Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

Nov 21, 2013

Puerto Rico's glowing lagoon goes nearly dark

A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico’s northeast coast has gone nearly dark, and biologists are trying to find out why. Theories range from an increase in construction runoff to inclement weather to people clearing mangroves to allow larger boats into the area. “We have ...

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up

Nov 21, 2013

Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up

An old rift between rich and poor has reopened in U.N. climate talks as developing countries look for ways to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming — and pay for it. With two days left, there was commotion in the Warsaw talks ...

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

| Nov 18, 2013

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

The process of setting a new goal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions was marred by a standoff between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Environment Ministry. METI, long a champion of nuclear power, was reluctant to set the target and the ...

French tilt against more wind farms

Nov 18, 2013

French tilt against more wind farms

Plans to dot France with wind farms are facing fierce opposition from critics worried they will blight a landscape that has helped make the country the world’s top tourist destination. France relies heavily on nuclear power but is working to shift to renewable energy ...

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can’t get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and ...

Volcanoes may hasten some Antarctic ice loss

Nov 18, 2013

Volcanoes may hasten some Antarctic ice loss

Accelerating ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet could be due in part to active volcanoes under the frozen continent’s eastern part, a study said Sunday. From 2002 to 2011, the average annual rate of Antarctic ice sheet loss increased from about 30 billion ...

Nov 17, 2013

Solar panel users must now pay fee in Arizona

Arizona has permitted its largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs, a move that may threaten the surging residential solar market. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, agreed in a 3-to-2 ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 17, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, ...

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

Nov 16, 2013

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

by Winifred Bird

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have recently been mulling major changes to the country’s farm policy. The move comes against the backdrop of high production costs and average farm size not having grown much since 1965. For decades the government has used ...