Sustainability at a glance

An oil rig extracts petroleum.

Oil layoffs start at wellheads and work their way up

Apr 17, 2015
Unemployment claims have doubled in Texas as the oil industry sheds workers.
Posted In: oil industry, Unemployment, texas

Big coal gets its day in court against the EPA

Apr 16, 2015
A federal court in Washington hears a challenge to the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Posted In: coal, Environmental Protection Agency, clean power plan, climate change, carbon emissions

The intersection of food, sustainability and politics

Apr 14, 2015
A report suggesting limitations on red meat consumption stirs up controversy.
Posted In: Food, sustainability, nutrition
Dry cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm on Aug. 22, 2014 near Firebaugh, California. With the severe California drought, Central California farming communities have struggled to survive.

In California, farmers' water market is drying up

Apr 14, 2015
The market model for farmers in California who sell water is coming up short.
Posted In: drought, Agriculture, water markets; California
A giant tornado strikes Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds of others.

One man's dream: a tornado machine

Apr 13, 2015
A tornado generates huge amounts of energy.
Posted In: wind energy, weather, tornado
California's new low-flow rules on faucets, showers and toilets could prompt other states to follow suit.

Thank California for your low-flow faucet

Apr 9, 2015
California is imposing new low-flow rules on faucets, toilets and urinals.
Posted In: regulations, utilities, drought

When water runs dry, farmers focus on profit

Apr 8, 2015
Farmers in the dry Central Valley raise the highest-value crops they can grow
Posted In: water, Agriculture, california, drought

Taking the hydro out of hydropower

Apr 8, 2015
California's drought is affecting its energy.
Posted In: drought, california, energy, hydropower
Aerial view overlooking landscaping on April 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered a 25 percent cut in urban water usage due to a severe drought affecting much of California and the west.

One way to ration water: raise the price

Apr 7, 2015
New limits on water usage could raise prices to four times their current rate.
Posted In: drought, california, water, conservation, utilities
Ears of corn on display at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

The environmental cost of corn

Apr 6, 2015
Plowing more land for corn means a bigger carbon footprint.
Posted In: corn, crops, food industry, farming
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