After months of legal and political wrangling, the Obama administration on Wednesday rejected TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the United States. Republican immediately criticized the decision.
The tanker Renda has anchored off the coast of Nome, Alaska. All that's left now is for the 1.3 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel to be off-loaded into town, using a pipe stretched a half a mile over ice-covered ocean.
Unseasonably cold temperatures in Florida coupled with a chemical contamination in Brazil have put a crimp on supplies of oranges, and that's sent the price of orange juice rising higher.
Officials in China are taking their biggest step yet in an effort to release more captive-bred pandas into the wild, in hopes of rebuilding dwindling stocks of the animals.
In Pennsylvania, there are increasing concerns that the drinking water is no longer safe, after high levels of bromides have entered the water system. Many blame fracking waste for the increase, but there's no definitive source yet.
In little Cordova, Alaska, a town accessible only by air and sea, they're struggling with removing the 130 inches of snow that have fallen in December and the first eight days of January — and more snow is on the way.
Lake Kivu has long sustained Rwanda with its fish. The new hope is that the lake, which is heavily saturated with methane and carbon dioxide, will produce the sorts of energy supplies that could make it easier to get power in the country.
India, a country struggling to meet surging demand for power, has turned to small renewable stations on people's homes to help make sure there's a continuous supply of power.
In Cyprus, there's a tradition of hunting and killing millions of migratory birds. The poaching had dwindled recently but as focus has drifted off the problem, has surged back.
In coastal communities from California to Alaska, communities are bracing for a monumental clean-up task. A debris field perhaps the size of California is bringing materials from Japan's earthquake and tsunami ravaged areas across the Pacific Ocean, with some items already making landfall.