Most new solar panels around the world went up in Germany last year. That's due in part to generous government subsidies that made them more affordable. But now, the government is reducing those subsidies in hopes the solar industry there will stand on its own two feet.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was recently named one of the Seven Wonders of Nature in a less-than-scientific online poll. Still, tourists flock to the site and it often evokes amazing reactions from those who visit.
Climate change has glaciers retreating at the fastest pace science has seen but some enterprising criminals are trying to give it a shove. A group of thieves in Chile tried to steal 11 tons of glacial ice from a national monument. They were caught, but they're just the latest practitioners of an older-than-you-might-think industry.
A desire to build a massive windfarm off the Atlantic Coast of the United States has the Obama administration moving to lighten the regulatory hurdles, seeking to get the project moving forward more quickly.
In the days after the Fukushima Daiichi plant was ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami, causing its reactors and spent fuel rods to overheat, catch fire, cause explosions and leak radiation, thousands of Japanese were evacuated from their homes. Now, more than a year later, they're still wondering when they'll get to go home.
Some as-yet unknown phenomenon is leading an unprecedented number of common dolphins to beach themselves on the shores of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Volunteers are trying to save them, but more than 100 have died. One scientist has a theory for why it's happening, but it's hardly conclusive.
Georgia is set to be the home of the first new nuclear reactors in nearly 30 years, with U.S. officials giving the green light for two new reactors to be built there. The reactors will generate more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity each -- but they're expecting a court challenge.
Chinese fishers have so badly depleted the population of sea turtles, many of them endangered, off the nation's coasts that poachers are traveling far and wide to nab the sea reptiles. As China and the Philippines argue over stretches of the South China Sea, turtle poachers have already moved in.
Europe's brutal cold may allow Elfstedentocht, 125-mile skating marathon, to go forward in The Netherlands
The Elfstedentocht is a 125-mile race on the canals of The Netherlands. But the canals must be frozen six inches deep for the race to go forward. It's only been held 15 times, the most recent in 1997. But this year might bring number 16.
Back in 2008, climate change was an issue Sen. John McCain and then-Sen. Barack Obama mostly agreed on. It was real and needed to be dealt with. Today, it's an issue that Obama and his Republican challengers agree shouldn't be talked about. Thus are the politics of climate change in a time of economic stagnation.