More cities experiment with electric buses and other, cleaner forms of mass transit
Just as American drivers balance fuel economy, sticker price and overall value when buying cars, transportation departments nationwide are increasingly forced to weigh fiscal constraints with long-term economic and environmental merits and pitfalls before placing their next bus orders. Faced with a diversity of choices as electric bus makers have multiplied and as diesel and hybrid engines have become more efficient, transit providers are following their own blueprints.
Scientists prepare an inexpensive, accurate regulatory tool to track greenhouse gas concentrations
A new technique using a pair of laser-based instruments could one day help scientists more accurately detect concentrations of the greenhouse gases considered responsible for climate change.
Secret meetings tackle back-to-back energy-sector cyberthreats
The Department of Homeland Security is hosting a series of secret briefings to address "ongoing" cyberthreats to energy control systems, according to security experts.
PSEG CEO offers support for EPA efforts to curb carbon emissions
Like most electric utility leaders, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ralph Izzo has a few changes in mind that he'd like to see in U.S. EPA's proposed rules to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
Enviros take the electoral fight to voters' doorsteps
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Canvasser Louis Dixon estimates he has turned out at least 100 votes for the League of Conservation Voters since he started knocking on a doors a few weeks ago, but today he won't be adding to that total. He's at the end of a daylong shift in which his goal is to track down so-called drop-off voters in this suburban neighborhood south of Denver -- those voters who cast ballots in 2012 but not in the midterm election in 2010 -- and it's not going well.
Supreme Court set to hear momentous whistleblower case
The Supreme Court next week will take up a whistleblower case involving a former air marshal turned solar power consultant in a case that could have broad ramifications for federal employees.
Family planning could help the environment, but not in our lifetimes, researchers say
This week, a group of researchers promoted a different kind of global approach to addressing climate change: voluntary family planning.