Increases in prices for natural resources and advances in technology have conspired to make deep sea mining a commercially viable endeavor. But the prospect of large undersea vacuums sucking up minerals and animals at the same time has some environmentalists more than a little concerned.
The White House's nominee for director of the Environmental Protection Agency is tied up in politics, so the Obama administration is pushing back. It recently released a report that says economic benefits from the EPA's regulations vastly outweigh the costs it imposes.
Political activists have focused increasing amount of energy on convincing large organizations to divest themselves from organizations that profit from the exploitation of fossil fuels. Now, those activists say, they're seeing progress. But they have a long road ahead of them.
Farmers around Pennsylvania, and indeed around the country are increasingly taking the money they make opening their land up to fracking and investing in renewable energy. Specifically, a number of farmers have chosen to plow their windfall into solar panels.
The U.S. State Department has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the pending, and controversial, Keystone XL pipeline that lays the groundwork for the project to go ahead. The Environmental Protection Agency, however, has some issues with what the statement says.
The Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on improving the environment in the Pacific Northwest, has taken on a new endeavor. It's opened a building for its headquarters, and house other companies, that will be a demonstrator of sustainable technologies.
Copenhagen is already one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the country. More than a third of its commutes happen by bike. A majority of its energy comes from wind power. And now, a big portion of its cooling is done by ocean water. And it has its sights on an ambitious goal.
A pipeline taking oil from Canadian tar sands south to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico sprung a leak in the town of Mayflower, Ark., contaminating the environment and displacing residents. Though the major clean-up is done, residents are still dealing with the spill's aftermath.
Students across the United States and Canada were challenged to come up with ways to improve their local environment. If the ideas were good enough, they could win a tip to Costa Rica for a youth leaders summit on the environment.
British energy companies are expected to soon begin using fracking to unlock shale gas, in hopes of igniting an energy revolution for the country. But with the controversy around fracking in the United States, many residents are saying, not so fast.