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Almonds Get Roasted In Debate Over California Drought

April 20, 2015 10:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since each tiny nut requires a gallon of water, almonds are consuming 1.07 trillion gallons annually in the state, one-fifth more than California families use indoors.

Court Skeptical Of Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Plan

April 16, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan to regulate carbon emissions from power...

EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to...

Environmentalists Kick Up Dust At Fracking Industry In Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking in the state...

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought In Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

Southern California Water Agencies Brace For Water Cutbacks

April 13, 2015 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed tightening of water supplies comes as state surveyors earlier this month found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

Why Everyone In The U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 2:43 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: California’s Worst Drought In History

April 8, 2015 3:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Brown’s executive order primarily targets wasteful practices, including watering residential lawns and washing cars.

These Water Treatment Technologies Are So Powerful They Can Fight Drought

April 8, 2015 10:29 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A recent U.N. report found that two-thirds of the world’s population could be vulnerable to water shortages and 1.8 billion people would be living in “countries or regions with absolute water scarcity” by 2025.

California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown largely called on Californians to change their habits in response to the drought, potentially including landscape alterations and a rebate program for more efficient appliances.

'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A radio ad released by the Don't Frack Maryland campaign is running Tuesday featuring actor Edward Norton, who grew up in Columbia, Maryland.

California Cities Pressured To Slash Water Use

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash water use after Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered a mandatory statewide 25 percent drop in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

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Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's effort to link climate change to health comes as he works to build support for steps he's taken to curb U.S. emissions that are opposed by business and industry, including strict limits on vehicles and power plants.

EPA Announces Moratorium On Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In a letter to companies seeking neonicotinoid approval, EPA pesticide official Jack Housenger wrote that "until the data on pollinator health have been received and appropriate risk assessments completed, [the EPA] is unlikely to be in a position to determine that such uses would avoid ‘unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'"

California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015 3:07 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."

Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers

April 1, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.

Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Environmental advocates say the Arctic ecosystem is too fragile to risk a spill, and cleanup would be difficult or perhaps even impossible because of weather and ice.

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Trains With Brains Will Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing To Mars

March 26, 2015 9:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The locomotives come equipped with some 250 sensors that monitor speed, temperature and other conditions.

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Paris Smog Reaches New Heights

March 25, 2015 1:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Paris authorities instituted a 24 hour emergency ban this past Monday that prohibited cars bearing even-numbered plates from driving within city limits.

Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley start-up Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

Infographic: 20 Amazing Water Facts

March 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Able Skills | News | Comments

The theme for 2015 World Water Day is "Water and Sustainable Development." It's about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.                                                                      

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

Italian Companies To Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bioplastics, called polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs, could replace traditional plastic in a number of processes.                      

In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig Vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"In their current form, they're an environmental disaster."                               

Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called...

CA Senators Focus On Oil Industry, Drinking Water

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision. When it comes to a balance... 

Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations To Protect Honeybees

March 11, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of groups asked the Obama administration to bolster regulations of pesticides that, they argued, led to sharply declining populations of honeybees and other helpful insects. The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency...

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