GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.
The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for environmentally responsible logging, including replanting after harvest, protecting water and biological diversity, and complying with environmental laws and regulations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.
In the spring and summer of 2014, Earth's icy northern region lost more of its signature whiteness that reflects the sun's heat. It was replaced temporarily with dark land and water that absorbs more energy, keeping yet more heat on already warming planet, according to the Arctic report card issued Thursday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles (135,000 sq. kilometers) of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.
The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine.
Four recent studies – a pair about the ice sheet in West Antarctica and a pair about the ice sheet in Greenland – find greater instability and a faster melt than had been previously estimated, which could trigger an alarming sea level rise in the future, The Washington Post reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.
Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there's a long way to go. And state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon the already inconsistent conservation efforts adopted to deal with the dry spell.
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three weak, emaciated eagles that were nursed back to health at a Michigan raptor rehabilitation facility have been released back into the wild.
Sandy Miner of the nonprofit Wildlife Support Team and others opened the birds' cages on Monday and allowed them to fly free from the grounds of Consumers Energy's Karn/Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hotter days mean less cold cash for Americans, according to a new study matching 40 years of temperatures to economics.
Days that averaged about 77 degrees ended up reducing people's income by about $5 a day when compared with days that were about 20 degrees cooler. A county's average economic productivity decreases by nearly 1 percent for every degree Fahrenheit that the average daily temperature is above 59, says a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper released Monday.
PARIS (AP) — A French court has sentenced a former mayor and his deputy to prison for ignoring flood risks and encouraging development in their Atlantic Coast town before aging sea walls collapsed in a 2010 storm that killed dozens.
The storm, called Xynthia, smashed through thousands of homes, destroyed oyster farms, flooded ports and unleashed heavy criticism of weak sea walls along the coast.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eight Greenpeace activists who staged an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Friday to trespassing in an agreement offered at the consumer products maker's request.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler ordered them each to complete 80 hours of community service on the misdemeanor charge. They are on probation for up to a year and will avoid jail time by completing the service and paying court costs.
The U.S. power industry isn't sure what to think about the Supreme Court's ruling on mercury emission standards, with some calling the ruling "significant" and others downplaying its importance to utilities that are already complying, Platts reports.
Coal producers, including Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Alpha Resources, got a boost in stock prices following the Supreme Court's ruled that EPA should have taken cost into account before pursuing mercury emission regulations, Bloomberg reports.
Crude oil prices slid further on Monday as traders looked to avert risks due to bank shutdowns in Greece and the slip in the deadline in nuclear talks with Iran, Reuters reports. Brent crude fell $1.20 to $62.02 a barrel, while U.S. crude dropped $1.30 to settle at $58.33 a barrel.
The Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Clean Power Plan may work to exacerbate already tense in-state relations between lawmakers and regulators, as they work together to develop state compliance plans for the rules, E&E reports.
Melting Arctic ice could work to alter ocean circulation patterns that transfer cold and warm water between the poles and the tropics, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change says, a development that could shift climate patterns in Europe, The Washington Post reports.
Wildfires have burned more than 1.18 million acres across Alaska this month alone, putting the state on pace to exceed 2004, its worst wildfire season on record, where 6.59 million acres were burned, The Washington Post reports.
Cheniere Energy plans to take on as much as $5.8 billion in debt in order to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas facility, which last week won additional authorization to export gas to countries without free trade agreements, FuelFix reports.
The local government in Lancashire County in England dealt a blow to British efforts to develop shale resources, rejecting a plan from Cuadrilla Resources to use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, The New York Times reports.