Noteworthy News

Carbon Dioxide Levels Topped 400 PPM Throughout Northern Hemisphere In April, WMO Says
Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.
U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%
Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum.
Promising solution to plastic pollution - Harvard's Wyss Institute creates bioplastic made from shrimp shells
For many people, “plastic” is a one-word analog for environmental disaster. It is made from precious petroleum, after all, and once discarded in landfills and oceans, it takes centuries to degrade.
8 Incredibly Efficient Cars That Drive Thousands Of Miles On Just One Gallon--Designed By Students
The winning entry in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, a competition that challenges undergrads and high-schoolers to build fuel-efficient vehicles, got an amazing 2,824 mpg.
Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline
Terry Van Housen had a question. What he wanted to know from the 30 or so other Nebraska farmers and ranchers gathered in February at the York Community Center was this: What do you do with 10,000 dead cows? That was the number of cattle Van Housen figured could be at risk if the Obama administration permitted the proposed
10,000 gallons of oil spill on Los Angeles streets
Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of an industrial area north of
Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded.
Amid Pipeline and Climate Debate, Energy-Efficiency Bill Is Derailed
A bipartisan bill to encourage energy efficiency in buildings died in the Senate on Monday, derailed by the contentious debate over the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s plans to issue new climate change regulations.
Looks Like Rain Again. And Again.
The acid test of a scientific theory is whether it makes predictions that eventually come true. 
Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt
A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday.