Noteworthy News

Aid Groups Push for Clean Energy
BARCELONA—When Samantha Smith started working for the World Wildlife Fund more than a decade ago, she was stationed in the Arctic, where her work focused on the species she was trying to protect in that habitat. ‘‘I had my encounters with polar bears,’’ she said.
Oceans' rising acidity a threat to shellfish — and humans
Peering into the microscope, Alan Barton thought the baby oysters looked normal, except for one thing: They were dead. Slide after slide, the results were the same. The entire batch of 100 million larvae at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery had perished.
China Needs Its Own Dream
On Nov. 8, China is set to hold the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party. We already know who will be the next party leader: Vice President Xi Jinping. What we don’t know is what matters: Does Xi have a “Chinese Dream” that is different from the “American Dream?”
Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard
Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95 and lived in Brooklyn Heights. His wife, Lisa Feiner, confirmed his death.
Shift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise
ALBANY — A few months after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was poised to approve hydraulic fracturing in several struggling New York counties, his administration is reversing course and starting the regulatory process over, garnering praise from environmental groups and stirring anger among industry executives and upstate landowners
One Big Step for Tesla, One Giant Leap for E.V.’s
Berkeley, Calif. AUTOMAKERS have a favored buzzword for promoting important new models: game-changer. Excuse me, but the game is not so easily changed.
Charging Ahead on an Electric Highway
Los Angeles LAST Monday I drove the Model S, a full-size sedan recently introduced by Tesla, the California electric-car start-up, from Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles. I covered 531 miles and the drive took 11.5 hours, during which the car consumed zero gasoline and produced no tailpipe emissions.
Power, Pollution and the Internet
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild’s machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt. The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space here with racks of computer servers that were needed to store and process information from members’ accounts. The electricity
Builders aim for super-energy-efficient homes
Crowned with three gables and painted in hues of gray and white, the suburban home in Lake Forest doesn't look much like the domicile of the future.
Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants
Driven by the Obama administration's vision of clean power and energy independence, the rush to build large-scale solar plants across the Southwest has created an investors' dream in the desert. Taxpayers have poured tens of billions of dollars into solar projects — some of which will have all their construction and