The politics and business of climate change
DROUGHT: Californians turn to rain dances to pray for water
The drought in California is so bad that some people are turning to rain dances to try to get the gods to release water from the sky.
AGRICULTURE: Wis. farmers remain climate skeptics, even while adapting
Although data show that Wisconsin farmers are actively adapting to shifts in weather patterns, most of them remain skeptical about climate change.
LAW: Former renewable energy CEO is convicted of defrauding investors
The founder of the Sleep Number bed could go to prison for the rest of his life after a federal jury found him guilty of defrauding investors on an energy company.
FORESTS: Palm oil competes with food production in Indonesia
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Smallholder farmers in Indonesia are increasingly switching from growing rice to growing oil palm, a lucrative crop whose fruit is used to make palm oil.
WEATHER: U.S. forecaster predicts emergence of El Niño during summer, fall
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), a U.S. weather forecaster, released yesterday its strongest prediction so far that the El Niño weather pattern could appear in the Northern Hemisphere during the summer or fall.
SCIENCE: Rivers may be key to Arctic-Antarctic melt mystery -- NASA
A major climate change conundrum is why the North and South poles have behaved so differently in response to warming temperatures -- as the Arctic shed sea ice dramatically over the past three decades, sea ice in Antarctica remained stable.
TRANSPORTATION: UPS invests $70M in propane-powered trucks
This summer, propane will light up barbecues and grills across the nation. It will also be fueling hundreds of new package delivery trucks.
BUSINESS: CEOs face rising shareholder interest in managing corporate climate risks
Activist investors will put forward a record 142 shareholder resolutions during the upcoming proxy season asking corporations to strengthen their environmental commitments.
The resolutions cover a broad range of topics and industries. But a common thread running through many is a demand for greater transparency about the risks associated with the production and use of carbon-based fuels and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
STATES: Hawaii's solar boom halts after utility puts limit on rooftop PV
There's a chill in Hawaii's solar power market following a utility's decision there to limit connections to the grid.
SCIENCE: Researchers see rivers as 'tape recorders' of long-term climate shifts
Many people might presume that big rivers are unchanging, fixed features of a landscape, but a new study argues that river networks can shift their location over time and help to dramatically reshape the landscape where they exist.