Noteworthy News

Hormone-disrupting chemicals found in water at fracking sites
Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday.
Experts Eye Oil and Gas Industry as Quakes Shake Oklahoma
Mary Catherine Sexton has been rattled enough.
Energy Department to Give $226 Million to Support Nuclear Reactor Design
The Energy Department will give a small company in Corvallis, Ore., up to $226 million to advance the design of tiny nuclear reactors that would be installed under water, making meltdown far less likely and opening the door to markets around the world where the reactors now on the market are too big for local power grids.
Wind farms get extended leeway on eagle deaths
In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals — producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife — federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups
The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could
Here is a remarkable fact about global warming: It might be twice as bad right now were it not for a treaty negotiated by a conservative American president, for an entirely different purpose, based on motives no one has ever quite understood.
Eastern States Press Midwest to Improve Air
In a battle that pits the East Coast against the Midwest over the winds that carry dirty air from coal plants, the governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states.
The Toxic Smog Cloud Hanging Over Shanghai Looks Just As Bad As It Sounds
Shanghai is notorious for its terrible air quality, but the smog in this Chinese metropolis just hit absurd levels.
Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon
More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central Valley
For the first time, California has penalized an oil company over illegal fracking activity after the discovery of a video showing wrongful dumping of the fracking discharge.
Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report
Climatic changes -- and the results of those changes -- could occur within decades or even sooner, and they are becoming a greater concern for scientists, according to a new paper from the National Academy of Sciences.