Climate & Energy

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

A council election in Whatcom County will determine whether a coal terminal is built to send coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.


Italian mafia boss says pollution turned him into a police informant

He knew the mafia's toxic-waste dumping would doom people to die from cancer, and he eventually felt bad enough to do something about it.


Unregulated bumblebee trade threatens bumblebees

Activists are pushing the U.S. government to crack down on trade practices that they say are harming native populations of bumblebees.

Climate & Energy

Boston to order builders to adapt to climate change

Under proposed new zoning rules, developers in Beantown will have to construct buildings that can handle floods, heat waves, and other climate impacts.

Climate & Energy

Obama moves to block new coal plants abroad

The U.S. plans to use its international clout to make it hard for all but the poorest countries to build coal-fired power plants.

Climate & Energy

Nebraska is a loser in the wind-energy boom

The Cornhusker State is the third windiest in the union, but it ranks in the bottom half in terms of wind-power generation. Some state lawmakers are trying to change that.

Climate & Energy

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

The thin crust of ice floating around Antarctica expanded this year to cover a greater area than ever before, but that doesn't mean climate change isn't happening.

Climate & Energy

Illinois is America’s nuclear waste capital

The U.S. has no central repository for nuclear waste, so it's piling up at power plants. Illinois now houses more of it than any other state.

Climate & Energy

West Coast leaders team up on a new climate plan

California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia will work together to tackle climate change. The specifics are fuzzy, but hey, it's something.