Republicans have their eye on Amtrak's subsidies as one of the many budget cuts that will be needed to narrow the country's budget deficit. But those cuts would come at a time when Amtrak's ridership is on the way up and service is improving.
Iceland is in a unique position as far as the changing global environment. The northern country not only sees the melting ice, but also has a front-row seat for the effort to convert to a clean-energy economy. Iceland uses clean energy for virtually all of its electricity and heating.
Scientists are studying how to genetically modify desirable trees in order to make them more commercially beneficial. They say it will allow us to grow more productive trees on less land, protecting natural forests -- but environmentalists say it will just increase deforestation by giving businesses something better to do with the land.
Massachusetts received top marks in a study of what U.S. states are doing the best when it comes to promoting energy conservation. And while a lot of credit goes to current Governor Deval Patrick, many initiatives go back much further -- even to Mitt Romney.
For three years now, Vernon Yates has been trying to catch a wild monkey that's made the streets of Tampa, Fla., his home. Sure, Yates has captured and kept countless other mischievous or troubled animals in that time, but this silver macaque has somehow eluded him.
King County wants to make you a deal. They'll give you access to their sewage for free. You just have to do something with it. If this sounds like a bit of a raw deal, hang on. That sewage is actually warm, and could become a source for clean, renewable heat for buildings.
With Paul Ryan set to be officially named the Republican Party's vice presidential candidate, environmentalists are looking back at his record with a critical eye. They say he has a lengthy record of voting against the environment, unless it also benefits his fiscal conservative push.
Spain has seen tens of thousands of acres of forests burned by fires this summer -- a problem made worse by the lack of rain and budget cuts that have cut into the resources the country can afford to put toward fire prevention and suppression.
The persistent drought across much of the United States has another casualty, the water in the Mississippi River. One of America's primary ways for shipping commodities to markets around the world, the low water levels means smaller barges, closed stretches of the river and, eventually, higher prices for all of us.
Scientists studying the Arctic are predicting the ice cap will shrink to record levels this year, a condition many blame on human-caused climate change. That'd led some to conclude that before this decade is out, we could have a summer day or days where there's no Arctic ice cap at all.