Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline as opponents face criminalization of protests.

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved the Keystone XL pipeline Monday, eliminating a major regulatory hurdle to construction of a project that galvanized people across the...

Algorithm provides early warning system for tracking groundwater contamination

Scientists have developed a low-cost method for real-time monitoring of pollutants using commonly available sensors.

Magnetic ‘springs’ break down marine microplastic pollution

Using tiny coil-shaped carbon-based magnets, researchers have developed a new approach to purging water sources of the microplastics that pollute them without harming nearby...

Activists say pipeline environmental assessment ‘appallingly incomplete.’

While North Carolina activists fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with protest songs and camera-grabbing marches, they’re also waging a quieter legal battle via the...

Museums as catalysts for change

Given the inertia that characterizes the public response to the challenges of climate change, it is reasonable to ask whether the forms and channels...

The religious case for caring about climate change

What makes a person decide if they want to take action on climate change? According to a Pew survey, Americans say they are most...

Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency

Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the crop canopy and increase overall light use efficiency...

What makes two species different?

For most of the 20th century, scientists believed that the reproductive incompatibility between species evolved gradually as a by-product of adapting to different environments....

For IPO, Saudi oil company may have to give up some of its secrets.

By CLIFFORD KRAUSSMarch 7, 2017HOUSTON — Saudi Arabia has often been a place of mysteries and intrigue, and its promised initial public offering of the kingdom’s...

Only Sweden, Germany and France among EU are pursuing Paris climate goals, says study.

Paris climate agreement UK ranks fifth in table assessing EU actions to cut carbon emissions by 40%, with most countries gaining wiggle room via loopholes <!--><!--><!--><!--> Poland,...

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