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Greening California schools a ‘win-win’ for students and districts

Passage of Prop. 39 last November opens the door to new funding that could go a long way in greening many of California’s schools.

November 26, 2013 more »

When the levees break – again

Sikh farmers in Northern California fear a dilapidated levee system could spell disaster, and are anxious for the federal government to make good on promised repairs.

November 19, 2013 more »

Timeline: The US Oil Crisis, 1973-1974

The endless gas lines, the fuel shortages across America – they’re usually blamed on OPEC’s oil embargo that began 40 years ago this month. It was meant as punishment for backing Israel in the Yom Kippur War. But the US was on its march to an oil crisis way before the fighting started.

October 29, 2013 more »

From Gretel Ehrlich’s Greenland notebook

Science and nature writer Gretel Ehrlich traveled to Greenland for BURN’s Rising Seas project. She writes, “Twenty years after my first visit to Greenland, I returned to Greenland…to contemplate the demise of ice.”

October 20, 2013 more »

What IPCC’s climate report says about rising sea levels

A major report out last week on the causes of climate change points squarely at humans. And the damage is sweeping. Ahead of BURN’s upcoming rising seas special, here’s what hundreds of scientists say about why the oceans are getting warmer, and bigger.

October 1, 2013 more »

Fracking in England: wicked spirits or energy bounty?

To drill or not to drill? A fracking debate in the UK heats up as energy demands climb.

August 6, 2013 more »

The science-policy disconnect on carbon offsets

The cries of carbon hawkers and traders might be drowning out the science of CO2 emissions & climate change.

July 15, 2013 more »

Rome BURNS: Fuel booty on the Autostrada

A gallon of gas costs more in Italy than in any other EU country. And now, the whole country can expect locked down highway pumps when the service station industry strikes this month.

July 3, 2013 more »

Global warming discount expires soon

Photograph by Sebastian Meckelmann

Natural sinks for CO2 are stronger than they’ve been in 50 years. But those natural sinks are set to saturate soon. Climate change is still happening, and fast.

June 19, 2013 more »

Rome BURNS: Was that a fracking quake?

There have been some serious speculations about what caused 2 deadly earthquakes that hit northern Italy a year ago: tectonic shifts, or hydraulic fracturing?

June 10, 2013 more »