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'Orange slime' used for fighting fires heats debate

Oct 29, 2013
To help fight wildfires, officials often dump orange fire retardant from planes. But some Forest Service employees argue the substance doesn't work as promised.
Posted In: Environment, fire, Science, firefighting

How rooftop solar and big utilities can co-exist

Oct 24, 2013
Rooftop solar installations cut into utilities' revenue, but still use their expensive grid and and rely on them for backup power.
Posted In: solar power, solar cells, sun, climate change

Is fracking creating a 'manufacturing renaissance' in the U.S.?

Oct 24, 2013
With the price of natural gas so cheap, manufacturing is coming back to America.
Posted In: fracking, natural gas, manufacturing

The global problem of illegal logging

Oct 23, 2013
A federal probe into a Virginia household wood company has revealed a larger, worldwide problem with poached wood.
Posted In: logging

Can fracking preserve North Dakota's environment?

Oct 18, 2013
The fracking boom is bringing in a surge of development -- and tax revenue -- to North Dakota. Now conservationists have a plan use some of that growth to protect the environment.
Posted In: fracking, North Dakota, Oil, Environment, energy

Miami's flooded future

Oct 18, 2013
Miami is one of the cities most threatened by climate change. Will it be able to adapt in time?
Posted In: climate change, Florida, flooding, king tides

Amid climate change worries, a good year for fall foliage

Oct 16, 2013
Some recent studies suggest that changing climates could produce dull colors in future years. How much might that hurt the economies of states like Vermont, North Carolina, and Wisconsin?
Posted In: climate change, global warming, Wisconsin

High prices for corn and land shape Iowa economy, landscape

Oct 9, 2013
How the sky-high price of farmland has reshaped the state.
Posted In: corn, Iowa

Has the natural gas boom been too big for producers?

Sep 30, 2013
Fracking has produced a glut of natural gas and prices have subsequently plummeted.
Posted In: fracking, Shell, texas

BP spill trial enters phase that's all about the money

Sep 30, 2013
A potentially huge fine looms as the BP oil-spill trial enters a new phase.
Posted In: Transocean, Halliburton

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