Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

Jan 17, 2016

Iran releases Americans in breakthrough prisoner exchange

Four Americans detained in Iran will be coming home and seven Iranians in U.S. custody also will win their freedom in a breakthrough swap negotiated by the longtime foes, officials in both countries said. As well, a fifth American was freed separately. The news ...

Jan 16, 2016

Obama halts new coal leases on federal land

The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves ...

Jan 15, 2016

A call for civility and honest debate

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama attempts to deflate the bubble of anger and fear animating U.S. politics, but it's probably a hopeless task.

Jan 14, 2016

Global mercury emissions down 30% as less coal is burned

Global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, ...