All Energy/Environment

  • Sorry, Mr. Obama, Africa needs coal

    Africa faces a dilemma: It's vulnerable to climate change but needs coal to grow robustly. So which way are Africans going?

  • Oil prices drop, raising worries for debt-heavy companies

    Oil prices have been steady or dipping in recent weeks, despite continued geopolitical turmoil. Calm prices are largely due to soft demand for oil globally – a situation that could pose problems for oil companies saddled with too much debt.

  • Chicken crosses road. Motive eludes officials.

    Chicken crosses road in Portland, Ore., blocking traffic and prompting at least one citizen to call the police. Police say they were 'unable to determine the chicken's intent.'

  • Long Island flooding: 2 months of rain falls on NY town (+video)

    Long Island flooding turns roads into rivers after two months of rain fell in two hours on New York's Long Island Wednesday. The Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway was partially closed due to the Long Island flooding, police said

  • Tiger selfies: Stop taking them, says NY law

    Tiger selfies are now illegal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law this week banning the practice of taking photos with a tiger, lion, or other big cat. The tiger selfies are popular on online dating sites but denounced by some who say they are dangerous for both the tigers and the people taking the photos.  

  • Oil spill: Gulf oysters vanish after 2010 spill

    Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be contributing to a dramatic dive in the region's oyster harvest. Prices are up and the harvest is down, ever since the 2010 BP oil spill, but the exact cause remains unclear.

  • Keystone XL: first on a Republican Senate’s to-do list?

    Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline could be a reality if Republicans take control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Keystone XL has bipartisan support in both chambers already, and a Republican Senate could force President Obama to either approve or veto the controversial project.

  • Michigan flooding: 'overwhelming,' says local mayor (+video)

    Michigan flooding, which caused at least one fatality, is 'overwhelming' and 'catastrophic' according to the mayor of Warren, Mich. Officials are warning commuters against driving in areas affected by the Michigan flooding.

  • Two-headed dolphin: 'similar to conjoined twins' (+video)

    Two-headed dolphin washes ashore on a beach in western Turkey, according to Dogan news agency. A vacationing gym teacher discovered the two-headed dolphin, which scientists say is a rare occurrence. 

  • Panda triplets born in China. How rare are they? (+video)

    Panda triplets born in China late last month in the southern city of Guangzhou, according to the official China News Service. The panda triplets born were only the fourth known to have been born in the world through artificial breeding programs. 

  • Ukraine crisis: Is it Kiev's turn to close the spigot? (+video)

    Ukraine's parliament is set to vote Tuesday on a package of sanctions against Russia that could include limiting the flow of Russian gas through Ukraine and to Europe. The move is a measure of desperation amid a Ukraine crisis that shows little sign of easing.  

  • What if your smartphone didn't even need a battery?

    Many in the energy industry are racing to invent a better battery for smartphones and other devices, but what if the latest electronic gadget didn't need a battery to begin with?

  • Kinder Morgan deal: Why it's a big deal

    Kinder Morgan deal will make the company the 4th biggest US energy company by market value. The Kinder Morgan deal will bring three additional companies under the Kinder Morgan Inc. umbrella.

  • Oil prices shrug, Russia strikes back, Mexican oil goes global [Recharge]

    Oil prices barely moved on renewed US military action in Iraq; Souring Russia-EU relations means it could be a cold winter in Europe; Mexico moves ahead with opening its oil sector to foreign investment. Catch up on the week in global energy with Recharge.

  • Cat-gobbling 12-foot Burmese python snared in Florida

    South Florida police captured a 120-pound, 12-foot long Burmese python suspected of eating neighborhood cats. Researchers suspect that pythons are decimating populations of native mammals in the Everglades.

  • Despite sanctions, ExxonMobil (XOM) starts drilling in Russia. Putin cheers.

    Russian president calls ExxonMobil a 'model of cooperation' for its partnership with Rosneft in the face of Western sanctions against the Russian oil company. The energy giants are drilling Russia's first well in the arctic Kara Sea, an area with huge reserves of oil and gas.

  • Sunny Barcelona puts the rays to work

    Barcelona's solar energy regulations have moved the city to becoming an example of a sustainable city. Some of Barcelona's efforts include becoming the first European city to have a solar thermal ordinance and having one of the cleanest bus fleets in Europe.

  • US launches airstrikes in Iraq. Oil markets shrug (+video)

    The US began limited airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq Friday in an effort to stem the spread of violence. Despite Iraq's status as a major oil producer, oil markets haven't responded much yet to the renewed upheaval – suggesting that investors have grown accustomed to Mideast turmoil.

  • Finding new angles on solar energy

    Solar panels typically cannot capture solar radiation properly unless the sun is straight on the solar panel. However, a company has developed material that can help solar panels capture sunlight from all angles.

  • Global warming: Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050, says UN

    Global warming will reach dangerous levels unless deep cuts are made in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the UN. Limiting global warming is still possible, the report says, but will entail substantial technological, economic, and behavioral challenges.