Environment

  • Ex-NY Mayor Bloomberg named UN envoy on climate change

    Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose Bloomberg, who made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor and was very outspoken o.... Read More
  • What’s in the Keystone XL report from the State Department…

    A report issued by the State Department on Friday raised no major environmental objections to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The 1,179-mile pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas. Some details about what's in the .... Read More
  • W.Va. official: People are inhaling formaldehyde

    A state official said this week that he “can guarantee” some West Virginians are breathing in traces of a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill, but federal health guidelines say people need to breathe “a lot of it” to be a problem. The crude MCHM that spilled into the water supply ultimately can break down into formaldehyde, Environmental Quality Board official Scott Simonto.... Read More
  • 10 U.S. mayors unite to address climate change

    Mayors from 10 major cities this week unveiled a united effort to boost energy efficiency in buildings to cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year and lower energy bills by nearly $1 billion annually. The cities participating in the City Energy Project are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando.... Read More
  • Conservationists warn of monarch butterfly decline

    Conservation experts this week announced that a record low number of monarch butterflies returned this year to wintering grounds in the mountains of Mexico and their annual migration is at “serious risk of disappearing.” Monarchs, which migrate from Mexico across North America and back every year, have been in serious decline since the 1990s. Experts believe the widespread use of glyphosate we.... Read More
  • Obama urged to announce bold environmental plan

    The Center for Biological Diversity is urging President Barack Obama to announce five bold steps to curb greenhouse gas pollution. The president will deliver his State of the Union address tonight (Jan. 28). Environmentalists expect to hear some promises from the administration and calls to Congress for action. CBD, a national environmental group, said the president, who last January promised to t.... Read More
  • Coldest Super Bowl could be the greenest

    Think of the Super Bowl and you think of excess: Big money, big parties, big crowds and an even bigger mess left behind when the circus leaves town. Well, at least the messy part is getting smaller. Beginning in the 1990s, the National Football League has sought to gradually reduce the footprint left behind by the Big Game, and the league is taking steps to make the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife St.... Read More
  • ‘Windfall’ explores the business of climate change

    "Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming" (The Penguin Press), by McKenzie Funk Apparently, if you look at climate change the right way, it looks like money instead of disaster — if you're looking at it from a corporate boardroom, for example, and not, say, coastal Bangladesh. Journalist McKenzie Funk spent six years traveling the world to report "Windfall," his account of how governm.... Read More
  • Fight for state’s air, water quality

    “If you aren’t at the table, you’ll be on the menu.” Never has this old saying been truer than when it comes to our current Wisconsin Legislature. And unfortunately, it’s your air, land and water that are on the menu. But Wisconsin citizens are fighting back by pulling up a seat to their decision-makers’ tables. Literally. On Feb. 11, Conservation Lobby Day 2014, hundreds of Wisconsin .... Read More
  • U.S. agency to consider endangered species protections for emperor penguin

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today (Jan. 22) said the emperor penguin may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The most ice-dependent of all penguin species, emperor penguins are threatened by the loss of their sea-ice habitat and declining food availability off Antarctica, according to a statement from the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity. "Our carbon pollution is m.... Read More