Disinfecting wipes are clogging the nation’s sewer systems

Bathroom wipes are being marketed as flushable, but once they reach the wastewater treatment plant they become a pain in the butt.

Climate & Energy

World Bank joins war on coal

The international lender says it won't support coal-fired power plants in most circumstances, opting instead to fund cleaner energy.


Have fun, stay single — it’s sustainable

People who live alone tend to live more sustainably, which is good news for cities.


E.U. bans another bee-killing insecticide

First the European Union banned three neonicotinoid pesticides, and now it's restricting use of a nerve agent that's toxic to bees. If only the U.S. were so concerned about pollinators.


Antarctic marine reserve plans scuppered by Russia

Russia blocked proposals from America, New Zealand, and others to protect more than 1.5 million square miles of Antarctic ocean areas from fishing.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL could hike gas prices as much as 40 cents a gallon

Midwesterners would see the biggest price increases if Keystone XL is built and Canadian oil starts bypassing American markets and heading abroad.


Climate policy is dominating Australian election

Carbon pricing is the big political topic down under right now, in the run-up to a federal election to be held later this year.


California cities want paint makers to remove lead from homes

In a trial that began this week, the cities are trying to force paint companies to clean up hazardous lead paint in 5 million homes.

Climate & Energy

China plans a major solar spree

The country plans to quadruple its solar generation capacity by 2015, taking advantage of cheap solar panel prices caused by a supply glut.