The first six months of 2012 were the hottest ever recorded in the lower 48 states. Coupled with drought conditions along a wide swath of the country and the United States is feeling the pinch. E&E examines the effects of the record heat and drought conditions on agriculture, energy production, water policy, forest and wildfire management, and climate science.
E&E tracks work on a post-Kyoto agreement for curbing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
With the heft to carry half a million barrels of oil daily, the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline is a huge proposal. But behind the furor over it lies an even bigger question: How should America approach the massive fuel reserves that its northern neighbor is working overtime to tap?
The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.
The sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history. E&E examines the response to the spill, the politics of offshore drilling, and the aftermath for Gulf species and industries.
E&E examines the impact of mandatory across-the-board budget cuts on federal agencies.
A look at the U.S. environmental movement as it hits middle age, with an in-depth examination of five groups that are driving the agenda in Congress and throughout the nation.
There are thousands of oil spills at the nation's onshore oil and gas well sites every year. But the data are scattered amid databases, websites and even file drawers of state agencies across the country. EnergyWire spent four months mining the data for the most comprehensive report available on the spills that result from the nation's booming oil and gas industry.
A surge in seismic activity is occurring around the U.S., and many top scientists are pointing at injection of waste from drilling and hydraulic fracturing as a possible culprit.
In this series, E&E examines the plight of the world's islands and island nations. They contributed very little to the changing climate from man-made greenhouse gas emissions, but some may pay with their lives.
In December 2010, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz accused Range Resources Corp. of contaminating the water wells of two homes in Parker County, Texas, with its drilling operations. Less than a year and a half later, EPA officials in Washington sounded a full retreat and dropped the case. What happened in between has never been fully explained. But emails unearthed by E&E show behind-the-scenes lobbying, posturing by state officials and agency intrigue at the EPA.
Despite setbacks in Shell's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic, Alaska towns are preparing for another energy rush. EnergyWire follows the march toward drilling in the last frontier state.
A series on how the global auto industry is accelerating the use of both old and new technologies to comply with tough new fuel economy standards, meet consumer demands and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.
Cities hold half the world's population and produce more than 70 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. While they have heightened risks from floods, storms and sea-level rise, they are often left out of national and global warming talks. This series shows how some are beginning their own plans to deal with a more hostile climate.
The Northwest Forest Plan may have saved the northern spotted owl from old-growth logging, but it couldn’t anticipate a growing threat from the owl’s eastern neighbor. Meanwhile, timber-dependent counties in western Oregon are approaching a fiscal cliff as federal aid nears its end. Counties want more logs, but environmentalists want protection for owls. The Obama administration says it has a plan for both. E&E explores the confluence of wildlife, the economy and politics in western Oregon.
Earlier this year, a judge in Ecuador ruled that Chevron Corp. should pay up to $18 billion in damages for oil pollution in the eastern part of the country. The 18-year battle has been ugly, both in Ecuador and in U.S. courts, where Chevron has sought to undermine the plaintiffs' arguments and the legitimacy of the Ecuadorean court system. Legal reporter Lawrence Hurley traveled to Ecuador to investigate Chevron's claims and examines whether the case is any closer to a resolution.