| Feb 12, 2014
Re "Wyoming wind may power California," Feb. 9
Wyoming's antipathy toward environmentalism typifies sparsely settled states that cling to frontier-life notions of hardy self-reliance and boundless natural resources. Such conservative conceits thrive far...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:27 PM
State officials in West Virginia were trying Tuesday to contain a coal slurry spill into a creek in the same general area where a toxic chemical spill last month tainted drinking water for 300,000 people in and around the state capital of Charleston....
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:37 PM
EDEN, N.C. — Pete Harrison dipped his kayak paddle into a gray stain on the bank of the murky Dan River. He pulled out a sticky gob 4 inches thick.
"That's pure coal ash," he said.
Harrison, a lawyer with the Waterkeeper Alliance, was kayaking...
| Feb 1, 2014
As researchers at Chapman University break new ground in mining big data, an app developed by a group of its students is poised to take that knowledge to the next level — a practical, Internet-based tool that could help parents and caregivers make...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Moira Hahn, like many consumers, always took it for granted that businesses wanted as much of her personal information as they could get.
She didn't really start thinking about how such practices could come back to bite her until she became one of the...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 3:00 AM
RANDSBURG, Calif. — In 1899, this gold-rich Mojave Desert town had a population of 3,500 and boasted churches, bordellos, saloons, hotels, a thousand-seat opera house and a skating rink.
But when the mines played out, the miners moved on —...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 5:00 AM
YANJI, China — After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business.
Buttons and zippers, candy and dried squid, fabric, plastic tarpaulins, men's suits and cigarettes.
| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:56 PM
SEATTLE -- Eight days after the federal government declared that a proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay would have a devastating effect on the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, a Washington senator and 250 chefs and food professionals...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 2:28 PM
As predictably as night follows day, it was clear that the onslaught of lawsuits over the chemical poisoning of virtually the entire water supply of Charleston, W.Va., would be followed by a bankruptcy filing by the chemical company at the center of the...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:26 PM
SEATTLE — The largest open-pit mine in North America, proposed for Alaska's wild and remote Bristol Bay region, would have a devastating effect on the world's biggest sockeye salmon fishery and the Alaska Natives and fishermen who depend on it,...
| Jan 2, 2014
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France." But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic.
Three weeks ago, as bloody...