martial arts: adversity can be a source of strength, but a sure way to hurt yourself is to build strength without flexibility.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Enbridge, Inc. have agreed to extend the deadline for fines in connection with the massive 2010 spill that sent highly toxic oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The penalty is expected to be one of the largest ever for an oil pipeline spill, perhaps exceeding $100 million.
Cloaked in early morning darkness, 13 Greenpeace volunteers climbed over the edge of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday and rappelled down climbing ropes so they could hover 100 feet above the Willamette River. Their goal: blocking a Royal Dutch Shell ship en route to support the company’s drilling in the Arctic.
Three hundred sixty-five companies and investors sent letters on Friday to more than two dozen governors supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants, urging even the most recalcitrant states to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of the new rules.
With the Obama administration poised to issue its sweeping rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a Texas-based conservative think tank is making a far-fetched bid to quash the new regulations.
This story was updated on Aug. 11
If actions do indeed speak louder than words, plants and animals are telling us in no uncertain terms that human-caused climate change is changing their lives—with potentially dire consequences for the ecosystem.
In a move to accelerate the spread of solar power in the United States, the nation's largest residential solar installer launched a new offering Tuesday aimed at the underserved small- and medium-sized business market.
SolarCity has grown quickly with a boost from new financing options for residential installations that have removed or significantly lowered the up-front costs. Now the company hopes to do the same thing for smaller commercial customers.
ExxonMobil's $5 million settlement for polluting water during the Pegasus oil pipeline spill may be final as soon as this week. But many Arkansas water agencies and cities are blasting the penalty and other requirements in the pact as being too weak and too reliant on struggling federal pipeline regulators to keep the 1940s-era pipeline from failing again.
With solar power and wind electricity booming, Hillary Clinton promises to double down on them if she is elected president.
With polls indicating swing state voters believe human activities are causing climate change by a 2-1 margin, her new platform on climate change mocks Republican right-wingers as being out of touch with reality.
If diplomacy is the art of keeping one's options open, then the negotiators of a new Paris climate change treaty must be consummate diplomats.
And if using brackets in a draft text is the equivalent of a diplomatic emoticon—one that signals [uncertainty] [dispute] [intransigence]— then the talks must have gone into a peculiar form of emoji overdrive.
Put forth by the co-chairs of the Paris process on Friday, a new 83-page treaty draft remains a tangle of bewildering brackets sandwiched among opaque options highlighting areas of disagreement.