May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

May 15, 2015

Seattle, like it or not, becomes Shell's Arctic base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet the rig ...

May 3, 2015

Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds

An Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water. The Pure Water Brew Challenge is an effort to get people talking about how a vital resource can be ...

Apr 30, 2015

California backs 40% emissions cut

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced Wednesday that steps up the state’s previously established target, which has cut emissions partly by forcing companies to pay for their carbon pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order is loftier than ...

Apr 19, 2015

Mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak: report

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was thrown away in 2014, and countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness were the worst offenders per capita, a report said Sunday. Last year, 41.8 million tons of so-called e-waste — mostly fridges, washing machines ...