Noteworthy News

An Energy Coup for Japan: ‘Flammable Ice’
Japan said Tuesday that it had extracted gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate — sometimes called “flammable ice” — a breakthrough that officials and experts said could be a step toward tapping a promising but still little-understood energy source.
Livestock Falling Ill in Fracking Regions, Raising Concerns About Food
In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. 
Sex, Lies and Garbage by Belinda Waymouth
With world population at 7 billion-plus, there are more potential people to have sex with than ever... not forgetting the inevitable result: more people. 
Study of centuries of weather suggests record warming ahead
First the good news: In the last 11,300 years, humans have endured a planet warmer than today's, even as they set about building their earliest civilizations.
As Fracking Increases, So Do Fears About Water Supply
In this South Texas stretch of mesquite trees and cactus, where the land is sometimes too dry to grow crops, the local aquifer is being strained in the search for oil.
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
The first warning came in the form of dead fish floating in a river.
Gov. Jerry Brown works to spread California's green doctrine
When Gov. Jerry Brown called on his fellow governors at a conference in Washington last week to embrace a California-style pursuit of cleaner air, he was doing more than reinforcing the state's image as an environmental trailblazer. He was trying to protect its economy.
Sustainability Pays
In recent years, many U.S. companies have found that a commitment to sustainability can boost the bottom line. It's a finding that has surprised critics, who have long claimed that when a business considers any goals other than pure financial returns, profits fall.
Report May Ease Path for New Pipeline
The State Department issued a revised environmental impact statement for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline on Friday that makes no recommendation about whether the project should be built but presents no conclusive environmental reason it should not be.
Imperial County betting its future on renewable energy
Situated in the southeastern corner of California, bordering Arizona and Mexico, Imperial County has long depended on agriculture and cash crops that grew from the good earth.