Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Jul 10, 2014

Teen targets Pacific plastic menace

Dutch student Boyan Slat is only 19 years old, but he already has 100 people working on his revolutionary plan to scoop thousands of tons of damaging plastics from the oceans. The world’s “plastic soup,” much of it swirling around in five rotating oceanic ...

Jun 24, 2014

China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog

by John Kemp

Smog in China's cities is often presented as if it were the same problem as greenhouse emissions and climate change. In fact, China could significantly reduce its air pollution by enforcing the same emission control techniques that have been used in the U.S. and ...

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. can expect huge bill from climate change: report

Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year. ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2014

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed less pollutants are entering the water. UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development, the reef ...

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Jun 11, 2014

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Before the sprawling Texas city of Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...