ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Pollution or the threat of contamination prompted more than 1,800 beach closings or advisories along the Atlantic and Great Lakes coasts in New York and New Jersey last summer, according to the 23rd annual beach quality report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, "Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Forest Management on Federal Lands." Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Ned Farquhar to testify.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' deputy secretary-general is urging countries to transform natural resource inequities that have fueled conflicts over oil, diamonds and precious metals and use those resources to finance economic development and provide basic services like health care and clean water.
FAIRPORT, Mich. (AP) — A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that authorities will shut down a paper mill on the shores of Lake Baikal, which environmentalists say is a major pollutant threatening one of the world's largest fresh water lakes.
Critics complain that proposals to increase security of the nation’s power grid, drafted by the industry in the wake of an attack on a California substation last year, won’t do enough to stop anyone intent on sabotage, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Voters are getting a break from unrelenting negative ads by interest groups as the 2014 campaign cranks up, The New York Times reports, noting that 16 percent of the ads run by the Koch brother’s Americans for Prosperity thus far have been positive.
Lawmakers coming under attack for opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will get support for their campaigns from Tom Steyer, according to an open letter the activist published Thursday, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, under court order to issue a regulation protecting fish from water temperature changes caused by power plants, is delaying doing so by another month, pushing the move back until May, The Hill reports.
It’s “tragic” that “so little has been done” to advance chemical safety in the year since the deadly ammonium nitrate blast in West, Texas, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday, The Hill reports.
The Energy Information Administration found that natural gas stockpiles last week increased only 24 billion cubic feet, much less than expected, which triggered the biggest price jump in more than two months on fears that what was depleted during a frigid winter may not be replenished, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A spokeswoman for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is not interested in the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, dispelling talk that she might run, The New York Times reports.
A solar summit at the White House, headlined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior advisor John Podesta, brought an announcement of $15 million set aside for state, local and tribal authorities to use to develop solar and other projects that could help the fight against climate change, The Hill reports.