VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our "common house."
Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, Francis singled out a few hundred people who had marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner "One Earth, one family."
As continued drought conditions drive water restriction orders for Californians, cities are looking to crack down on underground leaks from water line infrastructure, an issue that one consultancy says costs systems an average 10 percent of the water they carry, The New York Times reports.
Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced residents of some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:
Nearly a third of the world's 37 largest aquifers are losing water faster than they can be replenished, a new study from the University of California, Irvine says, and the overstressed water supplies are situated in regions that support 2 billion people, The New York Times reports.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa.
Now they are waiting in suspense for China to outline how and when it would ban an industry that criminal syndicates use as cover for their illicit business in tusks.
The Interior Department’s independent watchdog is boasting about its latest achievements in saving taxpayers money and fighting fraud even as key House leaders demand that President Obama fill the office's top job with a permanent nominee after a six-year vacancy.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chairman Ken Calvert, R-Calif., sent a letter Monday to the president urging him to nominate a permanent inspector general at Interior.
As the Forest Service and Interior Department proceed with large-scale forest restoration projects, they need to better adapt their mindset and information sharing to address the growing threat of wildfires, a government audit found.
In a report prepared for Congress, the Government Accountability Office said the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have taken action on a combined 34 landscape-scale (50,000 acres or larger) restoration projects since 2004 to mitigate and prevent forest fires.
TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have promised the most innovative, impeccably run and "sustainable" games ever. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts are growing whether they will deliver on the last pledge.
Sandia Corp. is alleged to have used federal funds to plan a campaign to lobby Washington to extend its contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, according to an Energy Department Inspector General report obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
An Air Force contract on energy savings that costs $19 million may not be giving the military its money’s worth, according to a report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General, the Air Force Times reports.
People living near the decommissioned Weatherspoon power plant in North Carolina may be pleased that Duke Energy is planning to remove coal ash that has been sitting in the area for decades, but there's concern about where the ash will be stored, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Driller Linn Energy says it has finalized deals with private equity firms for $1.5 billion to fund acquisitions and development, even as it is selling off its last position in the Permian Basin for $281 million, FuelFix reports.
Many of the loans that banks have issued to oil and gas producers are being flagged as substandard, according to warnings from regulators like the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Wall Street Journal reports.