| Jul 25, 2013
| 5:35 PM
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia’s biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:22 PM
BEIJING — Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, triggered a landslide Wednesday that buried about 30 people, trapped hundreds in a highway tunnel and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake....
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Utility-scale solar plants have been given priority over mining claims on federal lands, according to a decision announced Friday.
The federal Bureau of Land Management withdrew more than 300,000 acres of federal land in six Western states from...
| Jun 20, 2013
Re "Obama weighing climate initiative," June 18
We do need a sweeping climate plan. But any expert Washington watcher would tell you it's difficult to have one when the notion of a carbon tax — or any tax — is discussed.
Even direct action...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:16 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department is losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually because it leases public land for coal mining at rock-bottom prices, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general
The report focuses on coal...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 11:33 AM
If you've ever wanted to pretend to be James Bond on the abandoned island he travels to in "SkyFall," you can now do so thanks to Google Street View.
The island of Hashima, near Nagasaki, Japan, was home to a coal mining facility that housed 5,000...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Emergency crews in southwest Colorado are hunkering down for a protracted battle against the largest fire to strike a remote mountain area known for its tourism and mining history.
Winds eased slightly on Tuesday to bring the West Fork Complex fire,...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:23 PM
A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China that claimed at least 119 lives Monday is one of a string of Asian disasters that have spotlighted poor industrial safety standards.
The most shocking example took place just over a month ago, when a...
| Jun 11, 2013
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival.
There have always been (at least)...
| May 16, 2013
| 1:13 PM
CANNES, France -- Films dealing with societal corruption may be nothing new for Western audiences. But in China, where the government keeps a tight grip on what appears on movie screens, that is hardly the case.
Which is why “A Touch of Sin,&...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:04 PM
L.A. Department of Water and Power customers will be able to sell back excess solar energy created on rooptops and parking lots under a new program approved by the city utility's board of commissioners....