In Britain, era of 'green Tory' withers

World / Politics Nov 5, 2013

In Britain, era of 'green Tory' withers

by Anthony Faiola

Prime Minister David Cameron once dog-sledded across a shrinking Norwegian glacier to showcase his concern for global warming. Now, environmentalists say, his pledge to lead a new era of the "green Conservative" is in danger of melting away. Cameron's troubled road on the environment illustrates ...

Atomic waste piles higher at U.S. plants

World | FOCUS Oct 27, 2013

Atomic waste piles higher at U.S. plants

U.S. lawmakers have debated for decades where to put all the spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants. The dithering means that an unintended site has emerged: Illinois. About 13 percent of the country's 70,000 tons of radioactive waste is stashed in pools ...

Space trash tax eyed

World / Science & Health | FOCUS Oct 25, 2013

Space trash tax eyed

by Brad Plumer

Space is getting awfully messy. The amount of debris in Earth's orbit keeps multiplying each year, damaging satellites and putting astronauts in harm's way. If the problem gets severe enough, it could eventually make low-Earth orbit unusable. Scientists have known about the space trash problem ...

Environment Aug 30, 2013

Smokestack emissions could produce energy

by Brian Palmer

If pollution had a mascot, it would be the smokestack. Do a Google image search for "pollution." What do you see? A bunch of smokestacks with ominous gray clouds billowing out the top. It is a reasonable association to make. Smokestack emissions contain nasty chemicals, ...

Business Jun 8, 2013

Social cost of carbon is rising: U.S.

Buried in an obscure regulation on microwave ovens is a revealing change in President Barack Obama's approach to global warming. Last week, the Department of Energy announced an update to its energy-efficiency standards for microwaves, requiring newer models to use less power while in stand-by ...

World Jun 4, 2013

U.K. lawmakers rebuke Cameron

Lawmakers in Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition this week plan to rebel against the government in favor of setting pollution targets earlier, a measure industry groups say will hurt the economy. Some members of the ruling Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties plan to join with ...

National May 7, 2013

Japan, S. Korea, China to share air pollutant data

Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to share information on cross-border pollution, including on PM2.5 — hazardous particulate matter measuring below 2.5 microns — through a trilateral working-level panel. In a joint statement adopted after two days of talks wrapped up Monday in Kitakyushu, ...

Environment Apr 2, 2013

Exxon Mobil mops up large pipeline spill

Exxon Mobil said that one of its pipelines leaked "a few thousand" barrels of Canadian heavy crude oil near Mayflower, Arkansas, late Friday, prompting the evacuation of 22 homes and reinforcing concerns many critics have raised about the Keystone XL pipeline that is awaiting ...