States, enviros slam ozone limits in contentious court hearing
U.S. EPA's 2012 designations for what parts of the country meet air quality standards for ozone came under fire in court today, with various states and environmental groups challenging the agency's classifications.
Sportsmen seek room for wildlife amid drilling push
PICEANCE CREEK, Colo. -- When Bill Wille went hunting in the Piceance Basin in the 1980s, it wasn't long before he bagged a trophy buck. Mule deer then were plentiful in the Piceance Creek Basin between Rangely, Meeker and Rifle, numbering upward of 30,000 animals. A license to hunt deer in these rugged mountains of pinyon and juniper trees could be purchased over the counter. But these days, mule deer numbers are only half as large, and hunters wait years to draw a tag to shoot one.
'That stuff can get you so fast' -- deadly gas on the rise in oil fields
ODESSA, Texas -- Elaine Beadle initially thought the odor creeping into her home on this city's west side was a sewer leak. It started about the time she moved in four years ago -- a smell like rotten eggs. Sometimes it got so bad her eyes burned. She soon learned the real source: a tank battery that collects oil and gas from wells scattered throughout the vacant land and small homes near the intersection of University Drive and Loop 338.
A 'very young field' of research tries to measure looming costs of ocean acidification
This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life. This time, it put estimated costs on the predicted damage, hoping to make governments aware of the potential size of the various threats.
Calif. Gov. Brown vows to put water 'front and center' on his state's agenda
STANFORD, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said he'll put a spotlight on California's water issues over the next four years at a Stanford University conference aimed at highlighting the state's water crisis and ways to improve water management nationwide.
FERC, greens spar over 'cursory' reviews of gas projects
Climate change activists have opened a new front in their fight against fossil fuels at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They are pressing the agency to examine the impact of projects tied to the U.S. natural gas boom on global warming. They say the National Environment Policy Act, or NEPA, requires such assessments before projects move on. FERC disagrees.
Tornado clusters appearing more often, as seen through the lens of a 'tornado chaser'
Tornado chasers lead exciting lives. Greg Johnson was in a souped-up pickup tearing down the highway alongside Pilger, Neb., shooting a video of a tornado that was about to rip the town apart. He'd already seen the storm tear through the nearby Stanton area, and his team was hot on its trail.