| 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...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 9:33 AM
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be coal-free within 12 years under a new plan announced Tuesday....
| 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,&...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:34 AM
This week's riveting scoops in the Guardian and the Washington Post about the data-grabbing driftnet the National Security Agency has cast over the phone networks and the Internet drew hostile fire from four of the country's five largest newspapers, and a...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:10 PM
After almost three years of controversy, a rock-mining company will begin digging into the foothills above the San Gabriel Valley, an operation that critics said would scar the mountainside, worsen air quality and cut off access to a popular trail head,...
| 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....
| May 12, 2013
POTOSÍ, Bolivia — A gentle breeze swept across Laguna Colorada, momentarily turning the magenta mineral lake water neon-orange as it rippled around the knobby knees of several dozen flamingos. Suddenly, a pair of frisky vicuñas trotted...