Noteworthy News

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.
A Pep Talk on Energy Innovation - "What Were They Thinking?"
In what might prove to be his last public appearance as energy secretary, Steven Chu delivered a pep talk of sorts on Wednesday to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and others at the ARPA-E conference on energy innovation in suburban Maryland.
It’s the Sugar, Folks
Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.
A.F.L.-C.I.O. Backs Keystone Oil Pipeline, if Indirectly
The A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s largest federation of unions, has issued an apparent endorsement of the Keystone XL oil pipeline — apparent because it enthusiastically called for expanding the nation’s pipeline system, without specifically mentioning Keystone.