Noteworthy News

California suspends operations at Vernon battery recycler
Toxics regulators say Exide Technologies has been releasing hazardous waste into the soil beneath its plant because of a degraded pipeline.
State Of The Air 2013: American Lung Association Report Reveals America's Most Polluted Cities
Air quality continues to improve across the United States, but over 40 percent of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of particle or ozone pollution. 
Sunday Dialogue: Gas Drilling and Our Energy Future
Readers discuss whether natural gas from shale is a promising resource or a misguided risk.
In China, Breathing Becomes a Childhood Risk
The boy’s chronic cough and stuffy nose began last year at the age of 3. 
EPA criticizes environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline
The agency responds to the State Department's draft report, which concluded the project would have a minimal impact.
Mikhail Gorbachev Admits Environmental Frustrations With International Policy
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev painted a dim picture of the world's environmental progress on Thursday, two decades after he and a former Swiss lawmaker founded Green Cross International.
DWP watchdog warns high cost comes with L.A.'s coal-free plan
Weeks after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated his plan to move the city off of coal-fired energy, a city watchdog has attached a giant price tag to the initiative.
China Must Exploit Its Shale Gas
If the Senate confirms the nomination of the M.I.T. scientist Ernest J. Moniz as the next energy secretary, as expected, he must use his new position to consider the energy situation not only in the United States, but in China as well.
Environmental Questions Take Back Seat at Hearing for E.P.A. Nominee
Most of the biggest challenges facing the Environmental Protection Agency — climate change, major new regulations on power plant emissions, biofuels production and enforcement of clean air and water laws — were virtually absent from Thursday’s confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee to head the agency, Gina
The Fossil Fuel Resistance
It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts.